CP:Corporate leaders urge action on climate change, 2005-11-17

CP reported that Canadian Corporate leaders urge action on climate change, on 2005-11-17:

"In a letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin...heads of... Alcan, Shell Canada, Bombardier, Power Corporation and Business Depot, come out solidly in support of" the belief that "all governments, corporations, consumers and citizens have responsibilities under the Kyoto Protocol," and that further commitments must follow:

  • The world must act urgently to stabilize the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and minimize the global impacts of climate change.

  • We accept the IPCC consensus that climate change raises the risk of severe consequences for human health and security and the environment. We note that Canada is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

"In their letter to Martin, the CEOs say their companies are already working to reduce greenhouse emissions and to minimize the adverse impact of climate change, but need policy certainty to guide action for post-2012."

"We need a strategy now for the next 50 years, with short and medium-term targets to guide us. Governments must set clear markers along the way to unleash competitive market forces and allow the discovery of a long-term value for carbon emission reductions.

"Only then will we secure the deep reductions needed to prevent human interference with the climate system.''

"The letter is signed by the following CEOs: Travis Engen, Alcan; Bob Elton, BC Hydro; Laurent Beaudoin, Bombardier; Russel Horner, Catalyst Paper; Alban D'Amours, Desjardins Group; Doug Muzyka, E.I. Dupont Canada; Derek Pannell, Falconbridge; John R. Wells, Interface Americas; Brian Foody, Iogen; Jack Cogen, Natsource Asset Management; ((Andre Desmarais, Power Corp.; Clive Mather, Shell Canada; Frank Dottori, Tembec; George Cooke, Dominion of Canada General Insurance; Greg Hanson, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance.

It is also signed by: John Murray, president, CH2M HILL; Annette Verschuren, president, Home Depot Canada; and David Wilmot, chair, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction."

As of 2005-12, Thomas d'Aquino of the Business Council on National Issues, Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada, Ralph Klein and the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, and George W. Bush and the US federal government continued to oppose Kyoto and some to deny that human-caused climate change is a problem at all, even after the destruction of New Orleans.