AN UPDATE ON HARPER AND THE COPENHAGEN ACCORD

UPDATE: JANUARY 30 HARPER SUBMITTED ITS COPYCAT EMISSION REDUCTION TARGETS TO THE ANNEX 1 TABLE TO THE COPENHAGEN ACCORD:

IN COPENHAGEN, AT 3AM ON DECEMBER 19, 2009 THERE WAS A TABLE 1 LIST OF DEVELOPED COUNTRY EMISSION TARGETS. ON THE 3AM TABLE 1, HARPER HAD LISTED ITS TARGET AS 20% BELOW 2006 LEVEL BY 2020, AND THE US HAD LISTED ITS TARGET AS 17% BELOW 2005 BY 2020, BOTH OF WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT 3% BELOW 1990 LEVELS BY 2020. BOTH THESE TARGETS WERE CONSPICUOUSLY BELOW THE OTHER DEVELOPED STATE TARGETS. ALL THE OTHER DEVELOPED STATES, EXCEPT AUSTRALIA – WHICH USED 2000 AS THE BASELINE – USED THE 1990 LEVEL AS THE BASELINE. THE EUROPEAN UNION MADE A COMMITMENT TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 20% [OR
30% IF OTHER DEVELOPED STATES WOULD MOVE] BELOW 1990 LEVELS BY 2020.

IN COPENHAGEN, AT 4 AM, ON DECEMBER 19, 2009, ADRIANNE ARSENAULT, FROM CBC, REPORTED FROM COPENHAGEN AND SHOWED TABLE 1 OF THE COPENHAGEN ACCORD, AS BEING BLANK.

WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN 3AM AND 4AM?

PERHAPS HARPER AND OBAMA WERE SO ASHAMED THAT THEY INSISTED THAT THERE MEAGER COMMITMENTS HAD TO BE REMOVED.

OR WAS IT JUST HARPER THAT WAS CONCERNED BECAUSE HE HAD MADE A SERIOUS ERROR IN NOT COMPLETELY EMULATING OBAMA.

TODAY, JANUARY 30 2010, TO RECTIFY THIS SITUATION, HARPER HAS SUBMITTED ITS GREENHOUSE GAS COMMITMENT TO BE INCLUDED IN TABLE 1 OF ANNEX COUNTRY COMMITMENTS:

HARPER’S COMMITMENT NOW IS 17% BELOW 2005 BY 2020.

AGAIN, CANADA HAS BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL PARIAH.

~ by Cory Morningstar on January 31, 2010.

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