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Oxfam demonstrators wearing masks of the G7 leaders demonstrate for an energy secure world near the EU Council in Brussels on Tuesday. Oxfam says G7 leaders in Brussels can add weight to common sense, by developing an energy security plan that places energy saving, clean, affordable and renewable energy first. Demonstrators from left to right represent: French President Francois Hollande, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Barack Obama, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Hey, how did they get the real Steven Harper of Canada to show up for the photo shoot! He is such an idiot, and a egotist that he just went to get his picture taken.

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Hey, how did they get the real Steven Harper of Canada to show up for the photo shoot! He is such an idiot, and a egotist that he just went to get his picture taken.

No discrimination please, all equal !

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MarkX Hey, how did they get the real Steven Harper of Canada to show up for the photo shoot! He is such an idiot, and a egotist that he just went to get his picture taken.

I take issue to that. Canada's economy under Harper is stronger than ever - financial fundamentals in Canada are solid. That is why he gets re-elected .

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Canada is now the largest contributor to Carbon emmissions than all combined!

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YongYang Canada is now the largest contributor to Carbon emmissions than all combined!

... It helps build credibility if you know your facts before you speak. According to the InternationaL Commission for Carbon Emissions these are the stats published in 2014 :China 26.7 percent; USA 17; EU (27 countries) 13.3; India 6.4; Russia 5.5; Japan 3.7; Germany 2.3; Iran 1.8; South Korea 1.8; Canada 1.5

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haha...for a second there, i thought abe was holding a camera! like the typical image of a j-tourist.

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Those masks are great!

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@semperfi

.. It helps build credibility if you know your facts before you speak. According to the InternationaL Commission for Carbon Emissions these are the stats published in 2014 :China 26.7 percent; USA 17; EU (27 countries) 13.3; India 6.4; Russia 5.5; Japan 3.7; Germany 2.3; Iran 1.8; South Korea 1.8; Canada 1.5

I think what YongYang is getting at is the tar sands oil. Of course Canada is near the bottom of the list since they don't burn it themselves, they sell it to others.

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. M3M3M3 - - - - -The CAUSE of carbon emissions is Not due to the proportion of oil or natural gas reserves a country has. It is due to the burning of FOSSILS Fuels , including coal - for human use: industry, manufacturing, transportation, agricultural production. ................Some countries, like USA, Japan, England,Canada, Australia, etc., have strict pollution control regulations for factories and vehicles and trains and so forth ...................... and also do not use a lot of coal ( which causes the high carbon emissions).................... There are countries that do not have regulations or do not enforce them- and use huge amounts of coal, which is cheap but dirty . . . polluting the air, not to mention causing acid rain, and peculating the toxins into the soil

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Oxfam says G7 leaders in Brussels can add weight to common sense, by developing an energy security plan that places energy saving, clean, affordable and renewable energy first.

"affordable" - that's the problem.

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@Star-viking - Yes. That is important. . . .also, unfortunately, many countries that have the highest pollution rates are not party to these important discussions- - - which effect the lives of everyone o n this planet.

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They should have had Putin off to the side selling new pipelines out of a lemonaid stand.

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Some countries, like USA, Japan, England,Canada, Australia, etc., have strict pollution control regulations for factories and vehicles and trains and so forth ...................... and also do not use a lot of coal ( which causes the high carbon emissions)....................

Surely you meant it behoves USA, Japan etc., to have strict pollution controls to role model and share with the world? The tech claimed to be in use evidently ain't working:

Estimated CO2 emissions per capita (tones) 2012 Australia: 18.8; USA: 16.4; Canada: 16.0; Japan: 10.4; UK: 7.7

China: 7.1; World: 4.4; Brazil: 2.3; India: 1.6

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_carbon_dioxide_emissions#List_of_countries_by_2012_emissions_estimates

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@Semperfi: Stand back, look at the wider picture. Not only is Canada the largest polluter -certainly per capita for ANY nation-- but is pulling up square kms of forest to get at the very thing nature put away to store carbon from the atmosphere.

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.Sense . . Estimated CO2 emissions per capita (tones) 2012 Australia: 18.8; USA: 16.4; Canada: 16.0; Japan: 10.4; UK: 7.7 China: 7.1; World: 4.4; Brazil: 2.3; India: 1.6

Nice way to obfuscate the facts. - Compare Canada's population of 35 million to, for example, China's 1.4 billion . . and anyone with elementary school math can see that per capita ration will be in lower for the country with the exponentially larger pop. . . That notwithstanding , Canada is not the largest carbon emissions producer.

Yongyang: but is pulling up square kms of forest to get at the very thing nature put away to store carbon from the atmosphere

. Canada's wealth is to some degree predicated on PRIMARY industries which are SUSTAINABLE and NON SUSTAINABLE. . . . .Fossil fuels & mineral mining are not sustainable resources . . . However, there are a number of primary industries - such as water, forests, fishing - that are sustainable. . . Canada makes big bucks from these and it is critical that these resources are protected and sustained. ..............The Canadian Gov't has strict measures /regulations in place to ensure that the sustainable industries are protected. PLUS there are clear land management practicalities to ensure the sustainability of natural habitats and forests , balanced vis a vis the interests of non sustainable industries, like mining, fracking, etc. . . . There is no out-right rape of country-side, like in some countries. Trust me. . . .

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Seems that Hollande got a woman's body....

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@Semp: Tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles... Canada now exhibits the economic and political characteristics of a petro-state.

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Spent my school years collecting old coins and stamps for Oxfam, NSPCC, RSPCA too.

One Saturday per month I stood outside our local Post Office with Mrs Edwards, an Old Mother Hubbard type, our trusty Oxfam regulation collection boxes at the ready, chatting to passer-by. On one such Saturday a small team of Oxfam 'collection advisers' greeted Mrs Edwards and I on arrival at Oxfam's local office, and were coached through a '360 give', a monthly credit card donation (Direct Debit), achieve a sign up to one of Oxfam's individual appeals, and finally, recruit to the network of Oxfam campaigners, making the world a greener, safer, fairer place, above all make sure we recited our social message with personal conviction, and our clip board visuals were clearly on display during the whole process. Alas I after 36 years Mrs Edwards politely declined tearfully returning her collection box, I suggested engaging the services of Dick Turpin.

After all the Mrs Edwards of this world, charitable volunteers, were never cut out to be mask wearing demonstrators for Oxfam.

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@Semp: Canada is true to type. When demand for tar sands energy was strong in recent years, investment in Alberta surged. But that demand also lifted the Canadian dollar, which hurt export-oriented manufacturing in Ontario, Canada’s industrial heartland. Then, as the export price of Canadian heavy crude softened in late 2012 and early 2013, the country’s economy stalled. Canada’s record on technical innovation, except in resource extraction, is notoriously poor. Capital and talent flow to the tar sands, while investments in manufacturing productivity and high technology elsewhere languish... QED.

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