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Fossil 5: Special guest — the Mayor of Toronto — collects Canada’s casket of shame

The Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, in Copenhagen made a special guest appearance tonight to collect first and second place “Fossil of the Day” awards, after NGOs from around the world voted to present Canada with a double dishonour for doing the most to obstruct progress in the global climate talks today.

THIRD PLACE: THE EUROPEAN UNION
European leaders had the chance to put their mark on the talks today: by agreeing a more ambitious 2020 target, by putting money on the table longer term, by ensuring short term finance is new money, and by closing EU loopholes like hot air and sinks. Five opportunities for leadership. Of the five, they took… zero.

We’re glad the EU is calling for a legally binding outcome as soon as possible, and we know some countries in Europe are fighting for an agreement worth having. But to seal a real deal at Copenhagen, Europe’s leaders need to lead together–to end their defensive approach, and make a bold move before the final hour of Copenhagen. In particular Germany must understand that other countries will not be inspired by an EU that is holding out on moving forward. Only courageous action will draw out responses. Timidity will draw out Fossils.

SECOND PLACE: CANADA
Canada’s chief negotiator insisted in a briefing this morning that his country’s target of -3% below 1990 are, in fact, based on science. The price quote–in answer to a question, was: “Yes, Canada’s targets are science-based. Absolutely, yes.”

Last we checked, the IPCC scientific community called for 25-40% emission reductions below 1990 levels. The Fossil Supreme Command Council can only conclude that he wasn’t referring to climate science at all, but rather the science of mathematics–because -3% is, indeed, a number. (Although a very small one.) Speaking of math, Canada already promised in the Kyoto Protocol to go to -6% from 1990 levels. Oops!

Further, when the chief negotiator was asked this morning if he believed Canada’s so called “science based-target” would protect melting summer sea-ice in the North West passage, he responded quite accurately that he is not a scientist and therefore cannot predict sea-ice. Canada, here’s a piece of science you can understand: you’ve won the second place Fossil Award.

FIRST PLACE: CANADA
It doesn’t get much clearer than this: Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, said yesterday that, quote, “it’s in Canada’s interests to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new agreement.” He didn’t explain whether that’s because he’s scared to face Kyoto’s compliance committee

It also appears that Canada’s environment minister is suffering a serious case of CAN envy. Yesterday, he invented his own prize, the Hot Air of the Day Award, and tried to give it to a Canadian environmental group. It’s a true honor to be recognized for hot air by this government, the world’s acknowledged masters in that area. But even though imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we’d be even more flattered if you actually signed on to a fair, ambitious, and binding deal instead of trying to wriggle free of the climate promises you’ve already made and broken.

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11 Responses to “Fossil 5: Special guest — the Mayor of Toronto — collects Canada’s casket of shame”

  1. [...] Toronto mayor David Miller accepting two (!) Fossil of the Day awards on behalf of Canada today at the Copenhagen talks. Photo from friend Heidi Miller, who is attending [...]

  2. Lyra says:

    Oh, I am so proud of Canada for its mission to self-destruct! Mayor David Miller is actually one of the greenest mayors in North America, so it was unfair that he had to walk to the podium for the federal and provincial Ministers of the Environment, who have done more active damage to Canada than any of their predecessors! I have seen it in my lifetime.

    Go Canada Go! And when the Fossil Awards ceremonies are done, we will have one more reason to vote you, your cronies and your corrupt untendered government agreements for the Alberta tar sands right out of office!

  3. Lyra says:

    Oh yeah, the Chief Negotiator wants the ice in the North West passage to melt- it opens up OIL OIL OIL for Canada, and destroys the Inuit hunting grounds, but hey! Pay them off before they notice.

  4. Riahi Réda says:

    That was a total failure for Canada! I’m Canadian, and I think that Harper’s government no longer represents the people of Canada.

  5. Bruno says:

    It is a shame for many of us to be canadian for Copenhagen conference. At least I’m living in Quebec province and we target 20% below 1990. The best target in North America. There is some hope.

  6. It frustrates me that the Harper-Prentice Government is negotiating on my behalf. As a citizen of Canada, I’m angered that we have a government that is unable to form policy around evidence-based research and peer reviewed science. When Prentice talks about “Canada’s best interests”, he means the big businesses his party represents: Big Oil.

  7. [...] currently leading the scoreboard for total points. Hell. We took first place and second on Friday, December 11. We took Second place for trying to argue that our target of -3% reduction below 1990 levels are [...]

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  8. [...] aux nombreux Fossiles reçus, le ministre de l’environnement, Jim Prentice, a décidé de créer un prix «Hot Air» (foutaise) qu’il a décerné à l’Institut Pembina, une des organisations canadiennes les plus [...]

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  9. [...] Freitagabend war in Kopenhagen erneut Kanada an der Reihe. Anstatt konstruktiv an einem Abkommen mitzuarbeiten, schlägt Kanada allen Ernstes vor, das Kyoto-Pr…. Offenbar hat sich Kanada ganz fest vorgenommen in Kopenhagen möglichst unangenehm aufzufallen. [...]

  10. [...] Freitagabend war in Kopenhagen erneut Kanada an der Reihe. Anstatt konstruktiv an einem Abkommen mitzuarbeiten, schlägt Kanada allen Ernstes vor, das Kyoto-Pr…. Offenbar hat sich Kanada ganz fest vorgenommen in Kopenhagen möglichst unangenehm aufzufallen. [...]

  11. [...] the world’s worst climate criminals, Canada is not safe: it keeps picking up not-so-prestigious ‘Fossil of the Day’ Awards for its efforts to scupper a just and [...]

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