I want to thank the Globe & Mail for this editorial. Approximately 2500 scientists who study climate change report, through peer-reviewed research, that the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is due to the burning of fossil fuels. If we fail to transition to a clean energy economy, our activities will lead to a tipping point where feedback loops will escalate warming very quickly – too quick for many species to adapt, which will seriously compromise our biosphere. There are tremendous business and job opportunities when it come to clean energy, and Canada – with its renewable resource potential and talent – has much to gain. Do we focus on cultivating a dirty resource that is hampered by price volatility or do we diversify our economy through conservation measures and clean tech development? Harper’s performance in Copenhagen was disappointing to say the least. In fact, I predict that the Canadian performance in Copenhagen will be studied for years to come as an example of how not to conduct oneself on the international stage.
The only potential saving grace for Canada is Bill C-311, which passed second read last April. If passed into law, it will become the Climate Change Accountibility Act which will commit Canada to science-based greenhouse gas targets.