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Wed, 2008-12-10 00:49Richard Littlemore
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Poznan: Canadian Negotiating Position "Profoundly Hypocritical"

Canada’s lead negotiator at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Michael Martin, has declared - unequivocally - that Canada is not blocking progress at the talks this week. But in a morning briefing to the Canadian arm of the International Climate Action Network today Martin made it just as clear that Canada has no inrtention of being part of that progress.

It would appear from his recently reported comments that Martin has been suffering a fair amount of criticism for Canada’s stance at the climate conference in Poznan. Specifically, Canada was assumed to be blocking agreement on a reasonable greenhouse (GHG) gas reduction target for so-called “Annex 1” countries, the wealthiest signatories to the Kyoto Protocol.

On the contrary, Martin said this morning. Canada is fully supportive of the reduction currently being discussed. However, “it’s not Canada’s view that we can do a number within that range.”

Welcome to diplomatic doublespeak 101.

Mon, 2008-12-08 05:29Richard Littlemore
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Poznan, Sleep Deprivation and Promises of Disappointment

Dense fog hangs inside and outside the Frankfurt airport, a hazy waypoint on the road to Poznan.

As the most dedicated climate policy watchers all know, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is currently in its 14th session in Poznan, Poland. For the last week, senior climate policy negotiators from around the world have been feeling one another out, testing support for ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets to replace the now irrelevant Kyoto accord (which times out in 2012).

This week, a collection of politicians are scheduled to join the party, and the early reports suggest that they will shift the mood from merely pessimistic to decidedly defeatist.

On behalf of the DeSmogBlog, I will be on the ground in Poznan, ready to bring you the news.

Thu, 2008-11-06 11:04Jim Hoggan
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Obama triggers first environmental dividend

Canada moves to protect U.S. market for dirty oil

The world enjoyed the first environmental dividend of an Obama presidency yesterday when a worried Canadian government proposed a joint North American action plan to address climate change.

Although it appeared that Canada's real goal was to ensure a continued U.S. market for its huge dirty-fuel tar sands project, this could still be a solid step toward a continental cap-and-trade program - which would be the first significant gesture from the world region that, so far, has been the least responsible in its approach to global warming.

 

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