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Tough words from Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General urges Harper to put climate change on the G8/G20 agenda


 

The UN’s top dog had some tough words for Stephen Harper on Wednesday. At a scheduled meeting, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Prime Minister Harper to make climate change a priority at the G8 and G20 submits in June. “I urge Canada to comply fully with the targets set out by the Kyoto Protocol,” Ban stressed. “Canada has a special role and special responsibility to play.” The problem? Harper himself is no fan of Kyoto, which was signed by the previous Liberal government. To his credit, Harper has committed Canada to a 17 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020, based on 2005 levels; but that reduction is less than the Kyoto Protocol demands. Ban Ki-moon also congratulated Canada for supporting the UN’s “efforts on child and women’s health.” He did not mention the Conservatives’ controversial decision not to fund abortion-related projects under its maternal health scheme.

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  1. That Ban-ki Moon is still blathering on about 'Global Warming' says all we need to hear from those bozos. The UN is empty, meaningless, and without value to a civilized democracy like Canada. Their 'full court press' to salvage proposed carbon taxes is simply pitiful.

    • Ssshhh!!! Harper's lobbying for a seat on the UN's Security Council. Disregard previous talking points about how bad the UN is.

      • " Disregard previous talking points about how bad the UN is."

        Sorry, am I supposed to know what that means…?

        • Yes, if you're a Conservative.

  2. yes, yes … YES! now if Harper can just be convinced to listen to him!

    • You don't really think this is possible, do you?

  3. Why don't this so called head of UN do not talk tough with those countries that abuse human rights. Why don't he talk tough to his own office and organization for being ineffective and a waste of money? Probably he thinks that by shaming Canada specifically ,he could get more money from us?

    • "… talk tough with those countries that abuse human rights…." Like Israel, which is oppressing Palestinians?

  4. "I urge Canada to comply fully with the targets set out by the Kyoto Protocol,”

    Pound sand, those targets are unattainable short of sending our economy back to the stone age. If we took every car and truck off the road and grounded every plane and train we still would be short. Our population has exploded since the Kyoto baseline year of 1990 as we are the fastest growing G8 country and reducing our emissions to below 1990 levels is absolutely 100% impossible without making Canada an extremely bad place to live.

    Kyoto is an extremely bad deal that the Canadian people rejected by twice denying office to the boneheads in the Liberal party who signed Canada up for it.

    "He did not mention the Conservatives' controversial decision not to fund abortion-related projects under its maternal health scheme."

    Why should he when you and the rest of the militantly pro-abortion Canadian media will do that for him? Let's talk about the straight eugenics that is the Liberal plan to abort brown babies around the world on the dime of the Canadian tax payer. Let's talk about that. Was it inspired by Adolph Hitler's notorious Nazi eugenics programme?

    Consider the political implications: the Red Shirts of Thailand and the supporters of Chavez, sons and daughters of poor peasants who are the electoral backbone of their respective populists movements, would not exist if first world nations funded and encouraged abortion among peasants. Believe it or not, the rest of the world is hardly united in the prospect of White countries exporting abortion and killing their babies, and that is reason enough to concentrate on actual medicine and healthcare rather than heed the gruesome pro-abortion militant call.

    • "Pound sand, those targets are unattainable short of sending our economy back to the stone age. If we took every car and truck off the road and grounded every plane and train we still would be short"

      Hardly. Norway has nearly half the per capita emissions we do, produces more oil per capita, has a similar climate and population redistribution, despite a stronger economy. We can easily meet the Kyoto targets if we act swiftly, with determination and with intelligence.

      The only way the Kyoto targets are economically impossible (perhaps with some leeway given because neither the Liberals nor Conservatives took action for so damn long) is if we believe our politicians, economy and people less capable than that of other countries – and I refuse to accept that we're incapable of doing what others have already done.

      • well we are at it.stop breathing.that will slow down the plant food co2

    • Do you have any information that shows how close we could get?

      For example, if we replaced 25% of our coal fired electricity generating stations with nuclear plants, how much impact would that have? Or increased fleet mileage by 25%? Or modified the building code(s) for new structures to increase minimum insulation requriements? And so on…

  5. "To his credit, Harper has committed Canada to a 17 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020, based on 2005 levels"

    And, if recent actions are any indication, Harper will meet that commitment through wishful thinking and fairy dust.

  6. I think everyone knows that the CPC doesn't really care about Climate Change.
    Good thing Obama does, Harper is at least consistent: the US says "jump" he says "how high?".

    Maybe I'm being harsh, there's certainly a strong case to be made about aligning our emissions target with the US. I'm just not a big fan of simply following the lead of the big brother.

  7. Tough words?

    To quote Nelson, I reply: Haw-haw!

    Even liberals know Harper don't give a damn about climate change. This guy just looks like a fool.

  8. You are correct, Ryan. This Ban Kee MOon or whatever his name is really does look like a fool. You can be assured his take home pay will remain intact when the world decides to redistribute wealth, but your take home pay will take a beating. And the best part? Climate change will not be affected at all.

    • I know, it's fantastic ain't it?

      To be honest though, I trust Harper to fight against this more than I've probably trusted any politician about anything. I think Canadians are confident with him too; just enough so that he can fight against these liberal schemes and still hang onto power.

      Just gotta make sure we don't ever hand over the reigns of this country again to the liberals… at least until these global scams are exposed for what they are to the point where not even liberals can deny it, as they do now.

      • (and yes I am aware I said liberal schemes and liberals. I mean liberal schemes in the sense that they are socialist… and I mean liberals in the sense of people who believe in these ideologies still)

  9. Dear Secretary General,
    I am writing to give you the proverbial heads up on Canada and its international commitments.

    I read your recent letter to our Prime Minister, and just wanted to warn you that climate change is not really high on Mr. Harper's agenda. You see, he has expressed his skepticism about the existence of climate change – this was even before the failed Copenhagen meeting. Mr. Harper is from a province that has oil sands – you may have heard of them. I am sure you agree that they are not the most climate change friendly oil resource. Unfortunately, many of Harper's constituents and ardent supporters are keen on the goings on there (read $s), and would not want him to support such shaky science as climate change. A point to remember – to Mr. Harper all politics are conservative and local …
    http://pradical.org/2010/05/12/open-letter-to-uni

  10. At least he gives away the real reason behind the global warming scam. We (the "rich" countries") send billions to "poor" countries that are run by dictators, incompetents, thieves, and liars. Of course like the billions we have already sent to, for example, most of Africa, it won't make any difference to the "poor", their governments and military will get rich, we will get "refugee" claimants, and the UN will decide the solution is for us to send more money.
    Demand countries implement democratic government, rule of law, individual rights, free enterprise. Of course not, that would be imposing our way of life on others. They just have the right to demand our money. Why?
    Because they just do, apparently.

  11. There is no government of Canada (past, present, or future) that was or is, ever going to hit the Kyoto targets.

    Meanwhile there are (as of January) only 401 Republic of Korea UN peacekeepers.

    Mr Moon should go home and ask his only country to do more.

    South Korea signed Kyoto, which did not require them to hit a target.

    Good thing for them, because by 2008 they were 90% above 1990.

    What say you Mr. Moon?

  12. Between Prentice fighting off the hordes trying to get him to participate in the heist that is this new international bank tax (to fund the "inevitable" future bailouts that won't do anything except to keep bankers rich) and Harper and Bernier standing their ground against the BS that is carbon taxes, I'm glad the Conservatives have managed to hang on to power. I don't have much use for their style, but I'm with them 100% on these two issues.