Anti-Kyoto Email Sent To Wrong Party

The Canadian firm National PR inadvertently sent an email instructing Conservative members of the Ontario Parliament how to "undermine the Kyoto Protocol" to Liberal members who support the accord. The National Post reported the misdirected email caused "embarrassment for a government that has yet to take a clear stand on the international plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." National PR, which is partly owned by PR giant Burson-Marsteller, helped organize the anti-Kyoto front group the Canadian Coalition for Responsible Environmental Solutions. Made up of transportation, energy, manufacturing and other industry associations, the Coalition is leading the anti-Kyoto lobbying effort in Canada. One Liberal party member warned that the Conservative provincial government "is taking its orders from an organization whose sole responsibility is to act on behalf of polluting big business, mostly hailing from western Canada."