By Mick Gregory
So much has changed in four years. No, not more climate warming, and glaciers melting, just more political heat — a lot of it. So politicians have to shut up and talk “green.”
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper once called the Kyoto accord a “socialist scheme” designed to suck money out of rich countries, and not even addressing the fastest growing major polluters in Asia, according to a letter leaked Tuesday to the media by Canada’s Liberal party.
Follow the money. That’s what I’m talking about. It is a socialist plan to raise taxes on developed nations and it’s the rallying cry for our Liberals in the U.S., the Democrats.
The letter was apparently written by Harper in 2002. He was writing to party supporters, asking for money as he prepared to fight then-prime minister Jean Chrétien on the proposed Kyoto accord.
“We’re gearing up now for the biggest struggle our party has faced since you entrusted me with the leadership,” Harper’s letter says. “I’m talking about the ‘battle of Kyoto’ — our campaign to block the job-killing, economy-destroying Kyoto accord.”
The accord is an international environmental pact that sets targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on rich major countries, Australia and the U.S. did not sign it in 1998, when the Clinton administration was in power. The U.S. Senate voted 99-to-1 not to sign Kyoto.