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myway – April 29, 2007
Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, was recently in Toronto to give a lecture and show his movie “An Inconvenient Truth”. While he was there, he took the opportunity to condemn Canada’s plan to reduce emissions.
Al Gore condemned Canada’s new plan to reduce greenhouse gases, saying it was “a complete and total fraud” because it lacks specifics and gives industry a way to actually increase emissions.
Canada aims to reduce the current level of greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. But the government acknowledged it would not meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, which requires 35 industrialized countries to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
The country’s emissions are now 30 percent above 1990 levels.
Gore: “In my opinion, it is a complete and total fraud. It is designed to mislead the Canadian people.”
Canadian Environment Minister John Baird rejected Gore’s criticisms. “The fact is our plan is vastly tougher than any measures introduced by the administration of which the former vice president was a member,” Baird said in a statement. Baird also invited Gore to discuss climate change and the government’s environmental policies with him.
Canadian opposition Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said Sunday that Gore was right. “Mr. Baird is embarrassing Canada around the world,” Dion said. “The world expects Canada will do its share – more than that, that Canada will be a leader and we are failing the world. We are failing Canadians.”
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