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China, U.S. tackle climate change. Canada not so much.

Diplomats, world leaders converge on New York to talk environment, Mideast peace


 

World leaders gathered in New York on Tuesday for a series of high-level meetings aimed at securing a global agreement on how to tackle climate change. The meetings are aimed at laying the groundwork for a post-Kyoto deal on emissions reductions ahead of December’s Copenhagen conference, where it’s hoped the agreement will be finalized.

At least two countries who shunned the Kyoto Accord showed a willingness to re-assess their reluctance to commit to emissions targets: China announced it was working on a package of measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, while U.S. President Barack Obama touted his government’s renewed commitment “to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution.”

Canada, which has so far shunned global efforts to cut emissions partly because China and the U.S. were doing the same, didn’t appear willing to budge even after the two recalcitrant countries proved willing to come onboard. Environment Minister Jim Prentice specifically criticized the Chinese proposal as insufficient because it “did not offer binding targets in terms of reductions, but rather targets that are related to specific things that would be done in China relative to energy efficiency, renewable energies and so on.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who declined to attend the climate change meetings but was in New York for a lunch with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Canada was working alongside the Obama administration on a “truly continental approach to climate change.”

While in New York, Obama hosted a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestiniant President Mahmoud Abbas. Obama urged the two sides to relaunch peace talks on delicate issues such as the status of Jerusalem, the establishment of a Palestinian state, the dismantling of Israeli settlements, and the fate of Palestinian refugees. The White House has requested that Netanyahu and Abbas meet again in Washington next week to kickstart serious negotiations.

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China, U.S. tackle climate change. Canada not so much.

  1. to believe the government of china to clean their filthy country and lower gas emissions and other acts of environmental cleanliness,,, duh.. and others believe them is challenging!…similar to commenting, majority government defines canada

  2. So ashamed of Canada. Actually, of our current government.

  3. I'm conflicted. Something should be done on the climate change file, but you just know that if GoC does something it's going to include a massive increase in the bureaucracy and taxes.

    If they were more willing to look for freedom-friendly solutions to climate change, I think that Canada's inaction would be a cause for concern. But, given how things are, I think this might be good.

  4. The fact that Harper can't summon up the effort to even appear interested in this summit speaks volumes. He obviously doesn't think it will have any bearing as an election issue. He probably thought the same thing about those cuts to Arts funding before the last election.

  5. The fact that Harper can't summon up the effort to even appear interested in this summit speaks volumes. He obviously doesn't think the environment will be much of an election issue. He probably thought the same thing about those minor cuts to Arts funding before the last election.

    • The environment is not an election issue. Remember the Green Shift? How well did that go? If Ignatieff wanted to lose to the NDP for the Opposition Status, maybe he should introduce his own crazy environmental policy that would just be another tax.

      Canadians say they want good environmental initiatives, but we don't want to pay for them. And until there's conclusive evidence of "global warming" (how on Earth did it become known as "climate change" without barely a peep?), I agree with Harper's stance. We've got a huge country and a lot of environment here.

      It's not our fault the rest of the world can't manage their resources.

  6. If and when the US actually signs on to Kyoto 2 (or whatever its called), THEN I'll believe Obama's not just all talk on the environment.

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