(Cont’d from Part 1) As far as the credibility of the U.S. and Canada in international climate negotiations, the Sierra Club’s Kate Colarulli thinks that continued tar sands oil production and consumption hurts both countries badly. Canada’s reputation is particularly poor in this context.
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, the director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s International Program, feels the same way. Canada, in her view, has been completely discredited at the table as a direct consequence of the tar sands.
In Cancún, Canada has been an extremely visible target because of the tar sands. Protesters there have made the salient point that Canada is dragging its feet on robust greenhouse gas reduction targets because of their desire to continue and radically expand the tar sands extraction.
Canada was also being tarred in Cancún – pun intended – by being the recipient of three “Fossil of the Day” awards, as voted by over 400 international organizations. Canada was similarly dishonored at the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties for “…years of delay, obstruction and total inaction.”
Over the last decade Canada has fallen from its position as a leader in ocean protection and become a laggard that has failed to keep up with international...