March 3, 2002 – Vol.6 No.49
Governments of the U.S. and Canada have agreed to expand and intensify their existing bilateral efforts to address global climate change. All nations could work in partnership on this effort. If Canada and the U.S., why not everyone?
Canada and the U.S. will cooperate on issues such as climate change science and research, technology development, carbon sequestration, emissions measurement and accounting, capacity building in developing countries, carbon sinks, targeted measures to spur the uptake of cleaner technology and market based approaches to the same.
Mentioned as possible, specific areas of cooperation will be in the development of clean coal (which would be more appropriately named cleaner coal), carbon dioxide capture and storage, expanded use of cogeneration and more renewable sources of energy and the use of sustainable agriculture and forestry management to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions.
Canada will be considering ratification of the Kyoto Protocol later this year. With ratification, Canada will have to reduce emissions through government mandate. But the U.S. has no plans to ratify Kyoto, but wants industry to voluntarily reduce emissions. That voluntarism would be spurred by government incentives - tax breaks, for instance.
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