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TORONTO (AP) - Canada's environment minister said Monday his country is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
Peter Kent said that Canada is invoking the legal right to withdraw and said Kyoto doesn't represent the way forward for Canada or the world.

Canada, joined by Japan and Russia, said last year it will not accept new Kyoto commitments, but renouncing the accord is another setback to the treaty concluded with much fanfare in 1997. No nation has formally renounced the protocol until now.

The protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming. Canada's previous Liberal government signed the accord but Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government never embraced it.

Kent's announcement comes a day after marathon climate talks wrapped up in the South African port city of Durban.

Negotiators from nearly 200 countries agreed on a deal that sets the world on a path to sign a new climate treaty by 2015 to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of next year.

"The Kyoto Protocol does not cover the world's largest two emitters, United States and China, and therefore cannot work," Kent said. "It's now clear that Kyoto is not the path forward to a global solution to climate change. If anything it's an impediment."

Kent said the Durban agreement does represent a path forward.

Canada faced international criticism at the recent climate talks in South Africa amid reports it would pull out of Kyoto.snip
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It's things like this that make me think there's hope for Canadians yet.

Let's hope this mentality "trickles down", if you know what I mean.

It might even get to California.

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