Ottawa gains key allies to ‘move beyond Kyoto’

They are fast gaining an image as the black-hatted villains of the Bali conference. Three countries – Canada, Japan and the United States – are sparking the greatest wrath of environmentalists in the early days of the conference on global warming.

There are growing signs that the Harper government has formed an unofficial troika with Tokyo and Washington at the negotiations. Using similar language in their statements, the three countries seem to have co-ordinated their message, stressing that economic growth is just as valuable as the environment.

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