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A version of the following letter to the editor appeared in the Globe and Mail, May 25, 2006

Kyoto isn't dead

Ottawa -- We are wondering where the usually well-informed Jeffrey Simpson gets his facts (Where's The Plan, People? -- May 24). He suggests that 35 countries won't meet their Kyoto targets. A recent survey by the David Suzuki Foundation found that only four industrialized countries are having difficulty meeting their targets: Japan, Norway, Switzerland and, of course, Canada. Of the four, only Canada is using words like "impossible" and "won't." The others intend to honour their international commitments.

Two hundred cities in the United States have voluntarily committed to meeting the Kyoto target. Kyoto is definitely not dead outside of Calgary, where one could argue it never lived.

John Bennett, senior policy advisor, Sierra Club of Canada, Ottawa.


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