I find it to be a very difficult day to be a proud Canadian. If you don’t agree with scientific fact that there is climate change from our pollution, you’ll probably be offended if you read this blog post. I hope you are offended, because I’m angry, and you should be too. It’s not everyday that your country’s leaders do something so profoundly stupid as for it to go down in history as a black mark against a country in history books. Yes, that’s a prediction, so if I’m wrong, please hold it over me with glee in a decade.
What’s even worse I think is that the stupid mistake of the Harperites isn’t an accident, it’s intentional and boldly ignorant. The Harper Conservatives have almost made good on their vague 2006 promise to have a “MADE IN CANADA” climate change plan instead of Kyoto, and as we know when we go shopping, next to nothing is made in Canada anymore. Our climate change “plan” is designed in the USA (like Apple products), and made in (blamed on) China, and forged in stupidity.
Now, let me tell you what I really think, if I haven’t been blunt enough yet. I think Stephen Harper doesn’t care that climate change is coming (or he thinks he’ll be rich[er] and dead before it harms people he cares about [AKA himself]), and that he saw no financial solution to convince China, the US, India, and Russia to curb their coal plant and industrial development, so he’s rollin’ with it all instead. Canada’s just an “ethical oil” tumbleweed, blown by the winds of energy greed, powerless to set its course in the eyes of vision-less Conservatives.
Illegal? Yes. Stupid? You bet.
Pressed about the government’s decision in the House of Commons Tuesday, Harper said the Kyoto targets were “stupid” and made no sense for Canada.
“What this government has never favoured is … the protocol that only controls a little bit of global emissions, not enough to actually make any difference but enough to transfer Canadian jobs overseas. And we will never agree to that.”
The Conservatives have committed to 17 per cent cuts from 2005 levels by 2020, a much lower threshold to meet than cutting below 1990 emissions levels.
Ouch, that contradiction should hurt, but factual-head-wounds don’t count when there are intellectual zombies at play.
Yes, Kyoto didn’t go far enough. But saying Canada quit because Kyoto wasn’t good enough, and then set targets that do less than good enough, is an example of insanity [or corruption]. Anyone who doesn’t realize that is insane or ignorant, so if you don’t think you’re crazy, it’s time you get educated. Don’t give me that BS that it’s about jobs. Whose jobs? It’s about destroying everything for everyone in the near future, to protect those with wealth today.
And we lie to ourselves when we tell ourselves that fixing climate change is someone else’s responsibility, or that the science is too uncertain to justify action, or that we’ll find a technology to solve the problem when it gets serious enough, or that it simply costs too much to do anything.
But most of all we lie to our kids. We tell them we’ve got the climate problem under control, while we’ve actually lost control of it completely. Worse, we tell them that we’re protecting their options for the future, while we’re actually closing down those options to protect powerful political and economic vested interests in the present.
It took a 17-year-old to tell the truth. The rest of us, supposedly adults, should be ashamed.
Thomas Homer-Dixon is the director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation and is the CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ont.
And then we have the stupid commentators on the subject, making it more convenient for the intellectually “busy” [AKA lazy] to deny the facts:
Dave Rutherford @RutherfordShow:
Elizabeth May says Tuvalu is mad at us for pulling out of Kyoto. Who cares Liz? I’m proud that Canada took a stand.
Who cares? I do, you asshole. This kind of deadly arrogance from the political right-wing is so over the top it makes me sick. They pretend they are the defenders of liberty and personal property, and they are literally “proud” that Canada has a willing hand in destroying defenseless island nations with our extravagant pollution. If Tuvalu were destroyed by an Earthquake, Rutherford and Gormley would be the first to crow about what a great job DART is doing in disaster relief. There are no brains left between the ears of those talking heads. And if you’ve started nodding in agreement with Gormley and climate change deniers too, you should try a head shake as a test.