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.
The oily Heartland Institute has a charming package of PowerPoint presentations retreading all of the old misdirection about the causes and effects of climate change. For example, a presentation from Minnesota Senator Michael Jungbauer says that “34 per cent of scientists and practitioners (my emphasis) disagree that global warming is a serious problem facing the planet.”Okay. But, even if that's true, and even if the sample of “practitioners” include people who are vaguely qualified to comment on climate science, that still leaves two thirds of the respondents firmly on the side of climate calamity nervousness.
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.
Climate scientist Michael Mann runs down the list of bad global warming news: The world is spewing greenhouse gases at a faster rate. Summer Arctic sea ice is at record lows. The ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica are melting quicker than expected.Is he the doomsayer global warming skeptics have called him? Mann laughs. This Penn State University professor — and many other climate scientists — are sunny optimists. Hope blooms in the hottest of greenhouses.
A government-appointed advisory panel says in a 38-page report the Harper administration has gone too far in estimating the potential results of its global warming strategy. The group also said the government's plan is vague and uses questionable accounting methods. The report comes as the Conservative government is being sued by green groups for its foor-dragging.