Today’s lesson from Team Liberal Media: If the U.S. is doing it—even if they’re doing it better than Canada—then it’s bad.
By David Ljunggren
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Conservative government, which is openly skeptical about the Kyoto climate change protocol, said on Tuesday it backs a breakaway group of six nations that favor a voluntary approach to cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.
So are thousands of climate scientists and our columnist Steve Milloy, but never mind about that. That ain’t liberal!
And here comes the attempted qualifier/marginalizer:
The Conservatives—whose power base is in the energy-rich western province of Alberta—say Canada cannot meet its Kyoto targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Actually, the Conservatives’ power base is all over Canada as far as I can tell. But anyway. Their wording sounds better to liberals. Marginalizes the conservative movement a lot better. Makes them all “cowboyish” ’n stuff. Note that they failed to mention the Liberals’ power base, which is in Toronto. Just Toronto. Well, and Cuba.
Then Team Liberal Media are forced by circumstances to finally talk about the real positive, forward-thinking movement spurred on by some nations like the U.S. —ahhh—there’s the rub—it’s the U.S. That ain’t liberal!
Environment Minister Rona Ambrose said she favors the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, which groups the United States, Australia, Japan, China, India and South Korea. The pact looks at how to develop technologies to reduce emissions rather than having specific reduction targets.
“We’ve been looking at the Asia-Pacific Partnership for a number of months now because the key principles around (it) are very much in line with where our government wants to go,” Ambrose told reporters.
“It’s a very interesting group and I think they’re doing things that we’re very interested in participating in further down the road,” she said after meeting two senior U.S. government officials who deal with the environment.
…and then the ubiquitous anti-American, anti-George Bush liberal-left rhetoric from the only source the liberal media could find in all the world, a left-wing enviro-nut (no, they couldn’t find even one Conservative government or Rona Ambrose supportive comment on the face of the earth, just to balance the story a titch—that wouldn’t be liberal!):
Environmentalists said the comments by Ambrose about the partnership—which is being heavily promoted by Washington—show the Canadian government is not serious about tackling climate change.
“There isn’t anything that will happen because of the partnership. It relies entirely on voluntary action and the hope that industry will come forward,” said John Bennett of the Sierra Club.
“Canada is being enthusiastic about a meaningless public relations stunt by the U.S. government when it should be talking about the importance of working … on a program that has real targets,” he told Reuters.
Team Liberal Media closes by finding the necessity of adding this paragraph:
Last week, a group of 90 top environmental experts wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying that unless he moved quickly to tackle global warming, the country’s economy and quality of life would increasingly suffer.
… but failing to find the necessity of adding a paragraph about the 60 scientists who wrote to Mr. Harper a couple of weeks ago telling him that Kyoto is bunk.
They report, you decide! Of course they only tell you the left-wing slant, and leave you to decide based on that. But whatever! That’s liberal!
Tomorrow’s lesson: Bush sux!