Manitoba government backs Kyoto

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The Manitoba government has introduced legislation requiring it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 6% below 1990 levels by 2012, making the Canadian province the first jurisdiction to propose enshrining the country's commitment to Kyoto in law. The legislation would also require the province to set long term goals for further reductions by 2020 and 2025. Manitoba gets almost all of its power from hydroelectric sources and is currently negotiating to add 300 MW of wind to the 99 MW already operating in the province, so its emissions are already lower than many other jurisdictions. But part of its climate change strategy is to close Manitoba Hydro's only coal fired power plant, except to support emergency operations. "This is not just an environmental quest," says energy minister Jim Rondeau. "Not only are we doing it because we think we should be green and take care of the earth and because there is a depletion of fossil fuels, but also because we believe it can be a huge economic advantage."

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