Abigail Jabines, a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia. The Harper government was also singled out for choosing the year 2005 as a benchmark for its targets instead of using 1990, when emissions were much lower. Harper has blamed the previous government's economic policies for Canada's skyrocketing emissions that are more than 30 per cent above its Kyoto target, but the other countries don't see that as an excuse for announcing misleading targets.
"Canada has highlighted their national policy which is to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from a 2005 baseline," said an APEC negotiator, with tongue in cheek, who asked not to be identified. "Canada was quite modest and considerate not to use 2006 as a baseline."
Jabinas said she spoke with delegates from several other developing countries who were annoyed with Canada's behaviour, suggesting that it had inadequate policies to fight climate change but was attempting to use its misleading targets "to project a sense of moral high ground," over the rest of the world.
While Jabinas refused to name countries that had specifically complained to her about the behaviour of Canada and other developed countries at the conference, she said many felt the climate change negotiations were rushed through, in the midst of separate bilateral or trilateral discussions on separate trade issues. Under the circumstances, she said they felt pressured to accept a declaration that didn't talk about Kyoto in order to avoid economic repercussions.
"They did say that directly, they felt that they were bullied, and indirectly, that this is not the proper venue, because they would be forced to agree on something," she said.
It is actually refreshing that other countries aren't buying into the Conservative vascade on emissions cuts, based on convenient baselines. It is also heartening that others are annoyed at the "moral high ground" nonsense that Canada has been projecting on the world stage, as though it is leading the charge, when in fact we are quite timid.