Another Fossil of the Day Award for Canada
In Barcelona, Spain, international negotiators have gathered for another round of UN climate talks. Observers from non-governmental organizations are monitoring the negotiations and giving out Fossil of the Day Awards to the countries that are blocking progress.
Today, Canada’s negotiators picked up yet another Fossil of the Day Award. The international community nominated the Canadian government for obstructing progress. Environment Minister Jim Prentice recently stated that it would be “irresponsible” for Canada to meet a 25% emissions reduction target by the year 2020.
Prentice is worried about the economic impacts of reducing emissions, though recent studies show that the economy will thrive if we invest in clean energy. He does not appear to be concerned about the devastating economic impacts of runaway global warming.
Canada is now one of the top 10 worst global warming polluters on the planet. In 2007, Canada produced a record 747 million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution.
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