Canada Wins Dubious Honour at the UN Climate Change Conference

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For the second time in as many years, Canada has been chosen as the most uncooperative nation at the 2008  United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland. Since 1999, the Climate Action Network (CAN), has been distributing “Fossil-of-the-Day Awards” to the country who is most active in “blocking, stalling or undermining” the UN Climate Change negotiations.  As the recipient of 21 prizes, Canada outclassed both the U.S. and Japan –  the perennial favourites in the international race-to-the-bottom concerning the reduction of CO2 emissions.

This December, Canada received “awards” for ordering the Secretariat to tear down a photo presentation on the Alberta Tar Sands; for hypocrisy concerning its alleged support for wind energy; and for citing its cold climate and large size as two reasons for its failure to reduce emissions.