PM Harper's response to the [Feb 2nd 2007]IPCC report on global warming was to point out that the opposition parties here just complain about the conservative's response to global warming , whereas Harper is complaining about the opposition parties.
That outta help a lot, thanks for the Harpocracy.
On a more positive note, here is his Environment Minister, 'talking a better jibjab' than his boss did at least:
'Planet's future is at stake,' says Baird
and for referance, about the IPCC report:
Unfortunatly, there is one statement in the report that will be used to avoid action:
"The IPCC, grouping 2,500 scientists from 130 countries, is also set to say that oceans will keep rising for more than 1,000 years even if governments stabilize greenhouse gas emissions."
- it sounds like there is no use to reduce our fossil fuels emissions because it is going to be bad anyhow. Thats not true, the severity of the changes will depend on what we do in the next 10 years, it will help a lot to reduce emissions as much as possible.
At least they DID blame FOSSIL FUEL EMISSONS, mentioning it by name, another first in these warnings.
Will Canada do it's part to lead the world out of the heat? Other nations are willing to do this much:
"Thirty-five industrial nations aim to cut emissions of greenhouse gases to 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2008-12"
NOT Canada!! Canada is on track to maybe stabalise emissions by 2012, not get down to where we were in 1990, the accepted benchmark for getting started - actual levels of emissions that will not be ADDING to global warming will have to get back to about 1965 levels. That target is achievable by embracing alternative energy and reducing our use of fossil fuels to about 10% of what we use now, completely do-able within 10 years if we start now and stop 'blaming the other guys".