Confucius to Stephen Harper: Get the Lead Out

China's most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist (551-479 BC) is, of course, not still here to advise the Canadian prime minister on how to react to this country's embarrassing failure to come anywhere close to meeting it's Kyoto commitments. Fortunately, however, Confucius left some all-purpose aphorisms that might offer Harper wisdom. In this case:

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” 



Harper makes promises of emissions reductions for the future, AFTER he will be out of office [for yrs. 2020, and 2050]

I think that only reductions for the period during the leader’s term in office really count as committments, because future governments can change those committments.

Look how easily and callously Harper dismissed the targets set out by the Liberals for Kyoto!!

Even the B.C. Premier Campbell’s much applauded reductions targets are for AFTER his term is up. No politician today is doing anything that really counts, and emission continue to rise.