Environmental groups from around the world expressed their unhappiness with Canada by presenting the country with the first-place Fossil of the Day award on the third day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
It’s the third time in as many days that Canada has received a Fossil, a dubious honour reserved for countries that do the most to delay and disrupt negotiations toward a global agreement on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
“Canada and Croatia share first for pushing in a Kyoto Protocol contact group against the 1990 base year,” the Climate Action Network stated in a post today (December 9) on the Fossil of the Day Web site. “Canada in particular has been relentlessly opposed to measuring emissions in relation to the internationally accepted base year of 1990, in favor of–as a senior negotiator put it in a stakeholder meeting–a “more contemporary” base year. Could Canada’s desire to erase the past have something to do with fact that tar sands emissions have more than doubled from 1990 to now? Or is it just an effort to make its tiny little 3% target look a bit bigger?”
Today’s second-place Fossil went to Russia.
On Tuesday (December 8), Canada was featured in a group of non-European Union industrialized countries that took second place in the Fossil of the Day awards. That group also included Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and Australia.
Canada received the 3rd-place Fossil on Monday (December 9), the opening day of the Copenhagen conference, also known as COP15.
The country was named Fossil of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
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