Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The Day Obama Humiliated Stephen Harper. Again.
Well as you know Stephen Harper has been duelling with the voices in his head. Seeing enemies everywhere, and losing track of what century he's living in.
Two days ago he was channelling Margaret Thatcher, fighting the Cold War all over again.
Challenging Vladimir Putin to knock down the Berlin Wall, and surrender the ethnic vote.
Or ELSE !#@!!!!.
And today he tried to go after Obama only to get clobbered. Or impaled on his own petard.
For decades, U.S. climate change policy amounted to a hypocrisy associated with bad parenting: "Do as I say, not as I do." That began to change Monday when President Barack Obama's administration announced its boldest step yet to reduce the nation's biggest source of pollution blamed for global warming -- carbon emission from power plants.
Because now Harper can't claim that he's greener than Obama anymore...
Except when he's delirious.
The federal government is responding to U.S. President Barack Obama's latest climate-change action plan with a shrug: been there, done that. But observers of environmental policy say the United States will take a big leap ahead of Canada in meeting its greenhouse gas emissions targets for 2020.
Or trying to scam us like a Con artist.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted that Canada announced similar action on coal-fired electricity plants in 2012, and he predicted the percentage drop in emissions from those plants is likely to be proportionately greater than those proposed by Washington.
But coal is by far the largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States, while Canada's is oil and gas. The economic impact of the coal regulations will likely make it a bigger political sacrifice for Obama than it was for Harper.
While trying to cover-up the fact that him and his foul Con regime have done NOTHING to control greenhouse gas emissions.
Regulations on Canada's largest oil and gas emitters have yet to be released, seven years after they were first discussed.
And that by doing nothing, not only has he acted shamefully.
In the boldest step yet that the U.S. has taken to combat global warming, President Barack Obama’s administration has just rolled out an ambitious but credible program to tackle America’s biggest source of carbon pollution, its heavy reliance on fossil fuels, especially coal, to generate hydro power. The initiative puts Ottawa to shame.
Sadly, Harper’s government is nowhere close to identifying a similar path, much less making headway. The Conservatives profess to be on track to trim emissions by the same percentage as the U.S., but experts scoff at the claim. At the current rate we’d be lucky to get halfway to our target.
He has allowed Obama to humiliate him.
The silly little monkey.
And shot himself in his own pipeline.
Harper can now expect to face increasing pressure in the run-up to the 2015 federal election to come clean and admit that he has no intention of honouring our Copenhagen pledge. Or, preferably, to accept the high costs of mitigating the carbon output from our own biggest problem, the fast-growing western oilsands. Otherwise our reputation as an oil and gas exporter will take another knock, hurting prospects for pipelines and future sales.
Whatever way you look at it, his policies couldn't have been more disastrous. He has failed to protect the planet, he has failed to prepare this country for a greener future.
But climate change will be a big issue in the next election.
And we'll make sure he has no future either....
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