On fossils and rainforests…

Our very own Canadian Minister Responsible for the Environment, Rona Ambrose, has received the Fossil of the Day Award at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. From Canada.com:

Mike De Souza, CanWest News Service

Published: Monday, November 13, 2006

NAIROBI, KENYA — Environmental groups, federal opposition parties, and an official Quebec government delegation have cooked up a rude welcome for Environment Minister Rona Ambrose at the United Nations climate change conference.

Ambrose, who is scheduled to arrive late on Monday night, earned a “fossil of the day” award for comments made last week about Canada’s position on the international Kyoto agreement on climate change.

The awards are handed out on a daily basis by international environmental groups to countries that they believe are heading in the wrong direction.

“Tied for first place, Canada and Australia are both found guilty for making ridiculous claims to the press of their countries and for misleading the public,” Greenpeace Canada spokesperson Steven Guilbeault said on Monday. “Even more humourous is that Rona Ambrose, the Environment Minister was quoted in Canadian press saying that Canada is meeting all of its responsibilities under the Kyoto protocol, except for the bit about emissions targets.”

Perhaps the international pressure will help to correct the deep flaws in Ambrose’s Clean Air Act.  Of course, were Rona to sever her ties to big oil and gas in Alberta, it might make it easier to make some real change on climate change.  But that might mean disowning her father:

Most Canadians are probably unaware that Ambrose is the daughter of a former oil company executive. In fact, she speaks fluent Portuguese as a result of living in Brazil as a child as her father helped to exploit Brazilian oil reserves.

Brazil?  Hmm…  Amazon?


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