The United Nations Climate Change Conference is in full swing at Copenhagen this week with the big shots moving in to take the limelight from the lesser players. So far Canada has borne the brunt of the scorn reserved for those who have questions about Anthropogenic Global Warming or responsibilities and remedial actions regarding climate change in general.
The United States—thanks probably to President Barack Obama—has avoided much criticism despite never signing the Kyoto Protocol and despite the high per capita levels of resource consumption in that country. Curious isn’t it how Obama has reversed international opinion of the U.S. in less than a year—and with very little real action on the environment on his or his country’s part. They consume most of what we produce, but we take the heat for the resulting greenhouse effect.
Canada, we are told, is obstructing real progress at Copenhagen. Yes, we who produce only an estimated two per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are—according to the Climate Action Network—“… doing the most to obstruct progress in the global climate talks.”
And we are treated to the spectacle of the Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, agreeing to collect so-called “Fossil of the Day” awards on behalf of Canada.
Yes, readers, the very same who man who surreptitiously backed the city employees’ unions when they went on strike last summer:
- he grossly mislead Toronto tax-payers about the cost of workers sick-day benefits;
- he allowed the unions to boot City Council out of city hall during the strike;
- he pretended to represent city management, but he caved on every material demand from the unions;
- Toronto has shown an unprecedented level of irresponsible financial management and general ineptness during his administration; and
- Toronto has slipped from second- to third-rate under his administration.
By pretending to speak for Canada, David Miller shows what a puffed up ass he really is. He travels 5,000 miles to be a central figure in the ridiculing of Canada.
Today I read that delegations from Ontario and Quebec are trying to differentiate their position from the federal government’s, declaring they will not carry higher emission-reduction burdens for the sake of oil sands expansion in the Western provinces. Shameful!
Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen and Quebec Environment Minister Line Beauchamp seem quite prepared for Canada to carry higher emission-reduction burdens for China, India, Brazil and the rest of the so-called G77 developing nations, but not for their fellow Canadians in Western Canada. Shameful!
Little account seems to be taken of why Canada’s emissions level is as high as it is.
We have an energy-intensive economy and live in the northern hemisphere where we need heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. In 2006, Canada produced 19.3 quadrillion British Thermal Units (Btu) of total energy, the fifth-largest amount in the world. Since 1980, Canada’s total energy production has increased by 87 per cent, while its total energy consumption has increased by only 44 per cent. Almost all of Canada’s energy exports go to the United States, making it the largest source of U.S. energy imports. Canada is consistently among the top sources for U.S. oil imports, and it is the largest source of U.S. natural gas and electricity imports. (Source)
Moreover, we are home to only 0.5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 1.7 per cent of the world’s GDP. Canada is literally one of the world’s powerhouses. Is it any wonder then that we are the source of two per cent of worldwide emissions?
I’ll match Canada’s real record of social and international responsibility against any member of the so-called G77 (which represents 130 developing countries) who are salivating at the prospect that their leaders—many of them corrupt dictators—will be stuffing their pockets to overflowing with the hundreds of billions they are demanding from the developed countries.
China—with thousands of billions of dollars in reserves is the third largest economy and first or second polluter and contributor to greenhouse gasses—has aligned itself with the G77 and stands waiting for a handout. Shameful!
Curious that the very changes the G77 demand of us would cripple our economy, yet, at the same time, they demand we contribute billions to their welfare.
Here’s hoping MP for Calgary Centre-North, Canada’s Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice and Prime Minister Stephen Harper hang tough this week at Copenhagen and add their much needed voices of reason to the negotiations there.
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