Sunday, February 20, 2005

Winnipeg Sun Editorial: Kyoto hit could be a whopper

Watch your wallets folks -another boondoggle is coming -P-A

Winnipeg Sun Editorial: Kyoto hit could be a whopper: "Kyoto hit could be a whopper
The Kyoto Protocol came into effect last week and despite much speculation, Canadians still don't really have a clue what it's all about.
In a very short press release on the eve of the big day, Environment Canada urged Canadians to, er ... stay tuned for further details.
Could this be the protocol Jean Chretien belligerently fought for tooth and nail for many years? The same protocol which his successor Paul Martin grasped and raised high for all Canadian Kyotoists to salute?
Last week we learned the government wouldn't unveil its full Kyoto strategy before the protocol's start date or even when the budget comes down Feb. 23 -- but some time after that. So instead of a tangible policy or regulations, we got only some flowery words from Environment Minister Stephane Dion.
'Achieving our climate-change goals provides an opportunity to transform our economy,' said Dion.
'Making our industrial sectors the cleanest in the world, making our consumers the most energy-efficient and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Canadian economy.'
We thought Dion was supposed to be cutting greenhouse gas emissions, not adding to them!
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the unrealistic plan to cut emissions by 6% from 1990 levels will cost the average household a whopping $3,000 a year.
Indeed, taxpayers could be on the hook for a boondoggle that will make the gun registry look cheap and efficient.
In a little-noticed story from early February, the House of Commons environment committee heard testimony that strongly suggests the federal government has become Chicken Little on climate change. Not only is the sky falling, but it will not hear any evidence to the contrary.
Prof. Timothy Patterson of Car"


Bob said...

Yes, it could cost a lot if it is done in the traditional Canadian government manner. However, with a little R&D, say worth five million or so, we could demonstrate wind hydrogen systems with either engines or fuel cells. The hydrogen can also be used for vehicle power and heating for homrs and buildings. This will allow for the cleanup of the Northern Territories which are dependent on diesel fuel for everything. The technology can be sold to other polar jurisdictions such as Russia which would get the US to pay for it. The profits from such a venture could be used to expand the technologies us in Canada.

In addition, there are other technologies which can be treated in exactly the same way. It doesn't have to cost a lot and can actually turn into a revenue stream. However, that just isn't the Canadian way, is it?"

Proactive Rants said...

I agree with Bob -innovation is the answer. It can be done because the resources are available . Unfortunately , the government restrictions placed on innovative thinker-such as yourself -makes good solutions just that more challenging -S