Over at Grist.com there's a discussion about Canada's (Stevie Harper's) abandonment of Kyoto. One commenter posted the following 2002 letter our Ruler sent to his then - and now - followers. It speaks volumes.
We’re on a roll, folks!
The Canadian Alliance is once again setting the agenda in the House of
Commons. Look at what happened in less than two months since Parliament
— We bagged another Liberal cabinet minister when we drove the hapless
Lawrence MacAulay to resign for violating the ethics guidelines.
— We broke Jean Chrétien’s chokehold on the House of Commons by
getting the election of committee chairs and votes on all private members’
— We finally (!) got the Liberals to agree to set up a national registry
for sex offenders.
But we can’t just relax and declare victory. We’re gearing up for the
biggest struggle our party has faced since you entrusted me with the
leadership. I’m talking about the “battle of Kyoto” — our campaign
to block the job-killing, economy-destroying Kyoto Accord.
It would take more than one letter to explain what’s wrong with Kyoto,
but here are a few facts about this so-called “Accord”:
— It’s based on tentative and contradictory scientific evidence about
— It focuses on carbon dioxide, which is essential to life, rather than
— Canada is the only country in the world required to make significant
cuts in emissions. Third World countries are exempt, the Europeans get
credit for shutting down inefficient Soviet-era industries, and no country
in the Western hemisphere except Canada is signing.
— Implementing Kyoto will cripple the oil and gas industry, which is
essential to the economies of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan,
Alberta and British Columbia.
— As the effects trickle through other industries, workers and consumers
everywhere in Canada will lose. THERE ARE NO CANADIAN WINNERS UNDER THE
— The only winners will be countries such as Russia, India, and China,
from which Canada will have to buy “emissions credits.” Kyoto is
essentially a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing
— On top of all this, Kyoto will not even reduce greenhouse gases. By
encouraging transfer of industrial production to Third World countries where
emissions standards are more relaxed, it will almost certainly increase
emissions on a global scale.
For a long time, the Canadian Alliance stood virtually alone in opposing
the Kyoto Accord, as Bob Mills, our senior environment critic, waged a
valiant battle against it. Now, however, allies are stepping forward —
eight of 10 provincial governments, and a broad coalition of businesses
across Canada — to help us fight the ``battle of Kyoto.”
Jean Chrétien says he will introduce a resolution to ratify Kyoto into
Parliament and get it passed before Christmas. We will do everything we can
to stop him there, but he might get it passed with the help of the
socialists in the NDP and the separatists in the BQ.
But the “battle of Kyoto” is just beginning. Ratification is merely
symbolic; Kyoto will not take effect unless and until it is implemented by
legislation. We will go to the wall to stop that legislation and at that
point we will be on much stronger procedural ground than in trying to block
a mere resolution.
The Reform Party defeated the Charlottetown Accord in an epic struggle in
the fall of 1992. Now the Canadian Alliance is leading the battle against
the Kyoto Accord!
But we can’t do it alone. It will take an army of Canadians to beat
Kyoto, just as it did to beat Charlottetown.
We can’t stop Kyoto just in Parliament. We need your help at all levels.
We need you to inform yourself about Kyoto, to discuss it with your friends
and neighbours, and to write protest letters to newspapers and the
And, yes, we need your gifts of money. The “battle of Kyoto” is going
to lead directly into the next election. We need your contribution of $500,
or $250, or $100, or whatever you can afford, to help us drive the Liberals
Stephen Harper, MP
Leader of the Opposition 
PS: The “battle of Kyoto” shows why the Canadian Alliance is so
important to you and to Canada. All the other federal parties are supporting
Kyoto (Liberals, NDP, BQ) or speaking out of both sides of their mouth
(Tories). Only the Canadian Alliance is strong and fearless enough to block
dangerous and destructive schemes like the Charlottetown Accord and the
Do you really believe Stevie thinks differently today? Really? This swine will gleefully sell out future generations of Canadians and countless millions of others in less fortunate countries before he will accept any meaningful, effective agreement to arrest global warming.