Five Commandments, Stephen Harper style

“Go-for-it” Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Commonwealth leaders on the weekend that Canada won't bind itself to climate regulation until the poorest and most destitute countries on the planet sign up first.

Imagining how liberating it might be to apply this policy position to traditional areas of government, here are five updated commandments that we might expect soon from Canada's me-last Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

1. Steal in good conscience until the last, most-wretched and disenfranchised street person agrees to stop stealing first.

2. Kill at will until you get a sworn statement from Osama bin Laden, Moqtada as-Sadr and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff saying that they have switched, irrevocably and for all time, to the path of peace.

US Lone Holdout Against Kyoto As Australia's Howard Falls

Australia's incoming Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promises to pull 500 frontline Australian troops out of Iraq and sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, further isolating Washington on both issues.

Canada Convinces Commonwealth To Do Nothing About Global Warming

After a round of talks this week amongst the 52 Commonwealth nations, member states have agreed to do nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The so-called “Lake Victoria Commonwealth Climate Change Plan” points out the seriousness of the earth warming but recommends no targets or time-lines for tackling greenhouse gas reduction.

In other words, they recognize that global warming will cause mass hardship for most species on the planet, yet as world leaders they are not willing to actually do anything.

Global warming is a problem for rich countries to solve, China says

The world’s most populous nation and one of its biggest polluters has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of next month’s UN climate-change conference by saying richer countries like the U.S. have caused global warming and now it’s up to them to tackle it.

China is already neck-and-neck with the U.S. in carbon emissions, mainly due to heavy reliance on coal and its massive 1.3 billion population. But as far as China is concerned, success at Bali depends on nations like the U.S. and Canada.

John Locke Foundation Fumbling in the Cold

The John Locke Foundation's environmental front EnvironmentNC has this goofy post celebrating record snowfall in Switzerland and cold temperatures in South America as proof that the climate isn't changing.

As even the most rudimentary primer would affirm “global warming” is calculated on the basis of global average temperatures, not on one-off weather events in a single region or country. All theories of global warming also suggest that as the average temperature in earth's atmosphere increases, there will be a corresponding increase in weird weather.


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