Canada is on a race “to destroy the environment as fast as possible,” said noted linguist and intellectual Noam Chomsky in an interview with the Guardian published Friday.
Chomsky took aim at the conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, which has pushed for increased exploitation of the tar sands, muzzled federal scientists, championed theKeystone XL pipeline and gutted environmental protections.
Canada ranks almost at the bottom of the Climate Change Performance Index, a highly reputable scientific report on the contribution to global warming of countries around the globe.
The report shows that Canada is one of the world’s ten largest carbon dioxide emitters.
That may not be surprising, given the size of the Canadian economy and Canada’s geography and climate.
Canada’s share of global emissions — 1.58 per cent — puts this country in tenth place. And so there are nine bigger emitters than us.
But Canada’s performance is really much worse than that tenth place indicates.
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