Here we see a battle between politics, money and power on one side – and scientific objectivity on the other. Unfortunately, the picture is much muddier than is being presented in the press, and the public players may in fact not be playing for the teams we think they are. Where does this leave Layton -is he a manipulable globalist pawn? a shill for the big money interests backing Copenhagen? To give the guy the benefit of the doubt, it’s quite possible that he’s just as caught up in the propaganda as anyone else. To be quite honest, this journal has no idea and will be investing some efforts to find out. Watch this space.
Update (2009/10/22): The Liberals will not be helping push this bill through on Layton’s timeline.
Flashback: Lord Nicholas Stern: The world’s future is being decided this weekend | Thatcher science adviser: Copenhagen goal is world government | UN plans ’shock therapy’ for world leaders at Copenhagen summit | German Scientists Call for ‘World Climate Bank’ | G8 Summit: Rich nations to pay green tab | Canada to match U.S. climate change rules | US Congress Passes the 1,200-page Climate Bill that it was not allowed to read | Climate Cops To Fine “Wasteful” Homeowners & Businesses | Obama targets US public with call for climate action | Obama to stake reputation on fast-tracked climate bill | Ontario unveils cap-and-trade legislation | Economic stabilization may rely on carbon economy, economist says | NRTEE Carbon Market Panel is ‘Round Table on Socialist Planning’ | Climate panel presses for federal cap-and-trade system | Obama, Gore, tied to Chicago carbon exchange | U.N. ‘Climate Change’ Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy | U.N. Environment Head Wants Global Warming Tax | Time to emulate Roosevelt’s New Deal and create green jobs | EU calls for global carbon trading system to fight climate change | Ontario joins continental WCI cap-and-trade scheme | B.C. carbon tax kicks in on Canada Day | They call it cap and trade, but it’s just another fuel tax | Quebec, Ontario sign historic climate pact | Every adult in Britain should be forced to carry ‘carbon ration cards’, say MPs
Heather Scoffield, Canadian Press
October 19, 2009
Delaying vote on greenhouse-gas legislation until after Copenhagen conference would force Canada to ‘stand naked before the world’
NDP Leader Jack Layton says parliamentarians have a chance this week to restore Canada’s reputation as a protector of the environment, just in time for the high-stakes Copenhagen meeting on climate change.
Mr. Layton said all the MPs have to do is vote down a Conservative motion on Wednesday. The motion would delay an NDP bill to set out strict greenhouse-gas reduction targets for Ottawa, and require the government to give progress reports.
“We have another delay tactic being proposed,” Mr. Layton said Monday in a message meant to target Liberal MPs in particular.
“If that motion passes, it would be impossible for the bill then to come back before Copenhagen. And Canada would simply have to go and stand naked before the world, with Stephen Harper’s terrible position on climate change.”
The bill has gone through the House of Commons before, with the backing of the Liberals, but never made it into law because of last year’s election.
Now, the bill has been rejuvenated, gone through second reading and committee hearings. But the Conservatives are asking for a delay that would send the bill back for more study, and the NDP suspect the Liberals will agree to the Tory “foot-dragging.”
Mr. Layton wants MPs to reject the delay, so that they can vote for the bill and send a strong message, before the crucial meetings in Copenhagen take place in December.
That summit is hoped to yield a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, a global greenhouse-gas treaty ratified by dozens of countries, including Canada but not the United States.
The Harper government has been non-committal in the process leading up to Copenhagen, Mr. Layton said. But if MPs pass his Climate Change Accountability Act, it would send the world a strong message that the Canadian public and its elected representatives want to take action.
The bill sets strict targets for greenhouse-gas emissions and calls for an 80 per cent reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. Mr. Layton says he has the backing of the Bloc QuÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©bÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©cois, but needs the support of the Liberals in order to make any headway.
The Conservative government has pledged to lower greenhouse gases 20 per cent from 2006 levels by 2020.
The Liberals supported the NDP bill last year. By highlighting the Tory motion for delay, and the NDP is indicating that if the Liberals side with the Tories, Mr. Layton will hammer Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff for lack of action on the environment.
Mr. Ignatieff made it clear last week that the environment will play a centre role in his next election platform.
Liberal environment critic David McGuinty said Monday that the bill is being divided into two parts, and so requires more study.
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