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Kyoto Protocol: Peter Kent's 1984 CBC Climate Change Documentary Used In Protest

CBC Documentary Comes Back To Haunt Peter Kent

Environment Minster Peter Kent has been voicing the Conservatives' plan to exit the Kyoto Protocol at the Durban climate talks, but he was striking a somewhat different tone back in 1984.

Back then Kent was working at the CBC, where he anchored a documentary on climate change called "The Greenhouse Effect."

In it he calls global warming “the greatest threat to life on the planet” and warns that the devastating effects of climate change “will be seen in our children’s lifetime.”

The documentary is getting renewed attention because of a protest staged by the Council of Canadians outside Kent's constituency office on Friday to coincide with the end of the Durban talks.

The group projected the documentary on the exterior of the building in order to "remind him (Kent) with his own words from 28 years ago about the consequences of protecting oil company profits instead of protecting the planet," said Mark Calzavara, an organizer with the Council of Canadians.


The group is upset about the stance Canada has taken at Durban. "Minister Kent said he was going to South Africa to defend the tar sands and he is doing that in his position on Kyoto which is paving the way for a weak international agreement on climate change,” says Mark Calzavara, referring to the government's decision not to renew Canada's commitment to the Kyoto Protocol when the current deal expires at the end of 2012.

Kent changed his tone slightly on Thursday, saying he would like to see a new climate deal by 2015.

The expression of openness to a Kyoto replacement came on the same day that the feds gave the green light to the controversial Joslyn oil sands project. Work can now begin on the $9 billion mine 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

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