Man, We (Canada) Suck
What the hell does it take to make politicians sit up and take notice? Canada is now the shittiest place with respect to climate change...like, in the world. We signed the Kyoto Accord, but then didn't follow up with the promise to reduce emissions to below 1990 levels; not only did we not do that, but our emissions went up by seventeen percent.
You would think that would be a source of embarrassment to our government, but apparently not. Funnily, in the Conservative Party of Canada's platform document, it states on page 41 that with respect to "Conserving and Respecting Our Environment", they have:
aligned our climate-change targets with those of the Obama Administration - our goal is a 17-percent reduction in domestic greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2020.Odd that that 17 percent thing keeps popping up.
I shouldn't shit on the Conservative government too much, however. It's not like the previous Liberal governments did anything either. Hell, after 1997 when the Kyoto Protocol was negotiated and signed, with Canada being an active participant, our greenhouse gas emissions went up by fucking nearly thirty percent. That's disgraceful.
We need to get some group in power who realizes that the science on this is solid and that we're seriously screwing with the climate of the planet. We could be leaders in this field, setting the example for other countries to follow, developing the technologies that change the ways we consume energy - instead we seem to be burying our heads in the sand even deeper. I find it telling that in the Conservative Party platform there was no mention of funding scientific inquiry or technological development of alternative energy sources. Maybe I missed it.
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