Harper promised that His Canada would punch above her weight on the global scene, and he was right. Oh sure he got us ramped up on a futile, inconclusive foreign war, but our true behemoth status is in greenhouse gas emissions. Miniscule little Canada, with our 35-million population, is the 8th largest emitter in the world. We're 35th in population, just behind Poland and Algeria but we're still ahead of Uganda and Morocco. We're almost a full third the size of Mexico. But size doesn't really matter when you're Numero Ocho.
Besides, Canada lags ahead in eight place only on total emissions. Compare us on per capita emissions and then we're a real contender for the finals.
Following the UN climate change summit in Durban there was good news from Harper EnviroShill and Grand Dissembler, Peter Kent. While the 194-party conference is still clinging to hope that an emissions treaty of some sort can be put into effect by 2020, Minister Kant said he's optimistic a climate change agreement can be struck by 2015. In the same breath our Ruler's Dissembler added that Canada is walking away from its Kyoto commitments and won't be squandering "scarce dollars" on a global fund to help developing countries mitigate the impacts of climate change. Apparently Kent didn't actually use the words, "let'em tread water," but his point was unmistakeable.
Climate Action Network Canada's Hanna McKinnon said Kent ensured Canada's legacy as the "poster child of inaction" at the climate change talks. Kent's suggestion there could be a viable treaty by 2015 would be a bald-faced lie if he weren't part of a government for which truth is anything you choose to believe, not something you have reason to believe.
What the Harper regime's actions depressingly reveal is that global warming is still to be treated as a political issue, not a scientific problem. And it is in the political forum that effective action on remediation, mitigation and adaptation will be smothered by kindly voices.