Monday, December 7, 2009

Fossil of the Day

 Every day, at 6 PM, the Climate Action Network announces the "Fossil of the Day" award.  I won't be posting these every day, but you can check yourself at

Here's the first *winner* ...

A first day fossil for Canada
Canada wins for an unwillingness to negotiate at negotiations
For Immediate Release 
December 7th 2009
(Copenhagen, Denmark) Canada has been awarded a Fossil of the Day on the first day of negotiations at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. 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 garnered today’s award for its unwavering commitment to stand firm in its inaction throughout these negotiations. At a speech in Montreal on Friday, Environment Minister Jim Prentice said that he “wont be swayed by the Copenhagen hype.”
But if there’s one country on the face of this planet that desperately needs to be swayed, it’s Canada. Since announcing its emissions target in 2007 of reducing GHG emissions by 20% below the 2006 emission level (equivalent to 3 % below the 1990 level), the Harper government has consistently refused to adopt any regulatory framework to start reducing emissions, namely form the rapidly growing sector of tar sands. “So not only do they have the worst records of all industrialised countries, they’re now saying they are going to stick to it,” said Steven Guilbeault from Equiterre. “Someone needs to remind the Canadian government that at negotiations, it is indeed necessary to negotiate.”
“This is a day that I would not have seen coming, the day that South Africa has a more ambitious target than the province of Alberta, whose emissions continue to rise thanks to dirty oil,” says Richard Worthington from WWF South Africa. South Africa just adopted a target of reducing its emissions intensity by 34% below business-as-usual levels in 2020; Alberta’s target for 2020 is equivalent to a cut of about 15-20% below business-as-usual.
Canada has swept these awards, winning Fossil of the Year both in 2007 and 2008. Let’s hope that Canada has had enough of winning Fossil prizes and is ready to negotiate.

Fossil of the Day will be presented daily in Copenhagen from a network of over 400 leading international non-governmental organizations following a vote to determine which country had done the most over the course of the day to delay, stall, and otherwise disrupt this crucial negotiating sessions in Copenhagen in December.


  1. I've got a question for you. Have the "Climategate" revelations changed your attitude about the Copenhagen summit at all? Do you still have the same starry-eyed worship for these climate change scientists you're rubbing elbows with? I'd really like to know.

    Jason A. Trommetter
    Moravian Class of '89

  2. Leading scientists presented the most recent research findings about climate change, including Robert Correll, CAI and Stein Sandven, Nansen Centre. The first questions they were asked was about "Climategate." Their response was simple: 1) if any data was manipulated, then that would not be tolerated by the scientific community (and they doubt that is the case) and 2) even if you took all of the data in question out of the picture, it's only a small piece. There are hundreds of independent research projects worldwide, and the evidence of climate change is overwhelming.

    The view of these two scientists, unfortunately, is that we are likely looking at a 3 degree Celsius change at this point.