"As an Arctic nation, Canada profoundly understands the climate and public health benefits of reducing short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon and methane," said Minister Aglukkaq. "I look forward to meeting with my international colleagues to advance the collective efforts of the CCAC."
Canada's North is especially sensitive to the effects of black carbon as there is an additional warming effect when deposited onto snow and ice. Reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants is an integral part of Canada's broader climate change and clean air agenda, and the Arctic Council program during Canada's chairmanship.
It's not that this is a bad idea. It's a good idea. It should not, however, be an excuse to put off tackling the real problem: bringing down CO2 emissions. Which is what I suspect the Harper regime sees it as. Nice to know, however, that Minister Aglukkaq is actually capable of speech.