Arnold Schwarzenegger's environmental adviser suggests the Canadian government's climate-change plan should be terminated -- or at least significantly improved.
Tamminen compares our government to the Bush administration:
He says the Conservative government is making the same mistake as the Bush administration in the U.S. by failing to take urgent action.
"I don't think the plan itself is commensurate with the threat,'' Tamminen said in an interview.
"That's the same problem we have here in the United States. Our federal government is not responding when they talk about volunteerism and the kinds of timetables that it takes to reduce greenhouse gases.
"Our federal governments are, frankly, asleep at the switch.''
"Just like (in the U.S.), it's not the federal government taking a leadership role,'' Tamminen said.
"Both of our countries ... need to take this problem more seriously and we've got to develop more aggressive targets.''
The word "timid" doesn't quite jive with Baird's claim of "aggressive". The worrisome part for the Conservatives, they were so eager to get some environmental credibility, they actually invited the Governor and his entourage. What now, when the invitee compares you plan to the woeful Bush approach? Hardly the public relations event the Tories had in mind.
Every Canadian environmental expert imaginable, economists that you hired to trash Kyoto, all the opposition parties, representatives from the E.U, the United Nations, the man behind the most ambitious plan in North America, the Oscar winner in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. Everyone is disappointed, expect for Buzz Hargrove, two oil execs and a writer from Sun Media. I watch with disbelief now, every time I hear Mr. Baird make his baseless claims, that are supported by no one and universally panned. Seriously, if you plan was as ambitious as you claim, would people really use words like "timid"? Baird has become absurd, like Baghdad Bob, with no relationship to reality.