Climate Change? Canada Scoffs

Climate Change? Canada Scoffs

So the G8's latest climate change deal is a steaming pile of crap. Canada, the United States, Japan, Russia, Britain, Italy, Germany and France have agreed to try to halve worldwide emissions by 2050. I mean, hey guys, let's not knock ourselves out, right? By 2050 aliens will have arrived with their superior technology to help us out of this jam, surely!

Antonio Hill, spokesperson for Oxfam International, had this to say: “At this rate, by 2050 the world will be cooked and the G8 leaders will be long forgotten. Rather than a breakthrough, the G8’s announcement on 2050 is another stalling tactic that does nothing to lower the risk faced by millions of poor people right now.”

Why no mention of the aliens, Antonio? Gah, what's with the negativity?

Anyway, Canadians don't have anything to worry about because our nation topped the list of countries best equipped to endure climate change in a recent British study.

Andy Thow, one of the report's authors, says that Canada “scores well across all aspects of the index. This is because of the low pressure on natural resources resulting from a low population density and large land area, combined with high agricultural capacity, a healthy economy, few development and health challenges and excellent public institutions.”

Hmm, maybe this explains Stephen Harper's underwhelming dedication to battling climate change. We're sitting pretty up here. All you poorer nations can just wait for that alien rescue ship (it's on its way, really!)—us, we're going to sit back and enjoy some cool ones by the lake. It's *so* nice this time of year.

Bush and Harper at the G8 summit in Toyako, Japan.
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