Canada’s Got Some ‘Splaining To Do

7 Dec

Sometimes it’s cool to be the rebel but in Canada’s case, it ain’t such a hot idea.

I now understand why Stephen Harper was so resistant in to go to the climate summit in Copenhagen, no one wants him there.

This is the first paragraph of a Globe and Mail article. Sums it up pretty nicely.

The country “is the dirty old man of the climate world,” according to a recent Guardian article. Another prominent article published ahead of the Copenhagen climate-change summit called it a “corrupt petro-state.” Various diplomats and scientists have rallied for its expulsion from international organizations.

Well that sucks. Good ‘ole polite Canada isn’t so appealing anymore. And guess what? Alberta’s oil sands isn’t the only point of attack. We have one of the highest levels of per-person greenhouse gas emissions. We could blame it on our volatile climate but that isn’t a good enough excuse.

Harper aims to reduce emissions (as recorded in 2006) by 20 per cent in 2020. Maybe Obama will like him more if he does. This game of monkey see monkey do will at least work to our advantage.

But can he keep his promise? Jean Chrétien in the days of the Kyoto accord vowed to reduce emissions by 6 per cent in 2012. They’re up 26 per cent.

Brit critic, George Monibot, is not amused. He told the Star:

“I’ve always had the standard international view of Canada, which is that it’s a sophisticated, responsible, peaceful nation with friendly intentions toward the rest of the world. I’m sure that as far as most of its people are concerned that remains the case. But somehow a dynamic has been created within this wonderful nation which is allowing the government to do some terrible things.”

As NDP, Liberal, and Green politicians push to enforce stricter climate control policies, the in-power Conservatives push the opposite way.

The public embarrassment we’re about to face in Copenhagen will hopefully force Harper to take action in order to maintain his adequate global reputation. Our shameful eco report card is the last thing we should want added to the famed Canadian stereotype.

Time to clean up, Canada.

One Response to “Canada’s Got Some ‘Splaining To Do”

  1. Corey December 7, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

    I read that too this morning. I’m so ashamed of our country. How pathetic is it that we are one of the worst countries when it comes to carbon emissions? Sad.

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