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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Missing CO2 targets
The BBC reports that the United Kingdom is missing its self-imposed 20% cut in CO2 emissions although it is expected to reach its Kyoto obligations. (The 20% cut exceeds what Kyoto requires.) This is in marked difference to Canada which simply never tried to meet its Kyoto obligations while lecturing the rest of the world (read: our American neighbours) about the imminent need to sign onto the greenhouse gas limiting protocol.
Reacting to the news that the UK will miss its reduction targets, Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said (in the words of the BBC) that "people had a moral responsibility to change lifestyles in order to curb global warming." How come the only moral responsibilities Anglican bishops ever seem to remind the flock about coincide with liberal politics?
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Tell me: how closely do you follow the Church of England? I can absolutely guarantee you that the Archbishop of Canterbury hands down many moral directives to his flock. Both the Anglicans and the Catholic Church are strong environmental advocates... they've been that way for a long time. But they're strong advocates on many other issues, too. Don't muddle the issues.
Posted by: someone | 2006-03-28 9:12:30 PM
And Churches in general, especially state churches like CoE, frequently speaks as to please the King.
Posted by: Johan i Kanada | 2006-03-28 9:22:26 PM
Here's another left-lib koolaid drinking bishop dis'n Ralph Klien and his health care plans - oh wait I think he's Catholic
Posted by: Nbob | 2006-03-28 9:59:09 PM
The amount of institutionalized guilt and handwringing in Britain over CO2 and climate change would astound most North Americans. I was there a few months ago, and it seemed that every newscast had a fearful mention of climate change in some story or another. Prince Charles was telling every farmer to get off his tractor and do more farming by hand. Right, Prince. You first.
Posted by: Halfwise | 2006-03-28 10:07:00 PM
Ignoring the Kyoto regulatory regime is the right thing to do, but being blatant hypocrites with regards to Kyoto - the policy of the Liberal Party - was just plain stupid in the long run, perhaps the Party knew they would get turfed out because of all their corruption anyhow.
Liberals never thought beyond the soundbite and now Canadians are stuck with looking like the biggest hypocrites on the planet. Kyoto is a ruinous regulatory regime that we could never live up to, real leaders that cared about the country, and not simply the next public opinion poll, would have never signed on to Kyoto.
Posted by: infidel | 2006-03-29 1:05:54 AM
"How come the only moral responsibilities Anglican bishops ever seem to remind the flock about coincide with liberal politics?"
We only hear about the ones that coincide with liberal politics through the main stream media. The rest aren't important enough for the BBC to mention.
John M Reynolds
Posted by: jmrSudbury | 2006-03-29 7:12:35 AM
Spot on infidel. I think the people who supported Maurice Strong's Kyoto Protocol and voted for the parties that agreed do look like hypocrits.
Has anyone seen the Canadian government Kyoto implementation plan?
All I can find is that the Liberals have trown some money in the general direction of a 'Climate Change Plan' but no implementation strategy.
Posted by: Speller | 2006-03-29 9:39:34 AM
I really tried to sit on my typing hands, but I can no longer contain myself. Don't get me wrong, I am very fond of the UK: it is like a second home to me. I have lived there for a total of five years: three years in Gosport, England 1989 -1992 and two years 2000-2002 in Helensburg, Scotland, and throughout my career of 29 years, I have spent as much time, on and off, on that side of the pond as here. To be frank, the UK pollution record - before Kyoto - lagged years behind Canada, and it was abominable: you could watch raw sewage freely flowing 25 meters from public swimming beaches down in Gosport and Portsmouth; the Clyde River, up near Glasgow Scotland, stank to high heavens and is littered like a garbage dump (although, they have just recently started to clean it up); cars used leaded gas up into the 1990s; homes are poorly insulated; and, many people burn garbage, coal, and wood for heat. Needless to say, the UK record is so bad, that they really had to do little, as far a Kyoto is concerned, to get vast improvements.
Posted by: Danny | 2006-03-29 9:56:03 AM
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