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Wed, 2007-10-17 06:10Ross Gelbspan
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Speak Up, David, Goliath Has A Hearing Problem

David Suzuki, Canada's best-known environmentalist, has spent a generation encouraging Canadians to look after the environment, but it seems they have not been listening.

While Canada ratified the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, the current, Conservative government says the standards cannot be met, reopening a debate he thought had been won.

“We've already been here before, and that's the thing that breaks my heart,” he told Reuters during one of his frequent trips to Toronto from his home in Vancouver. “If we had taken it seriously and done something, we would be so far past the Kyoto target today, and the problems would be infinitely simpler and cheaper.”

Tue, 2007-10-02 17:26Richard Littlemore
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Suncor Puts the Lie to Energy Intensity Promises

President George Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and now the Canadian Council of Chief Executives are all suggesting that voluntary targets to reduce energy intensity will be a sufficient short-term response to climate change.

But Suncor Energy, one of the biggest players in the biggest CO2 emissions industry in Canada, has offered a stellar illustration of the idiocy of that position.

Thu, 2007-09-27 14:21Bill Miller
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U.S. hosts climate-change conference and promptly digs in its heels

The meeting began just two days after a United Nations gathering aimed at finding agreement on binding limits on greenhouse-gas emissions, which the U.S. and Canada have opposed. While U.S. officials insist the latest conference was not designed to undercut UN efforts, opening remarks heralded a collision course between the Bush Administration and other world leaders seeking tough new standards to succeed the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012.

Wed, 2007-09-26 15:11Emily Murgatroyd
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Canadian PM Harper repackaging Bush's carbon intensity spin

Stephen Harper's lack of real leadership in the climate change crisis means that Canada's opportunity to lead the world in meaningful and significant environmental policy is traveling further further away from reality.

His hard push toward intensity targets over hard caps begs the question - just how stupid does he think Canadians are?

(Apparently as stupid as Bush find Americans).

Wed, 2007-09-26 13:33Kevin Grandia
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Video: Not even Bush, Harper and Howard can Spin Mother Nature

No matter how much George W Bush, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talk, the bottom line is that mother nature isn't listening.

If you like this video, please vote for it on Digg.com here and Hugg.com here and help us get the message out.

Tue, 2007-09-25 09:45Richard Littlemore
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Canada on Climate Change: A Humiliation a Day

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper used an emergency UN meeting that was dedicated to salvaging the Kyoto Protocol Monday as an opportunity to humiliate Canada yet further on the international stage.

Ignoring Kyoto altogether, Harper chose rather to announce that Canada will join the Anti-Kyoto Partnership, officially known as the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP). A cabal of the worst greenhouse gas polluters in the world, the APP was conceived as an alternative to Kyoto. Led by backsliders like the U.S. and Australia, the APP has advocated abandoning the fixed-target regime of Kyoto in favor of what Harper calls a “flexible and balanced” approach that is strictly voluntary. Where Kyoto gave rise to a tiny and tenuous European carbon credit market, the APP would destroy that baby step and restart the clock from zero.

Mon, 2007-09-24 10:48Bill Miller
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Canada’s Harper evokes ‘F-word,’ touts technology at UN summit

The prime minister’s call for flexibility at the largest-ever political summit on climate change held firm with the Conservative government's opposition to a UN-driven push for short-term binding targets, and its preference for goals that have less economic impact. Not to worry, though, technology will save the day.

Mon, 2007-09-24 08:57Richard Littlemore
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Harper Approaches UN with "next to no credibility"

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who only stumbled upon the reality of climate change in the last year, is scheduled to address the United Nations today to boast about Canada's climate change plans.

Per the partial quote above, he goes with a disadvantage. According to Johanne Whitmore, a climate change policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, “We (Canadians) have next to no credibility on the international negotiation level.”

I actually think that Whitmore is overstating the case. Canada has less than no credibility on this issue.
Mon, 2007-09-17 12:21Kevin Grandia
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John Baird photoshopping a greener image

Was trolling around the government of Canada's “ecoACTION” page and came across this photo of the Minister of Environment, John Baird photoshopped onto a backdrop of mountains and snow.

Just couldn't help taking some pot-shots at this poorly contrived attempt to make the Environment Minister look like a man-of-nature (who wears a suit in the middle of the winter on top of a mountain!?). So I did some further edits…
Sun, 2007-09-09 09:24Richard Littlemore
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Proud to be Canadian: NOT!

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking today at the close of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Sydney, said, “I’m also very pleased that the Sydney Declaration mirrors the Canadian climate change approach on many levels.”

By which he clearly meant: We're not planning to do anything about it, either.

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