Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Climate Change, Canada...and Embarassment
I was disappointed with how much credibility the Australian media gives to climate change doubters, sceptics and dinosaurs. Of course, if you scratch the surface, experts are usually directly connected to the oil/coal industry in some way. If you doubt me on that, have a look at this book sometime. In any case, their Liberal opposition is now led by Tony Abbott, an avowed sceptic, surrounded by a gaggle of like-minded brontosauruses.
Anyhow, I hope the Aussies stick with their PM Kevin Rudd, who gets it.
Meanwhile, our own Stevie Harper and team are well on the way to ruining Canada's reputation. We're winning Fossil Awards like they're going out of style - in fact 500 environmental NGOs have awarded Canada 'Fossil of the Year'. Tar Sands and petro-corps over grandchildren and food. Smart.
Our approach to Copenhagen could be summarized as "no deal is the best deal" or "make the poor pay" or "we miss George W. and the good old days".
I've been signing petitions (such as this one) but am inclined to think the best petition is the next election, when we need to send the Conservatives for a time -out. Maybe they can put on their gum boots and go to the tar sands and sequester some carbon...
I do like it when you inject a little of this, too:
"gaggle of like-minded brontosauruses"
Glad you both made it home safe and sound.
everything comes in its own time. i hope when its time to save the planet, it's not too late.
The US did their own tap dance around the issue... nothing solid, nothing verifiable (the US & Chine being the biggest consumers,worst polluters).
If they are going to leave empty handed, why not teleconference & spare the burning of all the carbon, to do nothing?
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