Federal government roles and environmental protection expenditures for the ecology. Some politicians are trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with political ecological awareness agendas


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   The Canadian federal government expenditures on oil sands, including tax expenditures, research and development support and the Syncrude Remission Order, is estimated to be approximately $1,193 million from 1996 to 2002, inclusive. The trends in government expenditure on the oil and gas industry described above are particularly worrisome in light of Canada's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. In 2002, 20% of Canada’s GHG emissions came from the oil and gas industry, up from 16% in 1990.
  The Green Party of Canada believes in promoting energy conservation, and the conservation of wildlife, habitats, and natural ecosystems, shifting to a green economy, building mass transit and transportation systems that make ecological and social sense, reducing greenhouse gases and achieving Kyoto targets and moving beyond. Unfortunately, they aren't taken seriously enough, and thus have no real power to affect Canadian Government issues.
  The United States remains the largest energy consumer in the world, and also the world's largest emitter of energy-related carbon dioxide. Although according to the EPA, "Over the last 30 years, total emissions of six principal air pollutants have decreased by nearly 25%, resulting in lower concentrations of these pollutants in ambient air;" "one of the major components of acid rain, wet sulfate deposition, has declined. and "air toxic's emissions have declined". Is it really doing enough? With populations ever growing, the amount of pollution will still climb anyway.
  In Europe, polluting emissions from transport continue to impact on health and undermine progress towards Kyoto targets, says a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Human exposure to increased pollutant concentrations in densely populated urban areas is high. Air quality limit values, which are aimed at protecting public health, are frequently exceeded especially in streets and other urban hotspots. An EEA study of 20 European cities found air pollution above recommended levels in every one, according to a new EEA report. The improvement of air quality is therefore imperative.
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Some of this information was retrieved from:
Climate Action Network Canada
Energy Information Administration
EEA - European Environment Agency

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