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Ambrose delighted by Canada's GHG failures

It was with almost embarrassing enthusiasm that Canadian Environment Minister Rona Ambrose announced last week how pathetically Canada is underperforming in its promise to address climate change. Speaking in the House of Commons, Ambrose said:

“Later this week we will release Canada's greenhouse-gas inventory and it will show that Canada's [level of emissions] is now 35% higher than the Kyoto targets that the Liberals set . To put that into perspective … that would mean that today we would have to take every train, plane and automobile off the streets of Canada. That is not realistic.” 

Judging a Man by the Company He Keeps

Check out the Coalblog for some un-emancipated opinions on climate change. And check their favourite “experts” (Tim Patterson, for one) against the list of usual suspects who are seen to be challenging the science in every venue and on every occasion.

Ottawa Drifting Toward Anti-Kyoto Group

It is, woefully, no surprise whatsoever that Canada's Conservative government is considering joining the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. As the Globe and Mail reported today, anti-Environment Minister Rona Ambrose is cuddling up to the U.S. policy position, saying “I've been looking at the Asia-Pacific Partnership for a number of months now because the key principles around the Asia Pacific Partnership are very much in line with where our government wants to go.”

A Tart Counterpoint to Ibbitson's Irrelevance

We at the DeSmogBlog missed Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson's original (and clearly goofy) column, but nobody should miss the response: a letter to the editor by Christian Schoof, research associate in glaciology, UBC Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Re: Clean-Air Treaty Worthy Of Effort (April 20) by John Ibbitson: So, 90 scientists encourage the government to tackle climate change, 60 recommend the opposite. What is a layman to do?”

Give a Big Hand to the Supporters of Blogland

Here's nice piece, finally offering a bit of balance to the recent major media assault on the credibility and usefulness of blogs. Kudos to the Vancouver Courier, in which the article first appeared, and to the open-minded Geoff Olson:

Ugliness of blogging in eye of beholden

By Geoff Olson

University of BC Meeting Kyoto and Saving Money

Check this cool, and quite short, story on how one mostly government-funded institution is maki


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