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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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
The Conservative government first denied the scientific evidence for man-made global warming. They then accepted that something needed to be done, but it needed to be a “Made in Canada” solution.
Now the Conservative government appears to be shucking the “Made in Canada” talking point for an “international agreement” one.
The Prime Minister is under fire from both Liberals and New Democrats for remaining non-committal on whether Canada will back a proposal by Germany for a post-Kyoto agreement when G8 nations meet in Germany next week. China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa will also be part of the discussions.