Canadians deserve more than climate of fear from John Baird: Greenpeace

    OTTAWA, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace today said that Canadians
deserve action on global warming, not a climate of fear from the environment
minister. But today, John Baird continued to fear-monger about the Kyoto
Protocol, using arguments that have been debunked time and again.
    "The fact remains that after Mr. Baird's smear job today on Kyoto, the
cost of acting on climate change is 20 times less than inaction," said Dave
Martin, Greenpeace's climate and energy coordinator. "It's irresponsible and
dishonest to try to divide Canadians. And the reality is that the longer
Canada waits to meet Kyoto, the more dangerous and expensive it gets."
    To try and build a case against the opposition's all-party plan that
would honour the Kyoto Protocol, Baird today pointed to hyped job loss
numbers, and fear-mongering around increased costs for vehicle and home fuel.
    "Mr. Baird's stuck in old-time thinking," said Martin. "We have the
technology today to help families and businesses use less energy, and that
means savings for people. And around the world, businesses and countries are
creating jobs through sustainability. Only a lack of political will stops
Canada doing the same."
    Greenpeace said it feared this was the beginning of a prolonged
propaganda war on behalf of the government. "If this is a sign of what Stephen
Harper has in store, it's more evidence of what we've been saying all along:
This government is out to break Canada's word to the world and is laying the
groundwork to step backwards," said Greenpeace climate campaigner Joslyn
    "Former World Bank economist Sir Nicholas Stern says global warming could
cost the world economy 20 per cent of GDP a year-or the equivalent of
$240 billion in Canada. It is time for Canada to admit the real costs of
global warming, and get down to work on honouring Kyoto in time," she said.

For further information:

For further information: Joss Higginson, in Ottawa, cell (416) 996-5679
(English and French); Dave Martin, in Toronto, cell (416) 627-5004; Jane
Story, Greenpeace communications, cell (416) 930-9055

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