Harper and Bush fought tooth and nail at the Bali conference to block any agreement that included language calling for significant and measurable reductions in emissions as a part of the next agreement. Their argument is that significant action on climate change would ruin our economies.
There are many reasons that doesn't resonate with me. Foremost among these is the benefit to our economies from bringing new products to market to address the challenges associated with climate change. I'm not the only one. High tech venture capitalists like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Braemar Energy Ventures, Khosla Ventures and others are pumping money into Cleantech ventures. Why? Well these guys aren't motivated by altruism so you've got to think that there is some money to be made here.
While we do have VC's in Canada focusing on Cleantech, such as Ventures West, Chrysalix and Investeco, Canadian VCs tend to be more risk averse. So I can't understand why Harper isn't implementing policy to motivate investors to put more money into this fast emerging market. Unless that is that they're just too beholden to the oil lobby, just like their friend Bush is. Either that or they need another Tim Horton's drive-through in their neighbourhood.