Do as we say, not as we do.

Steve Janke at Angry in the Great White North points out today that the former Liberal government of Canada knew when they signed on to the Kyoto Accord that its targets were unachievable. And according to the Toronto Star that comes direct from one of the Prime Minister’s senior advisors:

The previous Liberal government ratified the Kyoto Protocol knowing Canada wasn’t ready to take the tough measures needed to address climate change and would likely miss the deadlines for reducing emissions, says a top adviser to former prime minister Jean Chrétien.

Eddie Goldenberg said in a speech today that the Chrétien government nevertheless signed and ratified the international pact because it was an "absolutely necessary" first step in galvanizing public opinion to meet the global warming challenge

So even though they know that the targets couldn’t be achieved almost 10 years ago, let alone now, they still had no problem passing a law forcing the current government to meet targets they never had any intention of meeting.

Read Steve’s complete post. It provides a lot more interesting information such as how the targets were set to make the Prime Minister look good:

It was important for Jean Chretien to be seen as an environmental leader. So despite the secret memo warning of serious political problems he gave the order to commit Canada to emissions to 6% below 1990 levels. Wilkinson remembers, "Everyone was surprised that we had a number that moved us on a path to meaningful reductions. Some people in the room were ecstatic, others shocked and concerned." Insiders say the decision had less to do with science or economics, than the with the Prime Minister’s desire to be keeping up with the US.

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