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Thursday, October 12, 2006

It isn't easy being green

Mandatory curbs on carbon dioxide, tax credits for leaving the car at home and funding for the development of renewable fuels.

These announcements from…drum roll… the Conservatives? I don’t blame you for being confused, especially since you’ve been told over and over how the Federals Liberals and Greens are the official environmental stewards of Canada.

Of course the Liberals fail to mention under their watch there was a 31% increase over Canada’s targets under the mangled Kyoto Accord, that air quality declined in all major Canadian cities and that Canada slid in a spectacular fashion to 28 out of 29 in the OECD’s pollution rankings.

But this week’s announcement in Vancouver by Harper flies in the face of the “green police” rhetoric.

Let’s not forget that Canada’s greenest Prime Minister was none other than the much-maligned Brian Mulroney. Awarded by Corporate Knights, the honour demonstrates that when it comes to action on environmental and pollution issues, you are better off with a Conservative government.

Elizabeth May, the leader of Canada’s Green Party was unstinting in her praise for Mulroney, who she says focused on the environment by signing the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, finalizing an acid-rain treaty and establishing the $3 billion Green Plan.

Apparently Ms. May only has nice things to say about former Prime Ministers, because she sure ripped into Harpers’ new Clean Air Act.

In a disingenuous opinion article printed yesterday she completely ignores the new mandatory emission standards, like those found in California, and pretends this Act sidesteps the Canadian government’s commitment to greenhouse gas reduction.

Clever politics, Ms. May, but blatantly and purposely inaccurate. Too bad you were willing to sacrifice truth on the altar of partisan play.

The new Act deals with pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions together – as they should be – not in the isolation they’ve been handled in the past.

The biggest source of emissions come in the form of carbon dioxide and sulpher dioxide from vehicles. Mandatory standards will go a long way to reduce these.

How I can tell that this is the right move? The Ontario auto industry is crying the blues about the new rules.

There is an old saying that a good compromise leaves everyone unhappy.

The Conservatives have been clear from the beginning that the Kyoto Protocol was a pipe-dream. Now they’ve brought this act, in addition to rules dealing with mercury release, environment land banking and reductions on release of toxic substances from base metal smelters.

No doubt Elizabeth May is justifiable angry that the Conservatives have stolen pages from her policy book. I just wonder if she’ll sing the praises of Stephen Harper when he gets his green PM award.

As seen today in 24 Hours

8 Comments:

At 9:35 AM, Blogger wayward son said...

You are right about the Liberals increasing emissions by about 31%. But what will reductions in energy intensity do? Likely nothing. After all under the Liberals while emissions were skyrocketing our energy efficiency was improving by 13%. It is very likely that the Liberals horrific environmental record would have passed Harpers new "hard targets" with flying colours. ("From 1990 to 2003, Canada's energy efficiency improved by an estimated 13 percent" it goes to show that energy intensity is a crock. http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/corporate/statistics/neud/dpa/data_e/trends05/chapter1.cfm?attr=0)

And as far as I can tell the Auto industry was upset when they thought that Mr Harper might actually do something, but I am sure they are pleased with the reality of Harper's Green Plan 2.

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger doug said...

Agree with you as I do about Kyoto being at best a pipe-dream , I am not at all convinced that the 'proposals' thus far released by the Govt., are very politically savvy.

Why do we need more 'consultations'? If we have not 'consulted' at this moment in time, someone should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on the nearest rail. Enough with the consultations, already.

As a start, Alberta should be required to deal with its coal-fired electricity plants. Now. Ralph kept saying that clean-coal was the way to go, and I found that to be an attractive argument. But we surely don't need consultations on the matter. Clean the things up within a fixed time-frame(short) or find another way to generate power.

How allowing one province to hand out 'energy dividends' to its population while simultaneously it generates the MOST CO2 in all of Canada, is hardly a recipe for electoral success. I hope that this issue will be addressed NOW, as to me it represents a clear danger to continued Conservative Government on the National level.

Not to mention a very poor structural approach to a likely problem.

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger Bernie said...

JOKE:

What Do I Look Like?

A newlywed couple just moved into their new house. One day the husband comes home from work and his wife says, "Honey, you know, in the upstairs bathroom one of the pipes is leaking, could you fix it?"

The husband just looked at his wife and said, "What do I look like, Mr.Plumber?

A few days went by, and he comes home from work and again his wife asks for a favor, "Honey, the car won't start, I think that it needs a new battery. Could you change it for me?"

"What do I look like, Mr.Goodwrench?" was his response.

Another couple of weeks go by, and it's raining pretty hard. His wife then finds a leak in the roof. She pleads with him as he's walking through the door. "Honey, there's a leak on the roof! Can you please fix it?"

