Friday, January 12, 2007

Is it greener on the Canadian side?

I just covered Sweden's bold move to be completely fossil-fuel free by the year 2020 over at Green Options (you should still be able to view it on our beta-version front page). Now I see on Celsias that Canada may be jumping on the green bandwagon. Or at least eyeing it up.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper admitted that he misjudged how much people are concerned about global warming. So he replaced his Environment Minister, Rona Ambrose, with Treasury Board president John Baird, hoping to convince Canadians of a fresh perspective and new commitment to the environment.

Harper also announced the creation of a new Cabinet committee on the environment and energy security, which will work on the Conservatives' proposed Clean Air Act. But environmentalists argue that the Act doesn't move quickly enough to cut carbon pollution and slow the worst affect of global warming.

According to the National Post, when asked why his government hadn't made global warming a priority in the past, Harper replied:
"I think the public's been clear to us; they want that to be a priority. I think it should be a priority...so that is going to occupy..a lot of our time."
Like the United States, Canada seems to have a growing concern about global warming. Unusual species migration and golfing in January are consequences that can be felt and seen by everyone, not just those who travel to the North Pole and watch the polar bears struggle to find ice.

Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2002, but the Harper administration rejects the thrust of the agreement; a schedule for cuts to global warming pollution.

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