The Canadian Senate has defeated a Climate change bill. Despite the inevitable knee jerk reactions of the Green Party ,and the the Blame Harper meme displayed by the NDP , the chamber of sober second thought has shown some sanity on the climate change issue. The Bill called for greenhouse gases (read CO2 – not water vapour) to be cut 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
That’s more stringent than the Harper government’s goal of a 17 per cent emissions cut from 2005 levels by 2020, which is in line with the Obama administration’s targets in the United States.
17% was already unrealistic (and also in our view completely unnecessary)
Perhaps the Senators, having time on their hands, have been noticing what has been happening around the World. In the UK the Royal Society has climbed down on its prognostications re global temperature increases. In the US there is no appetite for a Climate Bill, even among Democrats ( but everyone will blame Republicans). The market created to take advantage of cap and trade, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) has collapsed.
White House advisors are questioning the future of alternative energy incentives, suggesting cutting off funding for solar and wind farm construction projects (ie. let the private sector take the risk – as it should!).
In Europe subsidies for alternative energy experiments are ending. In France they’ve dissolved “Medad” the Dept of the Environmental Sustainability (Ministère du Développement durable). The reality is they can’t afford it and neither can we, so let’s stop before we get started.
We hope Nova Scotia politicians are paying attention but we wouldn’t count on it.
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