On 12 December, Canada became the first country to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol. This decision was brought upon by predominantly financial decisions, since this reversal will end up saving it around $14 billion in fines. Environment Minister Peter Kent said: “That’s the Kyoto cost to Canadians.” Canada also criticised the treaty for hampering its attempts to tackle pollution. He said: “Kyoto is not the path forward for a global solution to climate change.”
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