4RG has on several occasions pointed out that public attitudes towards climate change are different as between Europe and North America.
Standard & Poors is a credit agency that assesses the financial stability of governments, banks, corporations, insurers etc. A recent report from S & P on Sovereign Risk throws some light why there should be this difference in attitude.
The S & P report classifies the United States and Canada as among the least vulnerable countries to the risks of climate change. The report connects this relative invulnerability with national prosperity, reinforcing what has been stated many times:
“Sovereign [states] will probably be unevenly affected by climate change, with poorer and lower rated sovereigns typically hit hardest . . . ,”
Canadians intuitively share this conclusion. As a wealthy nation we don’t have to worry as much.
What’s more, as a Northern Hemisphere country well away from the hot spots of our planet, Canada will naturally survive better than other countries.
North Americans also believe that we are resourceful and can handle whatever a changing climate can throw at us. A pragmatic assessment . . . but certainly not a moral viewpoint.
Contrast that national attitude with European countries that will also be least impacted by climate change. A majority of voters in those countries support measures that protect the most vulnerable nations on the planet.
Canada should follow the lead of these European countries.