Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Day Stephen Harper Couldn't Hide Any Longer
He has always been a strange bird.
When it comes to the Great War on Terror, or any war from 1812 onwards, he's a raging chicken hawk.
He can't get enough of it, or squawk loud enough
But when it comes to the Great War on Climate Change, he has always been a clucking chicken...
But at least now Stephen Harper can't hide any longer.
Canada’s hiding in the U.S. shadow on climate policy has proved a good strategy to justify inaction. No longer will this be the case. With a bilateral China-U.S. agreement on controlling long-term GHG, pressure will mount for Canada to not only announce new long-term GHG targets, but to prove it is taking action.
Now he has to do SOMETHING.
Or look like a flaming maniac...
Or the deranged leader of his insane Harperland...
The sinister petro state and pariah nation, with the worst climate change record in the industrialized world.
But of course he won't do anything, because is crazy, he is a grubby oil pimp, and as Thomas Walkom points out, he's shameless.
The tentative climate change deal between China and the U.S. may affect the way the rest of the world treats global warming. It will almost certainly not affect Stephen Harper’s Canada.
For this prime minister, only one player in the climate change debate matters: the petroleum industry.
So he will use this:
The U.S. president has tackled his country’s biggest carbon emitters — coal-fired electricity generating plants. What he has not done is introduce regulations to reduce emissions from U.S. oil and gas producers.
As an excuse to do nothing.
Until Washington does that, Harper won’t act against Canada’s petroleum industry, even though it is now the single biggest source of carbon emissions in this country.
And the good news? That flimsy excuse won't fool anyone. He can run but he can't hide. And it has never been harder for Stephen Harper to do nothing.
For not only is climate change becoming a threat that can no longer be ignored or denied...
It's also never been easier to prove that his oily obsession is also threatening our economic future.
Not when even the Chinese are going green faster than we are:
China is a world leader on climate and clean energy policy. Driven by a mix of clean air, energy security and green industrial policy, China has implemented hundreds of policies ranging from shutting down inefficient industrial plants, to carbon emissions trading systems that cover five-times Canada’s current GHG emissions, to incentive programs for renewable energy.
Not when he couldn't be more wrong about this:
To someone like Harper, the dream of an economy dominated by solar power and windmill manufacturers is pie in the sky.
And so many other countries are leaving us behind.
So we will be able to use all of that against him in the next election campaign like we never have before, to help prove that he is indeed no Great Leader.
Just a crazy little Con man leading us to disaster.
Just a grubby little oil pimp whose time is almost over...
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