Canada Pulls Out of the Kyoto Protocol

Possibly bigger news than the Huntsman-Gingrich showdown, this.

Canada will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the country’s minister of the environment has said. Peter Kent said the protocol “does not represent a way forward for Canada.”

This was the year that Canada’s Conservative Party finally won an outright governing majority, making a move like this possible. But given that Canada wasn’t meeting its targets, what choice do they have? And who’s optimistic about a Kyoto successor being agreed upon by the deadline, one year from now?