Climate Change... Canada's Shame?
I have never been embarrassed to be Canadian until now. We were a leader in environmental change and awareness, and now we are one of the worst greenhouse gas polluters on the planet.
I am not an expert on the Kyoto protocols nor am I an expert on environmental change. I suspect also, that many readers and bloggers also are not, but one thing is crystal clear. If something is not done soon, we are headed for a world of hurt in a very short time. This means that we all need to do something, regardless of our geographic location. Canada used to be a leader int his area. We had very minimal targets to reach... something like a 6% decrease of 1990 levels by 2012? I am not sure. However, we are now at a much higher level (27% in fact). In other words, our greenhouse gas emmissions are getting worse, and the government doesn't seem too worried.
Recently, the Conservatives, led by our glorious Environment Minister, Rona Ambrose, revealed their massive "do nothing until 2050 plan" that will replace Canada's commitment to the Kyoto Protocol. So we are the first nation to pull out of Kyoto, and the replacement option presented by the Tories is a piece of worm-ridden filth.
The most embarrassing thing about Ambrose's speech to the international delegation, is that she didn't bring up her own useless and widely criticized plan (if you call doing pretty much nothing a plan) and didn't even have the balls (heh) to say that Canada is out. All she could do was blame the Liberals. She maintains that the levels set forth in the Kyoto Protocals (the 6% decrease) are unattainable, even though most of the European Union and even strugglign nations like Japan are sticking with their goals. Of course they are unattainable if you do not try! In fact, they are making things worse by showing everyone else that we don't give a shit.
Pathetic. The biggest problem is the fact that the Tories are again using the S.E.P. (Somebody Else's Problem) approach to this, and blatantly blame others for their own lack of direction. I am surprised they have not blamed the Liberals for their pathetic plan they just released.
This is probably an uninformative and disjointed rant, but this woman has really embarrassed Canada in front of the entire world. Go ahead and attack me abouy this, I don't care; there are much more important things to worry about. After all, it isn't us that will have to live with a ruined planet, it is our children and grandchildren. The tories don't seem to give a crap as is obvious by the dates set forth in their own dismal plan.
We absolutely deserve the "Fossil of the day" award... several times over in my opinion.