Feb 15 2007

Time to put up or shut up about Kyoto

Canada’s House of Commons has voted to force the Conservative minority government to create a plan over the next 60 days for Canada to meet it’s commitments to Kyoto.

This isn’t a bad thing. The Conservatives have been reluctant to embrace the new environmental dogma of Kyoto for fear of putting Canadians out of work with Soviet-style economic management.

But now they can – and should.

The Conservatives ought to include in the plan draconian measures like shutting down the Albertan oil sand projects without delay and closing any factories in Ontario that don’t meet newly-drafted environmental standards.

Such a plan will of course have no chance of actually being made into legislation. But it will force Canadians and our elected representatives to think about what kinds of sacrifices they truly are prepared to make. When Conservatives force Liberals and NDP partisans on to the defensive, it might just swing public policy back into realism.

It’s time to get past the rhetoric and partisanship. Per capita, Canadians are the worst offenders to Mother Nature on the planet. It’s time to turn ideas into action.

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Time to put up or shut up about Kyoto”

  1. on 15 Feb 2007 at 7:02 am

    Harper can’t do that. He’ll alienate his western conservative base. That’s why Stelmach gave his warning in the way he did. Harper is wiser than Mulroney in this regard because he understands that if he loses the middle, then he loses the election. But if he loses his base, then the very viability of the party is at risk. This is what happened with the PC party. Thus, Harper had no choice, he had to oppose the bill. Strategically, Harper was outmaneuvered on this file, which is rare for him.

  2. on 15 Feb 2007 at 10:56 am

    Mmm… Good point. Time to get real, as Dr. Phil would say.

  3. on 15 Feb 2007 at 12:51 pm

    As far as I see this… all the parties in the House have 60 days from Senate vote to present a plan to hit Kyoto, how, how much etc.

    All parties! Don’t accept anything less than that from any of the parties or any reporters you contact.

  4. on 15 Feb 2007 at 3:10 pm

    I’ll agree to your post to a point: I want large urban centers initiatives to curb summer smog and pollutants.
    As far as global warming gases goes, maybe Canucks are the biggest ghg emitters per capita but you have to take your blinders off for a minute here. Canada is a far north country. We need heat to survive. We also have one of the largest land masses of Co2 eating forests and this fact should also be considered in the environmentalist math but it’s not.
    Canada create a meazzly 2% of the world’s total ghgs. We are already overtaxed and live in a very harsh country weather wise where we have to be exposed to cabin fever for 8 months out of the year.
    You know what, I’m not concerned about our little 2%. I don’t want to play good little boy scout showing initiative here because some ill advised University kids say so.
    This climate change (Ex global warming title now too embarrassing to state because North America has been in a deep freeze for weeks now) has become the new religion.
    If we are going to show initiative internationally on something that’s truly menacing we should be looking at the current nuclear threats we are facing. Iran is a much more imminant threat to the world than Suzuki’s job security.

    If Canadians truly want to contribute to reducing Ghg’s they should start boycotting made in China and India products where the brutality to mother nature is merciless right now.
    Leave my already overtaxed wallet alone.


  5. on 15 Feb 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Let’s shut down all those polluting Ontario coal generating plants, and those dirty old auto factories. Maybe Bombardier should be shut down as well, airplanes are very hard on the enviroment. So is Hibernia.
    Give them what they want.
    30% of easterners still would vote for the Libranos?
    Here’s a taste of what they are promising.


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