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Fri, 2007-12-07 07:15Ross Gelbspan
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IPCC Chief Calls Canada a Climate "Opportunist"

Canada is being “opportunistic” in its stance on carbon emissions reductions, the head of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC said Thursday.

Canada has said emissions reductions targets should apply to all major emitters, including China and India, although past negotiations have agreed that industrialised countries bear greater responsibility for climate change.

“It is really an opportunistic position that they are taking,” said Rajendra K. Pachauri,. “This particular government has been a government of skeptics. They do not want to do anything on climate change,” Pachauri said.

Wed, 2007-12-05 14:38Kevin Grandia
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A Climactic Scandal? Harper Government Cannot Account for $1.5 billion in Climate Change Funds

Yesterday at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Canada's Minister of the Environment waffled about heavily and refused to provide a full accounting of the government's $1.519 billion Canada Eco Trust Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change.

This follows on criticism two weeks ago of the Eco Trust by the government's Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, who stated:

We are deeply concerned about very large transfers being made purportedly for certain purposes. But when you look at the actual agreements there are absolutely no conditions requiring the recipient to use the moneys for the purposes being announced.”

Lacking the oversight guaranteeing that monies provided to the provinces will be spent appropriately is bad enough, but even worse it appears the government cannot even account for monies spent to date.

Wed, 2007-11-28 12:37Bill Miller
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Canada’s PM pilloried over climate-change shuffle; rich nations urged to ante up

Criticism just keeps pouring in.

A United Nations report, native leaders, wildlife officials and the David Suzuki Foundation have all taken issue with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s maneuver last weekend blocking agreement on binding greenhouse emissions targets. Pressure is mounting for Harper to atone when negotiations on a successor to Kyoto convene next month in Bali.

Mon, 2007-11-26 19:35Mitchell Anderson
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Canadian PM Stephen Harper's Do-Nothing Recipe for Gobal Warming

Stephen Harper seemed smug about his contribution at the Commonwealth conference in Uganda around the critical issue of climate change.

For the first time in a very long time Canada's voice is being heard. And the consequence of our voice being heard is we're getting the changes we want to see,” he said.

What he wanted, and what he got, was that the conference dissolved without a resolution that even mentioned binding carbon emissions targets.

Mon, 2007-11-26 08:12Richard Littlemore
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Five Commandments, Stephen Harper style

“Go-for-it” Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Commonwealth leaders on the weekend that Canada won't bind itself to climate regulation until the poorest and most destitute countries on the planet sign up first.

Imagining how liberating it might be to apply this policy position to traditional areas of government, here are five updated commandments that we might expect soon from Canada's me-last Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

1. Steal in good conscience until the last, most-wretched and disenfranchised street person agrees to stop stealing first.

2. Kill at will until you get a sworn statement from Osama bin Laden, Moqtada as-Sadr and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff saying that they have switched, irrevocably and for all time, to the path of peace.


Sat, 2007-11-24 09:17Kevin Grandia
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Canada Convinces Commonwealth To Do Nothing About Global Warming

After a round of talks this week amongst the 52 Commonwealth nations, member states have agreed to do nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The so-called “Lake Victoria Commonwealth Climate Change Plan” points out the seriousness of the earth warming but recommends no targets or time-lines for tackling greenhouse gas reduction.

In other words, they recognize that global warming will cause mass hardship for most species on the planet, yet as world leaders they are not willing to actually do anything.

Fri, 2007-11-23 12:39Bill Miller
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Global warming is a problem for rich countries to solve, China says

The world’s most populous nation and one of its biggest polluters has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of next month’s UN climate-change conference by saying richer countries like the U.S. have caused global warming and now it’s up to them to tackle it.

China is already neck-and-neck with the U.S. in carbon emissions, mainly due to heavy reliance on coal and its massive 1.3 billion population. But as far as China is concerned, success at Bali depends on nations like the U.S. and Canada.

Fri, 2007-11-16 11:38Kevin Grandia
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Canada's Harper and White House Soon All Alone in anti-Kyoto Land

With Australian PM John Howard set to be dethroned in the Nov. 24th Australian election, Canada's Conservative Government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and President George W Bush will lose their last key ally in their anti-Kyoto Protocol battle.

The United States and Australia never ratified the Kyoto agreement in the first place and picked up a key ally in Canada when the right-wing Conservative government took power 2 years ago. The Conservative party quickly joined ranks with the US and Australia stating that Kyoto targets could never be met and they preferred a “Made in Canada” approach to climate change.

Such sentiments were not surprising considering that it was only five years ago that Prime Minister Harper claimed Kyoto was a “job-killing,” “economy destroying” “socialist scheme.”

Mon, 2007-11-05 12:04Kevin Grandia
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Conservatives tout former government's climate change action as their own

In reaction to the criticism leveled at the Canadian government today over massive cuts to climate change research, Environment minister John Baird defended his government's record by touting climate research programs initiated, not by his party, but by the former governing Liberals.


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