The G8 leaders have endorsed a new world climate change plan with no hard targets. I am so utterly disillusioned with our “leaders” on this issue today that I can barely muster the energy write this post. Far from being a competent leader, this Merkel women has allowed the Bush/Harper snow job team to derail the Kyoto accord which represented real hard targets and true progress in combating climate change. It has been replaced with “joke policy” led to mislead and derail.
The G8 leaders should have stood their ground on Kyoto and forced Harper and Bush to comply. Leaders stand up for what they believe in and lead by example, not capitulation. Climate change represents the most dangerous threat to our existence, yet these leaders respond by announcing they will meet emissions targets 43 years from now.
Emissions need to be reduced through accountability measures set this year and the next and the next. Meeting climate change targets in 43 years is not called progress on climate change..it’s called a cop-out! We cannot stop climate change by reaching for the lowest common denominator.
Opposition politicians in Ottawa, meanwhile, are calling the G8 agreement on climate change a “watered-down” deal. Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said the plan doesn’t include any clear targets for cutting GHGs, and accused Harper of failing “Canada and the world.” “The bar has been set so low that this so-called agreement does not even reflect what is really necessary to fight against climate change,” said Dion during question period in Parliament, adding that the declaration fails to recognize the “scientific imperative” to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius in the next century. Experts say hard targets to reduce emissions by 50 per cent are needed to prevent that temperature rise.