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Climate Shame As Canada Named “Colossal Fossil”

Naming Canada as “Colossal Fossil” at the boldest, most audacious Fossil Award ceremony to date, tuxedo-clad Ben Wikler of Avaaz.org said:

“Fossil of the Year goes to CANADA, for bringing a totally unacceptable position into Copenhagen and refusing to strengthen it one bit. Canada’s 2020 target is among the worst in the industrialized world, and leaked cabinet documents revealed that the governments is contemplating a cap-and-trade plan so weak that it would put even that target out of reach.

“Canada has made zero progress here on financing, offering nothing for the short term or the long term beyond vague platitudes. And in last night’s high-level segment, Canada’s environment minister gave a speech so lame that it didn’t include a single target, number or reference to the science.

“Canada’s performance here in Copenhagen builds on two years of delay, obstruction and total inaction. This government thinks there’s a choice between environment and economy, and for them, tar sands beats climate every time. Canada’s emissions are headed nowhere but up. For all this and more, we name Canada the Colossal Fossil.”

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21 Responses to “Climate Shame As Canada Named “Colossal Fossil””

  1. Dan says:

    The problem is that we have a right-wing, pro-business, anti-environment government in power that most of us didn’t vote for (this is due to the spilt vote of the 65% of Canadians on the left-wing).

    This is deserved and I hope that our politcs get sorted out soon so that we can get a more ‘green’ government in power. In the meantime, stop buying petrol from Canada as it is largely coming from the tar-sands in Alberta.

  2. Steve C says:

    Yeah, our Canadian Gov’t has acted pretty shamefully, yet again. It kind of encourages me to do more personally, but it’s pretty sad that no one is asking industry to do their part as well.

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  4. David says:

    The greenest city in North America is in Canada (Vancouver). Vancouver’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions are already back at 1990 levels and falling fast, and are well below that of the average European citizen. I personally renounced daily vehicle use for a bicycle years ago, long before it was fashionable amongst the self-righteous.

    There are precious few in the world who can claim moral superiority, everyone else is just a hypocrite.

  5. Lyra says:

    This prompted a press release in Canada that the tar sands contribute $21 billion to the rest of the country in profit, and that if oil extraction was curtailed, our social services will pay the price in the rest of the country.

    Interesting as these petrochemical companies give very little back to the Canadian economy for the destruction of land. The land and water is not ‘leased’ – millions of litres of water is destroyed for use by arable lands in the extraction process, and the old growth forest will never grow back. Well done Suncor and many other international conglomerates! Don’t forget to wave on your way out!

  6. Ann says:

    Canada only contributes 2% of all the worlds emissions so that award means nothing. China and the US are the worst offenders and should really clean up their act because polluting the earth is wrong. To blame the people is wrong too! Most scientists state that man has very little effect on climate change and the leaked emails showing that data was tampered with and deleted should be cause for real data to be collected. We should not be a part of any treaties until we have accurate evidence and data. I personally do not want to be taxed or controlled, especially when the global warming claims are most likely not true. Now Companies that pollute the earth should not be allowed to do so and should be banned from their toxic ways. The oil companies should be responsible for their mess. I would rather our society be run on clean energy, but why are we not provided it… seems the oil companies do not want any competition. Everyone should watch the documentaries Who Killed The Electric Car and Food Matters. Inform yourself!

  7. Larry says:

    Congratulations – through your ridiculous antics, you are more to blame for Canadians not buying into the whole global warming business. Canada’s PM acted in the best interests of Canadians – thank God for that!

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  9. Andrew says:

    I’m proud of Stephen Harper and Jim Prentice for causing this reaction to their position at Copenhagen. This just proves that their position is the most intelligent and logically at the conference.

    By the way, good luck on your attempt to row across the North Atlantic in the winter time. After all, wouldn’t it be hypocritical to, I don’t know, get on a big polluting jet to come back to North America?

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  11. Swales says:

    Thankfully Canada’s leader has acted in a manner that is best for Canadians, no perhaps we aren’t willing to be forced to transfer all our potential wealth to developing nations under this ridiculous idea it will help the enviroment. As for the oil sands they contribute less the 5% of canada’s emissions, not to mention we contribute only 2% to global emissions. Why not talk about China’s unwillingness for transparency? They seem will to talk big but are not interested in provided proof of their reductions?!? Or the US for that matter, do you really believe that once the Republicans get back into Office they will give a S$%@? Those two countries alone contribute 40% of global emissions. All aggressive targets will bring is either shame later when we don’t meet them, or massive job losses in canada because we would no longer be competitive with our major trading partners. So in short Hoaxenhagen can suck a fat one.

  12. Stan says:

    Thanks for making such fools of yourselves and further discrediting the loons at the Church Of Global Warming!

  13. Pete says:

    I perceive this ‘award’ as an example of true leadership on the part of PM Harper. Why should Canada jump the idiotic environmentalists’ bandwagon!? Environmentalists the world over (but usually personified by the Greenpeace ignoramuses) are nothing but a collection of self-centred, know nothings who have blindly chosen to follow the politics of junk science. Worse, since they believe the world rotates around them and their falsified claims of man-made global warming, they expect responsible government leaders to cave in to their outrageously self-centred demands.
    Call an election on Bushesque government? Really?
    How about an enquiry (a truly scientific one, this time) into the REAL agenda of stupid greenies!

  14. Ron says:

    Everybody in Canada chant “We’re Number One”! Thank the Lord we are the worst at this bogus conference. Everyone of the Euro leaders who is slamming Canada and in particular the so called underdeveloped countries (China, India and the likes) can go take a giant leap. The cap and trade system is filled with fraud and is just a huge transfer of wealth. The African nations with hardly any industry just want money shoveled at them with out so much as earning a dime of it. The amount of pollution put out by Canada is minuscule in comparison to some European countries, the United States and China. At least in Canada we are trying to develop technologies that would reduce or eliminate toxic wastes. The idea of cap and trade with the “I can spew as much gas into the air as I want as long as I pay some farmer in Bangladesh is jut ridiculous. As far as two premieres of provinces telling the federal government that we are not doing enough is at best and big laugh…considering who they are.

  15. Mia Frederiksen says:

    This made my year!! I couldn’t be more proud. Canada has once again showed leadership in slamming the environmentalists (and I stress the syllable MENTAL here) and refusing to subject her intelligent citizenry to the lunacy and lies that are the hallmarks of the globull warming hoax. Let’s go for four years running, Canada – we can do it! My goal for 2010 is to elevate my carbon footprint to almost as high as Al Gore’s bank account. Wish me luck!!

  16. Hank Egan says:

    I am trying to learn about this and form an opinion but cannot help remaining agnostic.

    You have a ceremony hosted by caucasians speaking with North American accents and you name Canada as the fossil of the decade? Are you guys Canadian? Your website says you represent 500 organizations from around the world – but I could not really see that it was a diverse group at the ceremony.

    Seems like a scam to me.

    I will need to look elsewhere for credible information on this issue. So many people with hidden agendas…

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  18. Not Pete says:

    Thank goodness the C02 Police are as dysfunctional as always. Point source emissions are high as it takes energy to extract resources. Change the focus to end source emissions and the picture changes. How much C02 is produced to create a dollar item in China and then sell it in USA at Walmart? That is the REAL picture.

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  21. Interesting effort, but one thing makes it lose all credibility. I haven’t seen a single award to China, the world’s biggest CO2 emitter, and by many accounts the biggest impediment to a strong deal in Copenhagen. Are they funding you guys or something? Why does China get kid gloves when it comes to climate change? The World Bank says 16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are there. Do you think all their pollution problems are somehow the Western world’s fault?

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