He just looked at her and said, "What do I look like, Bob Vila?" and sat down with a beer and watched a game on TV.

One weekend the husband woke up and it was pouring pretty hard, but the leak on the roof was gone! Speaking of leaks, he also went to take a shower, and he found that the one pipe behind the sink wasn't leaking anymore either.

His wife was coming home just then, and as she walked through the door, the husband asked, "Honey, how come there aren't any more leaks and the car's running?"

She replied nonchalantly, "Oh, the other day I was picking up the mail, and I ran into one of our new neighbors, Jon. What a nice man. He came over and fixed everything." "Wow, did he charge us anything?" asked the husband. "No, he just said that he'd do it for free if I either baked him a cake or had sex with him," she said.

"Cool. What kind of cake did you make?" asked the husband.

"Cake? What the hell do you think I look like, Betty Crocker?

 
At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT
ACCEPTS BRIBES AND LAUNDERS MONEY?

The annual "Police Ball" for the Vancouver Police Department
will be held on October 14, 2006 from 6pm to 10pm at
the Hyatt Hotel downtown. It is done through
their Marching Pipe Band division.
http://www.pipeband.ca/

Here is what I believe to be true after
actually attending this event about ten years ago.
You can make a donation by buying an advertisement
in the dinner/schedule booklet or you can
donate to reserve a table.

It is a high class dinner/entertainment/"roast" ( of people )
event with waiters wearing white gloves, etcetera.
Cops, businessmen, lawyers and high
government officials attend this event.

My complaint is this. An evil businessman I know named ****
made a rumored $40,000 donation and bragged to me later
that he could get any favor he wants from the
Vancouver Police Department.
No kidding, for $40,000 I thought?

Years later **** used his connection to
have a friend of mine entrapped, and unnecesarily
and falsely arrested by the police for simply sending a COPY
of an email to him.
This same **** is the most superficial,
self-conceited person you will ever meet.
Even his wife does not know that, on frequent out of
town trips this thief is a heavy user of cocaine and prostitutes.

I wonder if this police bribery could be exposed?
It must go on in other cities too, but it's
probably hidden like the Vancouver, Canada cops do
through their supposed charity of a Marching Pipe Band.

Also the police favors to the bribe givers are done subtly,
with a nudge and a wink, so it's hard to catch. At least
the police department could publish a list of the real names
of the contributors and the dollar amount laundered,
I mean given.

Where is the Vancouver Sun daily newspaper on this issue?
They must know this goes on. Where's the publicity and exposure
of this illegal financing?

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger Bernie said...

Fixed post from above:

VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT
ACCEPTS BRIBES AND LAUNDERS MONEY?

The annual "Police Ball" for the Vancouver Police Department
will be held on October 14, 2006 from 6pm to 10pm at
the Hyatt Hotel downtown. It is done through
their Marching Pipe Band division.
http://www.pipeband.ca/

Here is what I believe to be true after
actually attending this event about ten years ago.
You can make a donation by buying an advertisement
in the dinner/schedule booklet or you can
donate to reserve a table.

It is a high class dinner/entertainment/"roast" ( of people )
event with waiters wearing white gloves, etcetera.
Cops, businessmen, lawyers and high
government officials attend this event.

My complaint is this. An evil businessman I know named Bill T.
made a rumored $40,000 donation and bragged to me later
that he could get any favor he wants from the
Vancouver Police Department.
No kidding, for $40,000 I thought?

Years later Bill T. used his connection to
have a friend of mine entrapped, and unnecesarily
and falsely arrested by the police for simply sending a COPY
of an email to him.
This same Bill T. is the most superficial,
self-conceited person you will ever meet.
Even his wife does not know that, on frequent out of
town trips this thief is a heavy user of cocaine and prostitutes.

I wonder if this police bribery could be exposed?
It must go on in other cities too, but it's
probably hidden like the Vancouver, Canada cops do
through their supposed charity of a Marching Pipe Band.

Also the police favors to the bribe givers are done subtly,
with a nudge and a wink, so it's hard to catch. At least
the police department could publish a list of the real names
of the contributors and the dollar amount laundered,
I mean given.

Where is the Vancouver Sun daily newspaper on this issue?
They must know this goes on. Where's the publicity and exposure
of this illegal financing?

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger Clinton P. Desveaux said...

One reason to not vote for Harper, Indian Rain Dance Legislation doesn't work, no matter how much we wish man/woman could control weather...

 
At 1:04 AM, Anonymous Larry said...

This Federal Conservative government plan regarding help for clean air, is ballanced and practical for now.

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Clinton P. Desveaux said...

The conservatives are a joke, man can not control weather.

 

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