NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


April 25, 2007

News out of both China and Canada is bolstering the Bush administration's decision not to ratify the Kyoto global warming treaty, choosing instead to seek technological innovation and participation in the Asian-Pacific partnership on Clean Development and Climate, according to H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).   

China is soon estimated to surpass the United States as the leading emitter of greenhouse gases says Burnett.  Yet earlier this month the Chinese government reaffirmed that while they would participate in negotiations to shape a post-Kyoto treaty limiting greenhouse gas emissions, they would not commit to binding reductions in CO2.

And now Canada has apparently come to the same conclusion:

  • Canada's Environment Minister John Baird recently said Kyoto compliance would cost Canada 275,000 jobs and push its economy into recession.
  • Instead of Kyoto, Canada will join the U.S.-led Asian-Pacific Partnership -- whose members also include Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea.
  • The so-called AP6 was launched in mid-2005 to make voluntary cuts in greenhouse gases.

"Too the extent that future warming poses a real threat, the answer is not harming economic growth by restricting energy use," said Burnett.  "A better course is the development and diffusion of new, more efficient technologies that will allow economic growth to continue while preventing new emissions.  The Asian-Pacific partnership should result in far more environmental benefits, for a far cheaper price, than proposals to artificially restrict energy use by raising prices."

Source: "China Soon to Become Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter," National Center for Policy Analysis, April 25, 2007.

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