It has been a tough two days for Canada. With hoax press releases and leaked federal cabinet documents that suggest Canada is abandoning its own plan to meet GHG cuts in favour of an even weaker one, Canada has won its 7th fossil of the day award, placing it in the lead over all other countries.
This “prize”, given to countries who are blocking progress at the United Nations climate summit, is awarded daily by a coalition of 400 leading international NGOs. Canada won the prize today for apparent leaked cabinet documents from Environment Minister Jim Prentice, that show Canada did not intend to meet its 2020 emissions reduction target.
“The government is lying to Canadians, to negotiators and to the rest of the world,” says Graham Saul from Climate Action Network Canada.
“This government has seldom filled us with hope, but even we expected better than this. It’s time to start writing climate policy for Canadians and the world, not for the tar sands” he said.