Apologies for Canadian Environment Minister Prentice

As the editor of a blog that works to achieve appeal beyond the borders of Canada, I must apologize everyone else for our Canadian obsession.

Even more, however, I have to apologize for the obstructionist and embarrassing approach of the Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice. There was a brief respite from this action yesterday, when the Minister said that irrespective of the debatable contents of the stolen email, Canada would still struggle to take a responsible position in Copenhagen.

Overlooked, however, was the story in which Prentice said he was just kidding:

“There’s always a lot of hype and drama that gets built into this sort of international event, much of it intended to force the hand of participants,” Mr. Prentice said in a speech to Montreal business leaders on Friday. “We aren’t going to buy into that. We are not going to panic. We are confident about the actions we are taking on the domestic and the continental fronts.”

The decision by U.S. President Barack Obama to come to Copenhagen appeared to be increasing pressure on other countries to take the issue seriously The decision by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested to the ridiculously optimistic among us that Obama’s gesture was having some effect.
But, as Prentice clearly indicates: not.


Yepper, that is exactly what they will be doing. The Lieberals are no where to be seen in the dust. See the Star today? Iggy maybe gone before the new year and socialist Bob will get crowned next, and he will move the party more left, which means Harper will get a majority next election. Then we can be rid of this AGW nonsense once and for all time.

maybe, but I think Harper may be getting a taste for socialism since this auto bailout thing happened. Socialism is like junk food, you can’t have just a little.

is getting a taste for political power and pragmatism. I doubt he has much of an appetite for socialism,but we certainly have been painted into that corner by the Americans as of late.

And we all know junk food is bad for you. It would have been cheeper to pay severance and EI to all autoworkers and let the companies die. That’s what I would have prefered. It would have openned up a niche in the car market which would have been filled by either new companies or existing companies, and most of these workers would have gotten jobs back.

Governments always fail when they pick winners and losers.

We have not seen the end of this yet. At least the Conservatives paid off $45B of the debt before this started, so we are far better off than the US. This is not over for the US, they are pretty close to being spent. Super power? Not any more, China now holds that torch.

I ponder sometimes, I tend to think the german model of decentralization is actually a much better one than what we have. It empowers local communities and municpalties. They are able to build their own wind turbines, generate their own electricity and then sell to the grid.

Farmers can use their waste to generate methane, and then burn it, for heating and electricity generation, also sell into the grid.

This style of decentralization of power is a national policy of course I just tend to think our current policy…and that of most provincial governments is one of strong centralization…..

It’s true, I think, that we should have more individual sources of energy and less reliance on one big grid. We have to push the politicians to remember that small is beautiful.

Here is his interview on The Current on Nov 20, 2009, before Obama and Harper had decided to go to Copenhagen:


Feeble; and the guest host was too easy on him.

John Geddes of MacLean’s Magazine talked to Prentice today:

“…“So we put forward a target of a 20 per cent reduction by 2020 from a 2006 baseline. It’s virtually identical to what the Americans have put forward. I know there is a process, public policies, by which Canada can achieve that target. We’ve done the analysis. Some of the targets that people are pushing Canada to take on cannot be achieved without inordinate economic costs and our government is not prepared to take those costs on.”…” http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/12/08/jim-prentice-sums-up-canadas-climate-change-postion/

More from Geddes about Prentice and Canada’s plan. The commenter Dot provides some interesting information about Suncor. http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/12/09/thinking-through-canadas-climate-change-position/