Recently the Conservatives have been attempting to greenwash their image, but at the Commonwealth climate talks they have shown their true colours.
Canada is one of only two countries blocking a commitment to international climate-change targets within the 52-member Commonwealth frustrated foreign diplomats said Friday. [Australia is the other country holding up the negotiations, but Prime Minister John Howard is set to loose the upcoming election to Kevin Rudd, who has stated the tackling climate change will be his first priority]
A deal among Commonwealth members is seen as a major step toward reaching a global climate treaty next month at long-anticipated negotiations in Indonesia.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper now finds himself in the company of a few very unpopular politicians.
The Opposition Liberals poured scorn on Harper’s approach.
“He’s not a leader anywhere. What he’s doing is looking for an excuse to drag his feet,” said Liberal MP John Godfrey.
With Harper’s friend John Howard facing defeat in Australia, Canada is “in the very reduced company of (U.S. President) George Bush’s Republicans,” he said.
Climate change is a problem cause mainly by the developed world. Years of heavy emissions by industrialized countries means that even if China overtakes the US as the worlds number 1 yearly emitter (remember that they do have a MUCH larger population so their per capita emissions are still relatively small) it will still be some time before they overtake the total emissions produced by the US.
If we want to find a solution to climate change rich developed countries will have to take the first steps.
UPDATE: Canada has successfully blocked any climate change deal involving binding targets.
Commonwealth leaders agreed to a much watered-down agreement on climate change after Prime Minister Stephen Harper resisted any reference to binding targets on greenhouse gas emissions.
The agreement, announced at a news conference Saturday afternoon was a setback for other Commonwealth members, led by Britain, who had called for binding commitments for greenhouse gas reductions in the statement…
A diplomat from another Commonwealth country described Canada’s position — that there’s no deal unless everyone agrees — as a recipe for inertia on climate change.
With Australia’s climate change denying Prime Minister John Howard loosing the recent election to Kevin Rudd, who has promised that climate change will be a top priority, Stephen Harper now finds himself alone in the Commonwealth, and in the company of only a few unpopular politicians world wide.