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Canada, trampled by a band of Neanderthals

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This is a must read leading up to Copenhagen. Not a lot to disagree with. Essentially, economic obesity and Mr Harper have turned Canada into the North Korea of the climate world.

Canada’s image lies in tatters. It is now to climate what Japan is to whaling

The tar barons have held the nation to ransom. This thuggish petro-state is today the greatest obstacle to a deal in Copenhagen

When you think of Canada, which qualities come to mind? The world’s peacekeeper, the friendly nation, a liberal counterweight to the harsher pieties of its southern neighbour, decent, civilised, fair, well-governed? Think again. This country’s government is now behaving with all the sophistication of a chimpanzee’s tea party. So amazingly destructive has Canada become, and so insistent have my Canadian friends been that I weigh into this fight, that I’ve broken my self-imposed ban on flying and come to Toronto.

So here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, diverse economy towards dependence on a single primary resource, which happens to be the dirtiest commodity known to man. The price of this transition is the brutalisation of the country, and a government campaign against multilateralism as savage as any waged by George Bush.

Until now I believed that the nation that has done most to sabotage a new climate change agreement was the United States. I was wrong. The real villain is Canada. Unless we can stop it, the harm done by Canada in December 2009 will outweigh a century of good works.

Shame on us.

Written by Dave Sawyer

December 1st, 2009 at 11:57 am

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  1. No hyperbole there at all, but so glad that Monbiot was willing to take the extra-ordinary gesture of breaking his target of zero flying for something he thinks is important. Come on, dirtiest commodity known to man? I agree that Canada’s stance is not always positive, but maybe we could engineer the economic collapse of the US and then simply average our emissions with those of the US and then challenge the rest of the world to do the same. Oh wait, been there, done that.

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