File Under: Empty Gestures and Pacific Rim-Jobs

by matttbastard

The Star:

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?

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