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FROM TEXAS TO QATAR, U.S. DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT THE PLANET 

 

British Columbia protests tar sands oil by Tar Sands Blockade

   By William Boardman   Email address removed     

In East Texas, members of the Tar Sands Blockade started their eleventh week of opposition to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline with a new act of civil disobedience against the onrush of global warming, sealing themselves inside a mile-long segment of the pipeline itself. 

In Doha, Qatar, other protestors at the U.N. World Climate Conference found themselves in just as dark and unyielding a metaphorical tunnel: the mindset of the globally powerful who appear unwilling to act to mitigate the human suffering they're already perpetrating on millions of the less powerful people around the world. 

In Texas and Qatar alike, the role of the United States government is to stand aside as if helpless, while covertly, and not so covertly, encouraging the forces driving the plant's temperature to lethal levels.   At the climate conference, the U.S. was sharply criticized for failing to take the lead on planet protection, especially in light of its standing as the world's worst polluter. 

Among the top 20 developed countries, only one -- Japan -- spends more on fighting climate change than on subsidizing fossil fuels.  The country most out of balance is the United States.  The U.S. has pledged about $300,000 million -- half of Japan's amount -- for mitigating climate change.  The U.S. spends about four times as much -- $1.2 billion -- subsidizing oil, coal, gas, and other fossil fuels. 

   Canada Was Once a Leader, Now It Has Shale Oil

Canada, home of the tar sands oil shale that scientists say may spell "game over" for the climate, also came in for condemnation in Doha.  Celine Charveriat, director of advocacy and campaigns for Oxfam International, called Canada a major villain for  blocking progress at the conference: 

"Once again, rich industrialised nations are putting nothing on the table in terms of increased emissions cuts and financial support for poor nations. 

Governments found trillions of dollars to bail out the financial sector. This is a far greater crisis". 

Canada has become rich and prosperous from its huge fossil fuel industry. And here they are offering absolutely nothing to pay for their pollution of the atmosphere". 

What has gone wrong in Canada? They used to be a leader.

Now they are one of the worst laggards, down at the bottom with the U.S." 

In June 2012, President Obama expedited permits for TransCanada to begin construction of the southern leg of Keystone XL pipeline through Texas, where Tar Sands Blockaders have been resisting since August.  In January, the President had put the whole pipeline on hold to allow for timely review, after Congress tried to rush the decision, which is now expected in early 2013. 

Canada recently announced that it would break its commitment to controlling global warming and would not try to meet its commitment to lower greenhouse gasses, as it promised when it was one of 191 countries signing the Kyoto Protocol of 1997.  

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I will tell you what happened to Canada.  Our... by RunningBecky on Friday, Dec 7, 2012 at 2:05:57 PM
Is the same as the US problem, it's been hijacked ... by Sister Begonia on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 at 11:00:23 AM
Yes Sister, I agree. With dual citizenship I have... by RunningBecky on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 at 10:35:56 PM
Over the years, I've heard many people say that, i... by Michael Rose on Sunday, Dec 9, 2012 at 11:34:51 PM
See Perspectives at http://www.aesopinstitute.org ... by Mark Goldes on Friday, Dec 7, 2012 at 4:52:45 PM
The decision on Keystone will give us a clear read... by William Boardman on Friday, Dec 7, 2012 at 7:25:58 PM
What climate change?  In the US we don't beli... by Sister Begonia on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 at 10:58:32 AM
I wish I had confidence that Obama would save the ... by Kim Cassidy on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 at 2:10:35 PM
There are still those who believe in global warmin... by sherry clark on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 at 7:30:59 PM
poor people believe in global warming because... by William Boardman on Sunday, Dec 9, 2012 at 11:06:13 AM
Leaving aside questions about pipelines and other ... by Roger Stritmatter on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 6:44:05 AM
1.  Ignoring local environmental concerns isn... by William Boardman on Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 10:53:23 AM
The idea that the World Bank is an unlikely member... by terrilian on Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 2:45:46 PM
do not qualify as evidence.  Do you have any ... by William Boardman on Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 3:34:35 PM
I'm having trouble believing that you don't alread... by terrilian on Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 3:06:03 PM
from Ken Newcombe's resume at C-Quest Capital: "Be... by terrilian on Friday, Jan 4, 2013 at 3:40:17 PM