Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The Day Stephen Harper Helped Destroy the Planet
I hate to admit it, but it seems I was tragically wrong. Stephen Harper did play a major role at the G7 summit after all.
He took a reasonable proposal to fight climate change, before it changes the world beyond recognition.
And helped turn it into a plan which will almost certainly torch the planet.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to a G7 commitment to deep cuts in carbon emissions by 2050 — with an eventual stop in the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century.
By helping to sabotage a proposal that might have given us a fighting chance.
Canada and Japan blocked attempts at a stronger statement on binding greenhouse gas reduction targets, according to The Canadian Press sources who saw a working draft of the G7 communiqué, which was released today as the summit wrapped up.
"Canada and Japan are the most concerned about this one," said one source who was privy to discussions but would only speak on the condition of anonymity. "The two of those countries have been the most difficult on every issue on climate."
And replacing it with one that will almost certainly doom us to total defeat.
While he blows even more hot air out of every oily orifice...
"Nobody's going to start to shut down their industries or turn off the lights," he said. "We've simply got to find a way to create lower-carbon emitting sources of energy — and that work is ongoing."
Because if we had to wait for him to wean us off fossil fuels, and transform our economy into a green one, at the rate we're going we'd have to wait a thousand years.
So Harper's obviously been really gung ho on the investing in new, clean technologies instead of, oh, say, committing huge sums of money to direct investments and massive subsidies to the oil industry, right?
Between 2005 and 2013, Canada’s share of the global market for renewable energy and environmental goods has fallen -- yes, fallen -- by a whopping 41%.
Because he was, is, and always will be a grubby oil pimp...
And what makes it even more appalling is that he's not even glancing at the future and the threats those condemned to live in it will face.
He's just looking at the next five months before the election. And like everything else he's doing, his limp proposal is only designed for crass political purposes.
And as David Akin points out, means absolutely nothing.
And so Harper’s Conservatives will play the climate change file the same way the Chretien Liberals did: Look busy, brag about what you might do but, at the end of the day, don’t do very much at all.
“What we have from this government on climate change is short-term, tactical, political considerations,” said David McLaughlin, a sustainability expert at the University of Waterloo who was also former chief of staff to the late Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty.
For him the future of the planet is just another wedge issue....
Speaking to reporters in Germany, Harper did what his party is doing right now in this de facto election campaign, framing this debate in a binary way: That it is either the economy or it is the environment. That’s the wedge that was used to such great success against the hapless Stephane Dion and, as it’s largely the same gang running Harper’s election war room now as it was in 2008, that’s the wedge the Conservatives are going to use again.
And it couldn't be more disgusting or more CRIMINAL.
You know on a crowded subway train today I looked down to see an angelic looking baby sleeping peacefully in his pram. Oblivious to all the noise and the humanity around him.
And it suddenly struck me that he could be dead before we wean ourselves off fossil fuels, after having lived half his life in a world hardly worth living in. A world torn apart by famine, disease, and war.
Just because we couldn't stop a monstrous maniac from killing his country while he slept, AND torching his future.
And I don't know how we could ever explain that one. I hate to imagine what future generations will think of this one.
But I do know what we must do.
Work harder than ever to defeat that miserable oil pimp, that environmental criminal...
Stop him before he causes even more damage.
Stop him before he shames this country further.
Stop him, stop him, stop him.
Before he destroys us all...
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