Canada vilified in Copenhagen

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Canada vilified in Copenhagen

By Colleen Kimmett December 9, 2009 08:14 am 1 comments

It should come as little shock that the Canadian delegation ended its first day in Copenhagen with the dishonour of a fossil of the day award, bestowed on countries with the worst performance at international climate negotiations.

In his first public address at the conference, Canada’s chief negotiator, Michael Martin, reaffirmed this country’s position on greenhouse gas emissions — which work out to a reduction of three per cent below 1990 levels. That’s far below the 20 per cent reduction that the European Union has settled on and distant from the 20 to 40 per cent reduction that climate scientists tell us we have to make in order to avoid a catastrophic rise in global temperatures.

Canada has been called such harsh names as "thuggish, petro-state", "climate crook", and the world’s "dirty old man".

Harper himself has been framed as the "bad guy of global warming", and an image of his face (digitally aged to look like an, ahmen, old man) even greeted delegates at the airport in Copenhagen, on a poster that read: "I’m sorry. We could have stopped catastrophic climate change. . . we didn’t."

Officials are well aware of the big black oily target on Canada’s back. The response? Send Rob Renner, the environment minister of Alberta.

Renner told the Calgary Herald that he was convinced a breakthrough agreement was likely and wanted to make Alberta’s position known

~ by Cory Morningstar on December 9, 2009.

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