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Climate change hits Canada, which says “Bring it on!”

By Joe Romm  

"Climate change hits Canada, which says “Bring it on!”"

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OK, our neighbors up north don’t talk that way, as the video below make clear

But they — or, rather, their government, seems to be trying to outdo our last Administration in inviting climate change to do its very worst (see “A Canadian view of Copenhagen“).

Here is the last of the five “mouth” videos that I filmed up way too close and personal in sardine-like conditions.  This is Rick Bates, Executive Director of the Canadian Wildlife Federation — yes, I was surrounded by an impressive, eclectic international crowd, all brought together in one small place thanks to the incompetence of the UNFCCC in handing out twice as many credentials as the Bella Center could hold!

Watch (but cover your eyes):


My apologies for the visuals here.  Having wasted many hours, I just couldn’t take the chance of not getting the audio on these videos.

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9 Responses to Climate change hits Canada, which says “Bring it on!”

  1. Paul Tonita says:

    The Premiers of BC, Ontario, and Quebec are all there, representing 75% of the Canadian population. BC has a revenue neutral carbon tax, Quebec has a plan for 20% reductions below 1990 levels by 2020, and as part of the Ontario plan they have regulated the phase-out of coal-fired electricity.

    But there’s nothing happening in Ottawa. My opinion is that they could use this issue to address many others, including the inter-provincial trade barriers we have which are hampering productivity in our economy. But they have their head in the sand, Athabascan sand perhaps…

  2. Wasn’t Canada once covered by glaciers? I think soon after people starting driving SUV’s and that’s why the glaciers melted, right? Moron.

  3. bona says:

    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The Copenhagen climate talks will generate more carbon emissions than any previous climate conference, equivalent to the annual output of over half a million Ethiopians, figures commissioned by hosts Denmark show.

    RETARDS!!

  4. David Lewis says:

    Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria, British Columbia, scientist, who was a lead author of three Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports, claimed for publication recently that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet have ignored the input of scientists while preparing the government’s response to global warming.

    “They were making policy without even consulting their environmental scientists,” Weaver charged. “I know that for a fact.”

    Weaver is a refreshing, blunt voice who has been speaking out for some years in Canada:

    “…their [the Harper government] policy is not one based on science,” Weaver said. “It is based on ideology and what’s best for the Alberta oil-sands industry. That’s the bottom line.”

  5. PeterW says:

    Remember Canada is the largest supplier of Oil to the U.S. A large percentage of that oil comes from the Tar Sands. (I read somewhere but I can’t find it now that 75% of tar sands’ oil is shipped to the U.S.) Also it should be noted that U.S. oil companies are very active developing the tar sands.

  6. Barry says:

    Canada’s lack of progress on ghg emissions goes much deeper than the tar sands issue. The tar sands are 5% of Canada’s ghg. That is too big and a growing problem…but Canada has grown its ghg by over 25% since 1990. Halting tar sands growth is just one of the many “climate wedges” we need to get our act together on very soon.

    The real problem in Canada is that we aren’t trying to do anything to rein in our ghg. Certainly nothing on the level of what the USA has been doing even under George Bush. With the Obama team now at the helm and USA ghg emissions falling for last couple years, our two nations are not even running in the same direction anymore.

    Canadians need a nation-wide carbon price yesterday. The Economist magazine just said $40/tonne was needed now in developed nations to avoid the most economic pain. Even the best-in-Canada BC carbon tax is only half that.

    The Canadian economy is not getting the carbon pricing signals that the rest of the developed nations have been giving out. As a result, Canadian economy is not adapting fast enough across the board.

    The USA has lowered ghg per person since 1990. Canada has increased ours almost 10%. The USA has made a 50% bigger cut than Canada has in ghg intensity of the economy since 1990.

    As Harper and Prentice have pointed out many times, Canada can’t afford to have a target that is either less or more than the USA. Too bad they haven’t done anything similar to USA to prepare Canadians to run that race. We are falling laps behind USA and aren’t even running in the right direction yet.

    We need a nation-wide, revenue-neutral, carbon tax shift right now to save our economy. It can be designed to be removed once a cap & trade law kicks in. Without a quick and sure carbon price in Canada we will find our society more and more unprepared for the race to a shared finish line we will have to sprint for this coming decade or lose big all around.

  7. Bud Man says:

    Hi all,

    The answer is quite simple, and in fact was already laid out in a military planning film (cleverly disguised as an animated comedy) by the South Park guys – invade!

    As climate change makes agriculture in the US less and less productive, and many areas even less habitable, and as the Great White North becomes less snow- and ice-covered, the solution becomes obvious. The failure of the Canadians to act provides a great excuse – I mean, rationale – for what clearly needs to happen anyway.

    Until that can be carried out, what else is there to do except trade restrictions on their exports?

    Bud

  8. Bud, are you suggesting the US invade Canada for its oil? Haven’t you ever seen Canadian Bacon, starring John Candy? It doesn’t go well for the US- the Canadians are years ahead of the US in horse troop development (the Mounty’s are an elite unit up there) and the Canadians currently have 90% of their population massed along the border with the US, having emptied their northern regions of people for the coming invasion.

  9. PeterW says:

    Please take a look at this graph. It says everything you need to know about Canada.

    http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/climate/images/em-percapita.gif