(Updates with Kent comments from second paragraph.)
Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent said his country won’t commit to new targets under the Kyoto Protocol for combating climate change.
The 1997 agreement “is the past,” Kent told reporters today in Ottawa. “We will not make a second commitment to Kyoto,” he said.
Canada will instead work with other countries at a climate change conference in South Africa this week, and try to create a new, “eventually binding” international agreement involving “all major developed and developing emitters,” he said.
Kent said Canada’s signing of the the original Kyoto agreement in 1998 was a “blunder.” While Canada ratified the agreement in 2002, the government has said it will not meet the commitments it made under Kyoto to reduce emissions between 2008 and 2012.
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