I come from a rural part of the country where there is a lot of reliance on forestry, and the chambers of commerce in my region are absolutely desperate with worry over what's happened to our forests in northern British Columbia. The economy is being absolutely hammered.
When we had the forestry executives and some of the researchers who worked for them in front of the committee and asked if there was a correlation between climate change and what's happening with the pine beetle epidemic, they answered with total certainty that there was.
If we look at the Stern report and at this question of economic pain--because I think your organization has made an association toward the economic pain of honouring our Kyoto obligations--are there not two sides to this argument? The second side would be that the potential for economic harm to the small and medium-sized businesses in particular in our country is equally as grave if we don't act.