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Climate Change Conference in Posnan, Poland: Canada receives 4 fossil awards, and is possibly trying to exempt tar sands. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 December 2008 02:41
Climate Change Conference in Posnan, Poland: Canada receives 4 fossil awards, and is possibly trying to exempt tar sands

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CANADA HAS SKEWED BASELINE FOR REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
The European Commission, the executive body of the EU, proposed a package of measures in January 2008 to implement a decision of EU leaders last year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in 2020 on 1990 levels.
In the 1992 Framework Convention, which was ratified by most states, including the United States and Canada, all governments undertook to use 1990 as a baseline.

Also in the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the signatories of the Convention were bound to invoke the precautionary principle, which affirmed that governments should take precautionary measures to anticipate, prevent, or minimize the causes of climate change and mitigate its adverse effects. "Where there is the threat of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent the threat."
However for years, the fossil fuel industry in Canada lobbied strongly against seriously addressing the issue of climate change

In the December 2, Media Conference call with Ambassador Michael Martin the question of base line was asked. He responded that the base line was between 1990 and 2006, and added that it was no longer relevant within the context of 2050.

CANADA RECEIVES 4 FOSSIL AWARDS AT THE COP MEETING IN POLAND: EXEMPTION OF TAR SANDS?

On December 4, the Sierra Club and the Climate Change Action network reported that Canada was was given an unprecedented four "Fossil of the Day" awards by the international community. They added :The awards are given to governments taking positions that stall or block the progress of climate negotiations. At the climate talks, the Canadian delegation has failed to take a constructive approach to negotiations - at the same time as the Harper government prorogued Parliament, shutting down debate until next year.
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