May 4, 2007
UN report contradicts Baird claim that Kyoto equals economic devastation


Environment minister John Baird. (CP/Tom Hanson)

OTTAWA (CP) - Opposition parties say a new United Nations climate change report debunks the Harper government's contention that Canada can't meet its Kyoto commitments without falling into a deep recession.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its third report, says steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions can be accomplished at a cost of only 0.12 per cent of the world's annual economic output.

But Environment Minister John Baird is side-stepping the cost aspect of the report to focus on another element in which the government's latest green plan stacks up more favourably.

Baird says Canada will actually outperform the UN panel's call for greenhouse gas emissions to peak in 2015.

He says under his plan emissions will peak by 2012 at the latest, before beginning to drop sharply.


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