Sunday, July 5, 2009

Jim Prentice Makes Freudian Slip to Defend His Party in Alberta

As Michael Ignatieff is attempting to build bridges in Alberta, letting them know that his Canada very much includes them, Jim Prentice put his foot in his mouth, letting the Conservatives' real priority slip.

When the Liberal leader accused the Tories of neglecting Alberta voters, Jim Prentice stated, and I quote:

"We don’t take any vote in this province for granted. Not one single vote...."

Clearly it's the vote, not the voter that's on his mind.
It's sure not the environment either, as Prentice continues his inaction, promising an expensive carbon tax, but offering no real solutions; while our record just keeps getting worse.
The Calgary Herald
Canwest News Service
July 1, 2009

Canada is doing the least of any of the world's wealthiest countries to fight climate change,
says a damning report card released Wednesday by the World Wildlife Foundation.

Of the G8 countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States -- Canada is one of the few whose emissions are still increasing, the 2009 Climate Scorecard said, blaming an "expanding exploitation of the tarsands" in Alberta.

"Nowhere else on Earth do fewer people steward more resources, yet Canada now stands dead last among the G8 Nations in protecting our shared home from the threat of dangerous climate change," said foundation spokesman Keith Stewart.

The report found the country's emission rates per capita were very high compared to the other industrialized countries' averages.

The report measures countries' performance and trends in areas such as development of greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, the distance to their Kyoto targets, their share of renewable energies and the efficiency of their climate policies.

The evaluation is based on their progress and improvement made since 1990, the current status of emissions, and the intended policies for the future.

According to the report, Germany, the United Kingdom and France have already achieved their Kyoto targets.

But the report says the efforts of those countries won't be enough to keep the global temperatures below the so-called danger threshold -- which has been defined by scientists as a two-degree rise of average temperatures around the planet when compared to pre-industrial times.

To prevent climate change to these danger levels, the WWF estimates global emissions must peak and decline well before 2020 and be reduced by 80% by 2050.

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