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Monday, December 14, 2009

WTF !!!????

The Conservative government has considered abandoning some of the greenhouse gas reduction goals set out in its 2007 green plan and allowing weaker targets for the oil and gas sector.  The government draft documents make the argument that the U.S. bill gives smaller targets to trade-sensitive sectors, such as manufacturing. It suggests the Canadian oil and gas sector, including the oilsands, deserves the same treatment.
Amazing.  Bloody amazing.  How on earth would Canada meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets if it weakened the standards for the oil and gas industry?  Were they thinking of abandoning all reason and science?

I understand that Prime Minister Harper's political base is in Alberta - that he doesn't wish to offend the Alberta oil and gas industry - that he owes Alberta his political life - but - but - WTF?  Does he really wish to be singlehandedly responsible for more than a billion people in Asia having no water?  For the Maldives disappearing under water?    For drought induced starvation in the Horn of Africa?  Isn't he a Christian?  Does he not consider it a moral imperative to relieve other peoples' suffering ?  I suggest Mr. Harper read a book by Michael Northcott called  A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming.

At least it was a draft suggestion.  For the moment....

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