A breakthrough on climate change may have been reached with an agreement by big polluters like the United States and China to commit to the principle of setting a global target to cut greenhouse gases.
It’s unlikely, however, that the 21 Pacific Rim leaders gathered for the APEC summit will reach a consensus on setting a worldwide specific target, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday.
“Frankly, we are not at the point where we can dictate the target to all the countries of the world,” Harper said in French.
“But I think it is important that the world accept a target, the idea of a target, and the idea of the full participation of all the major emitters.
“That’s the consensus we’re in the midst of pursuing here.”
“Let’s remember … if we can get an international protocol, this is a big, big step. It will be the first time the world has done this. In the Kyoto protocol, nations representing two-thirds of emissions essentially opted out. So we have to do a better job next time.”
How about this for a specific target: we cut Harper’s opportunities to emit hot air, which, in this case especially, has to have increased the average Global temperature by several notches?