U.S.-China climate deal

U.S.-China climate deal puts pressure on Canada
Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA – Canadian policy-makers can expect to come under intense pressure now that the United States and China have reached a ground-breaking agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
The deal, announced in Beijing, would double annual the rate at which the U.S. is reducing its emissions and, by 2025, cut emissions to 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels.
China, meanwhile, says 20 per cent of its energy will come from zero-emission sources by 2030, the year the country has promised its greenhouse gas emissions will peak. It’s the first time China has agreed to cap emissions.
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The Conservative government in Ottawa has long argued that curbing Canada’s relatively paltry emissions on the global scale was not a priority when major emitters such as China were unwilling to act.
“That excuse of ‘why should others do something when the two largest emitters in the world are not,’ that argument is seriously undermined today,” David McLaughlin, the former head of the federal Round Table on the Environment and Economy, said in an interview.
“It puts real pressure on Canada to up its climate game.”
Regulation of the oil and gas sector has been promised – and delayed – for years, even as Canada falls well behind on its international commitment to cut emissions 17 per cent below 2005 levels by the year 2020. The Americans have the same 2020 target and were on track to meet it before President Barack Obama announced the new, more aggressive goal.
“The bedrock of Canadian climate policy is aligning and going in lockstep with the United States,” said McLaughlin. “That only works when the United States is moving at a pace that we can keep up.”
Now the U.S. is leaping ahead.
A spokesman for Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Canada “is taking decisive action” on curbing emissions but did not dispute the country will miss its 2020 international commitment under the Copenhagen accord.
In 2012, the last year for which the government has data, emissions were 5.1 per cent below 2005 levels, Ted Laking said in an email.
“With respect to oil and gas regulations, this is a continental issue that needs a North American solution,” said Laking. “We will continue to work with the United States on reducing GHG emissions for the oil and gas sector.”
Environmental groups say Canada has run out of excuses and can no longer hold up the fig leaf of economic competitiveness with its dominant trading partner.
“This move by the world’s two largest polluters takes away the Harper government’s main excuse for their inaction on climate change,” said Keith Stewart, Greenpeace Canada energy researcher.
“If our government continues to act as a cheerleader for the global oil industry, Canada risks being left behind politically and economically as the rest of the world steps up the fight against climate change by moving on to cleaner energy.”
China’s promise to move to a 20 per cent mix of zero-emissions energy is the economic hinge in the agreement, said Alex Wood of Sustainable Prosperity.
“When you’re talking about building at the kind of scale anything involving China requires, there will be lots of money to be made by those with solutions to offer,” Wood said in interview.
“It’s basically going to turbocharge the whole clean-energy sector. Where are we on that? We’re not part of that conversation.”
The China-U.S. deal comes the same day the International Energy Agency released its annual World Energy Outlook.
The report noted that global fossil fuel subsidies totalled about $550 billion in 2013, while subsidies for renewables hit $120 billion.
It projects global oil demand will peak by 2040 and that there will be huge demand for renewables that will be difficult to meet.
“A well-supplied oil market in the short-term should not disguise the challenges that lie ahead, as the world is set to rely more heavily on a relatively small number of producing countries,” said IEA chief economist Fatih Birol.
And that reality, for a Canadian prime minister whose political base is in the oil-producing West, explains the differing rhetoric between Harper and Obama.
“It shows what’s possible when we work together on an urgent global challenge,” Obama said of the China agreement Wednesday in Beijing.
Harper, during a visit to Ottawa by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot in June, struck a far different tone.
“No country is going to undertake action on climate, no matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country,” said Harper.
“We are just a little more frank about that, but that is the approach that every country is seeking.”

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I challenge anyone to explain how this is a good deal.

In short the U.S. agrees to reduce CO2 emissions even more by 2025 while China intends to increase CO2 emissions until 2030.

do you hear that sound?

It’s the Chinese laughing.

It’s all for show folks. Pay attention.

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Never a positive idea comes from Michael .

I never have seen any one with such a defeatist attitude on every thing .

[FONT=Times New Roman]Whats it like being a boor?
Whats it like being a loner?
Whats it like to be bitter?
Whats it like being a shut-in?

These are not good traits maybe you should get outside help and you might gain the respect you so desperately are seeking.
God has abandoned you and made you what you are. I pity you having to go through life in the manner in which you do.

Oh and Michael you stating you are not a liar is not true. You are a liar, you are breaching the forum rules, knowingly and with abandon. You are not upholding the rules you say you subscribe to. That makes you a liar doesn’t it?

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It is amazing that there is not a better word in English than know-it-all or smarty pants for such a ubiquitous personality type. Why is it not possible to describe such a person without sounding like a nine-year-old?[/FONT]

What’s it like being wrong so often Roy?

You posted a story.
I clearly refuted it and offered my analysis.

You didn’t like and started hurling again.

Do you have any of your own opinions or is cut and paste the only thing you know how to do?

Debate is healthy.

Playing dicktator is not.

The only one breaking the rules here is you Roy.

I have not lied about you a single time.

You know that is true.

The sick person who says I do not lie ( but does frequently tell lies ) always shadows me and challenges my post.

Name a single lie I have told about you Roy.

Surely if you are going to claim someone is a liar you can prove it.

If you want to go unchallenged, create a MB that you control and stop whining about me.

Crazy old man for sure.:roll::roll:

For once I agree with Michael ( I have not lied about you a single time. ) Yep He constantly tells lies and then says what a great honourable person he is .

Thanks Michael for finally telling the truth for once .**Very Nice to see

Please share your list Roy or where you lying again?

You might find this interesting if you can understand it.

I hope you get better soon.

It would be a shame for you to remain so bitter the rest of your life.

This is fantastic two posts in a row where Michael admits to being a liar
( Name a single lie I have told about you ) there have been many lies .
Never thought I would see the day Michael admit to this .
Thanks Michael nice to see you might be finally growing up and start telling the truth .
Did you see the light last night telling you to try and improve your self?

Roy is dancing.

Anyone can see it.

He can’t post a lie I have told about him because he knows they do not exist.

We lead a great help all life and Life treats us very well thanks .
You can try as much as you want and we will never get down to the destructive low life you lead.
Hope my posts help you to improve and get over you bitter ways soon.
All the best… Roy

Roy has never refuted anything I have said about him.

He knows this.

His Modus operandi is to bully others.

You are watching here right now.

Its best to ignore him.

I’ll stand my ground.

He knows I don’t back down from his bullying.

I really do hope Roy gets better.

Most can see he needs much help.

Does insurance cover mental health in Canada?

Strange how quick this Michael attacks my post he has a life to make sure he follows Roy and tries to show how smart Michael is .
.Fortunately he shows all he is a failure he needs Roy’s post to try and get attention.
The beauty is my posts on the Open Canadian site is looked at by Many some must be possible clients of Michael .
Michael can not see how he is loosing Inspections from the public that comes to get ideas about home Inspection .
He should Google Michael Larson the home Inspector and see what come up.

Sorry if that disappoints you Roy.

Telling the truth is not one of your character qualities. :frowning:

This for you.
You should print it of and hang it in your office

i want roy and everyone to go look at roy’s first post in this thread.

Do you see anything except a cut and paste in toto from copyrighted material? NOPE

do you see any opinion or analysis from Roy. NOPE

Now ask why is Roy posting this crap?