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Is the earth really cooling? Harper stays cool

The latest headlines report that the largest amount of snow in five decades has fallen on the Alps as of mid November; Buenos Aires has recorded its lowest temperature for November in 90 years; the Arctic continues to restore its lost ice at a rapid pace; Antarctic ice is growing.

At the recent Commonwealth meeting in Uganda, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper coolly refused to be bullied into agreeing on Kyoto, and defied the other ministers. It may be that Harper is using the goal of unanimity to wreck Kyoto. It may be he really believes that every country on earth should be signed on. Why should only some of them experience economic pain?

KAMPALA, Uganda The prime minister characterized the landmark climate change deal as a flawed document and served notice that Canada will not support any new international treaty that carries its fatal flaw.

Harper said the key error of Kyoto was slapping binding targets on three-dozen countries but not the rest, including some of the world's biggest polluters like the United States, China and India.

One of the reasons these three countries have avoided binding targets is that it would adversely affect their economies. One hopes that forecasters, never very reliable on a day to day basis, are correctly predicting the next forty years. It would be a pity to find the countries of the world in an economic tailspin because strict controls were imposed, only to find that the earth was cooling down. Lord Monckton is one of those skeptical of global warming.

Europe appears prepared to honour Kyoto only in communiques. Despite having signed Kyoto, no European country has reduced carbon emissions. The only country that did, in 2006, was the United States.

We await developments, and will let you know how good the skiing is.