Are they for real?

14 Dec

After claiming that a 3% emissions reductions from 1990 level was comparable and ambitious, the Canadian delegation issued a press release today claiming that they have been working on a plan, “Agenda 2020”. The new plan rises the original targets to a 40% reductions from 1990 levels by 2020 and at least an 80% reduction by 2050. A significant turn around from Canada’s original position.
In addition, Canada has also committed to a new instrument, known as the “Climate Debt Mechanism” (CDM). Canada has now committed to the much-needed funding to those developing countries facing the most dire consequences of climate change. CDM payments will begin with 1% and rise to the equivalent of 5% of Canada’s GDP annually by 2030.

UNFORTUNATELY…..this was a fake. The Government of Canada released a press release stating a spoof press release targeted Canada in order to generate hurtful rumors and mislead the Conference of Parties on Canada’s positions on climate change, and to damage Canada’s standing with the international business community.

The spoof release, from “press@enviro-canada.ca,” alleges Canada’s acceptance of unrealistic emissions-reduction targets, as well as a so-called “Climate Debt Mechanism,” a bilateral agreement between Canada and Africa to furnish that continent with enormous sums in “reparation” for climate damage and to “offset” adaptation.

When reading through this sequence of press releases, we all though “oh my god! Is Canada for real? I can’t believe they would be setting such high targets after advocating for the tar sands and their “ambitious” 3% reductions targets”. After reading the second press release, actually by Environment Canada, it felt like it was somewhat expected to be a hoax.

Fake Press release:
http://enviro-canada.ca/agenda2020

Real Environment Canada release:
http://www.ec-gc.ca/default.asp_lang=En_n=714D9AAE-1_news=C95709A4-2BD6-4245-B709-B9B2935CEE56

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3 Responses to “Are they for real?”

  1. William December 14, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Are you sure you’ve untangled this highly amusing web of fakery yet? The “real environment canada release” is on the http://www.ec-gc.ca domain and links to some of the other fake sites without seeming to realize that they were faked. However, the environement Canada domain that comes up first on google and seems to be a functional site is http://www.ec.gc.ca (and doesn’t seem to have released anything on this yet – although it would be a good candidate for one of the newfangled Hot Air Awards).

  2. Marion December 15, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    This fake press release reminds me of a quote I heard from Evan Dyer from CBC Radio Ottawa…it goes like this: “A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still putting on its pants.”

  3. RenaissanceMan December 15, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Apparently this is all the doings of The Yes Men. Their goal is to “highlight the most powerful nations’ obstruction of meaningful progress in Copenhagen, to push for just climate debt reparations, and to call out Canada in particular for its terrible climate policy.”

    http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/national/article/65919–hoaxers-hint-they-re-not-through-picking-on-canada

    There were three phoney news releases, even the ones criticizing the first as a fake.

    http://theyesmen.org/canada

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