PM Gets Greenpeaced

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Written by Scott Gilbert

Last Monday, five Greenpeace sponsored activists took to 24 Sussex Drive – the home of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and chained themselves to the gate in protest of Harper’s environmental policy, particularly with respect to the Kyoto Protocol.

The group carried signs with slogans like “Climate Criminal” and affixed themselves to the gates using bicycle locks in order to put him under "house arrest for climate crimes." They remained there for about three hours until the RCMP arrived to arrest them.

"By abandoning Kyoto, the Harper government is undermining international efforts to curtail emissions and exposing millions of people to the dangerous impacts of climate change," said Greenpeace Canada energy coordinator Dave Martin in a prepared statement.

To get a sense of what the group what protesting, it is interesting to look at the raw data. The Kyoto Protocol, of which Canada is a signatory, calls for Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emission to six per cent below 1990 levels by 2012. We currently stand at 26.6 per cent above 1990 levels, with not much time left. Harper has continued to shrug off calls for immediate action on the issue, and argues that making the changes that environmental groups are demanding would be devastating to the economy. Harper’s current plan allows for emissions to increase steadily until 2020, when emissions will begin to be tackled, using a 45-50 per cent reduction target for 2050 (from 2003 levels).

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