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Christopher Flavelle, formerly a speechwriter for Stéphane Dion, provides Slate readers with a history of Canada’s efforts to combat climate change:

Nowhere is the rift between the old and new Canada more apparent than with regards to the environment. Canada was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the fight against climate change, and as recently as 2005 it was the Canadian environment minister who helped broker an agreement to extend the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012. Then last December, at a U.N. conference in Bali to negotiate a successor to Kyoto, Canada executed a neat 180-degree turn, trying to block an agreement that set a target for future cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions. Of the 190 countries at the conference, only Russia supported Canada’s position.

The phrase “yadda yadda yadda” would have worked well between those two sentences, but I suppose that would have been a bit of a giveaway.


 

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