Canada is in:
The Conservative government will side with the European countries against the Bush administration by endorsing a call for greenhouse gas reduction targets at a G8 summit next week.
Environment Minister John Baird said Canada would endorse those targets, which the U.S. has apparently refused to back.
"We strongly support the . . . European proposal to have a commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 50 per cent," Baird said.
Canada isn't in:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper distanced himself Monday from a strongly worded international statement about fighting climate change, explaining Canada is trying to craft a consensus to include the United States and China in a new pact to tackle global warming.
Baird today called our plan the "toughest", yet provincial governments disagree, except one(guess who?)
Baird put on the defensive
Environment Minister John Baird was put on the defensive Monday after an attempt to sell Ottawa's greenhouse gas reduction plan to his provincial and territorial counterparts was met with a chorus of disapproval.
A number of ministers emerged from a closed-door meeting with Mr. Baird saying they were disappointed with the government for failing to set a hard cap on industries that produce greenhouse gas emissions.
Critics point out that the latter number sets targets for big business based on their industrial output, rather than placing a hard cap on their emissions. Intensity targets would allow emissions to continue rising along with industry output.
Among the few to emerge with optimism after what some described as a “very lively discussion” was Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner
Environmental groups scoff today, provincal counterparts criticize- another banner day for the Green Plan. I can't wait for the G8 summit. Baird will surely shine, given the strong backing from all quarters.