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Wed, 2007-12-12 09:59Richard Littlemore
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Bali: Leaked Canadian Documents Show Same Old Spin

A leaked Canadian document entitled Canadian Principles for a post-2012 Climate Change Agreement (attached) show that Canada is being anything but principled in its Bali negotiations.

On the contrary, the document shows the Canadian government still intent upon a decade-old accounting trick to balance its embarrassing emission performance by taking credit for the country's remaining tracts of forest land.

Tue, 2007-12-11 14:05Kevin Grandia
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Canadian Environment Minister Baird Has a Case of the Bali Bumbles

It seems that Canada's Environment Minister John Baird is trying his best to live up to his critics' expectations at the United Nation's climate summit underway in Bali, Indonesia.

But it hasn't only been the Minister's unpalatable climate policies that are embarrassing his country on the world stage.

The Minister's bumbling and fumbling as a diplomat is also garnering a lot of chuckles.

It's like a blooper roll in real time.

Sun, 2007-12-09 16:54Richard Littlemore
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Bali: U.S., Canada, Japan Stand Up for Selfishness

After a week at the UNFCCC Conference in Bali, the international press reports slow progress on creating a follow-on agreement for the Kyoto Protocol, bemoaning that:

rich countries like US … Japan and Canada have led the campaign for the complete dismantling of the existing regime.”

Fri, 2007-12-07 11:56Ross Gelbspan
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Congressmen to UN: Don't blame us -- We just live here!

The US might have earned global ire for refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, but not every American is a climate villain, U.S. lawmakers say. Rep. Edward J. Markey and 10 House committee chairmen, in a letter to the U.N., highlighted what they said was the willingness of the U.S. Congress and voters to act against a policy of delay adopted by the administration of George W. Bush.

…[T]he world must know that President Bush's avoidance of action is not the status quo here in America,” said Markey, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.”

Fri, 2007-12-07 11:49Ross Gelbspan
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US To Hold Separate Talks With No Balihoo!

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The United States has invited major economies to Hawaii next month for a new round of talks about setting goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

The White House sent invitations on for the meeting of 17 major economies, which account for more than 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, said Harlan Watson, the chief U.S. climate negotiator. The United States held a first round of the talks in Washington in late September.

Fri, 2007-12-07 07:15Ross Gelbspan
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IPCC Chief Calls Canada a Climate "Opportunist"

Canada is being “opportunistic” in its stance on carbon emissions reductions, the head of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC said Thursday.

Canada has said emissions reductions targets should apply to all major emitters, including China and India, although past negotiations have agreed that industrialised countries bear greater responsibility for climate change.

“It is really an opportunistic position that they are taking,” said Rajendra K. Pachauri,. “This particular government has been a government of skeptics. They do not want to do anything on climate change,” Pachauri said.

Wed, 2007-12-05 11:19Richard Littlemore
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Bali-bound Baird Hiding Climate Information

Canadian scientists say the federal government is sticking to its policy of willful ignorance on climate change, most recently by delaying the release of a report outlining likely impacts.

In a story today by CanWest News Service's Mike De Souza, several senior scientists say climate change has huge implications for Canada. Melting of the Arctic ice could reveal resource wealth - and trigger conflicts over who should have access and ownership of those resources.

Warming could also destroy rich fish species like the sockeye salmon, and falling water levels could disrupt shipping and reduce Canada's capacity to generate electricity.

Tue, 2007-12-04 07:01Richard Littlemore
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Bali: UNFCC Makes Case for Climate Cure

This China View article gives a simple, compelling argument for why the developed world should, in the short term, carry the lion's share of the responsibility for climate change: first, we created the lion's share of the problem; and second, we have the capacity to do so while letting the developing world pull their populations out of poverty.
Fri, 2007-11-30 10:51Kevin Grandia
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White House Ignoring Big Business Push For Mandatory Carbon Caps

For a while now, major corporations have been pushing for mandatory greenhouse gas emission caps from the US government.

Big business understands the inevitability of having to deal with the global warming issue and the sooner they can see a strong economic signal from government, the sooner they can get on with tackling the issue on a level playing field.

Today, big business has kicked that demand way up.

Fri, 2007-11-16 11:38Kevin Grandia
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Canada's Harper and White House Soon All Alone in anti-Kyoto Land

With Australian PM John Howard set to be dethroned in the Nov. 24th Australian election, Canada's Conservative Government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and President George W Bush will lose their last key ally in their anti-Kyoto Protocol battle.

The United States and Australia never ratified the Kyoto agreement in the first place and picked up a key ally in Canada when the right-wing Conservative government took power 2 years ago. The Conservative party quickly joined ranks with the US and Australia stating that Kyoto targets could never be met and they preferred a “Made in Canada” approach to climate change.

Such sentiments were not surprising considering that it was only five years ago that Prime Minister Harper claimed Kyoto was a “job-killing,” “economy destroying” “socialist scheme.”

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