Thursday, June 16, 2005

Canada hates the U.S., continued

Canada continues its assault on the United States.
Yahoo News reports that Inuit hunters threatened by a melting of the Arctic ice plan to file a petition accusing Washington of violating their human rights by fueling global warming, an Inuit leader said Wednesday.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), also said Washington was hindering work to follow up a 2004 report by 250 scientists that said the thaw could make the Arctic Ocean ice-free in summer by 2100.
Watt-Cloutier, in Oslo to receive an environmental prize, said the Inuits' planned petition to the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS) could put pressure on the United States to do more to cut industrial emissions of heat-trapping gases.
She said the Inuit aimed to file it before a U.N. meeting in Montreal in December.
The Inuit hope that the commission will agree that climate change is tantamount to a U.S. abuse of their human rights by thinning the ice on which hunters depend and by threatening species ranging from polar bears to seals.
U.N. studies forecast that global warming could bring more extreme weather with disastrous droughts, floods and storms. It could also melt icecaps and drive up sea levels, swamping coastal areas and low-lying islands.
Watt-Cloutier collected the $100,000 Sophie Prize on Wednesday for her work for Inuit rights. She said she would use the prize to help write a book about the Inuit to be entitled: "The Right to be Cold."

Watt-Cloutier happens to be a Canadian government functionary.
Hey, Mr. Ambassador McKenna, sir, you're full of it!