…has changed from “It’s not happening!” to “You first!”, after making a brief stop at “Human’s aren’t responsible!”.
Let me explain “You First!”. “You First!” is the notion that no one group can make an impact alone, so no one group should bother trying until every other group makes the effort. Including, but not restricted to, the group known as Canadians. This new mantra is politically powerful, because it can be used very effectively in the politics of divide-and-conquer. Ontario’s auto manufacturers can’t think about phasing out 6.3 mpg auto designs until Ontario Hydro starts phasing out coal- and oil- generated power. “You First!” Albertan energy giants can’t begin implementing CO2 sequestering technologies until the Siberian energy giants do the same. “You First!”. The Federal Canadian government can’t pass legislation to attempt to meet it’s Kyoto commitments because China and India are continuing to increase their carbon outputs. “You First!” There are numerous examples, I’m sure.
What if nobody goes first?