Behind Canada's Kyoto cop-out

Following Washington's lead, Ottawa says Kyoto is no use in the battle against global warming, and it's ready to negotiate a new deal covering all major polluters. But will other nations want to negotiate with Canada?

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's widely criticised withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol ends a decade-long saga that began in earnest when former US President George W. Bush walked away from the global climate change treaty in 2001.

The close links between the two economies, and the fact the United States has a population almost 10 times larger than that of Canada, meant that Ottawa ultimately felt it had to follow Washington's lead and ignore the diplomatic fallout.

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