Bush, Putin, Harper Bring G8 to a Standstill

The countries most determined to do nothing about climate change brought the G8 process to an effective standstill in Japan this week - and somehow convinced mainstream media to celebrate the day.

In Canada, the two “national” newspapers posted laudatory headlines, with the Globe and Mail congratulating the government with “Harper Welcomes Bush Back into the Fold,” and the National Post announcing, “G8 Takes Next Step on Climate Change.”

Closer reading shows that the “next step” constitutes setting a 2050 greenhouse-gas-reduction target with no agreed start date and no demand for any signatory to take immediate action. No wonder the United States and Russia were happy to get back “on board.” They get to smile for the international cameras without actually lifting a finger at home.

Developing Countries to G-8: "You Lead, We'll Follow!"

China, India and other energy-guzzling developing nations on Wednesday rejected key elements of a non-binding global warming strategy embraced by President Bush and leaders of wealthy nations. And the U.N's top climate official dismissed the G-8 goals as insignificant.

The G-8 leaders invited their counterparts from fast-growing, pollution-emitting nations to sideline talks on the topic, but the session merely showcased a widening rift over the best approach.

Carbon Capture and Storage: An Expensive Dead End

Check out Andrew Nikiforuk in Canadian Business, offering a devastating analysis of carbon capture and storage - and a corresponding “solution” for trapping waste methane and CO2, an easier, cheaper and technologically proven option for making immediate progress in improving Canada's (under-)performance on the greenhouse gas front.

Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax

In a surprising exception (an interesting article in the National Post ), Jonathan Kay makes what he calls a “conservative” argument for a carbon tax.

Reading the piece, there seems no reason to define the Carbon Tax defence in a partisan way. It's just a good idea.

Cheney Censored CDC On Health Impacts of Warming

Members of Vice President Cheney's staff censored congressional testimony by a top federal official about health threats posed by global warming, a former Environmental Protection Agnecy official said yesterday.


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