Thank God for the USA
... to paraphrase dysfunctional Georgia's unofficial motto about dependably last-place neighbor Alabama. According to the David Suzuki Foundatation, at least, our family's adoptive country is barely doing better enviromentally than the Land of the SUV:
OTTAWA -- Canada's environmental performance ranks almost dead last among major industrialized countries, according to a sweeping new study.
The report, prepared by Simon Fraser University and published by the David Suzuki Foundation Tuesday, puts Canada 28th among 30 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.
Turkey, Switzerland and Denmark took top honours, while only Belgium and the United States performed worse than Canada.
I'd be more confortable with this ranking if it weren't for some of the countries that rank ahead of both of us. Like, for instance, Mexico. Said Environment Minister Stephane Dion, "Mexico is 13th . . . Mexico! Would you drink Mexico City water from the tap?"
David Suzuki is something of an icon up here, and made CBC's short list last year of the Greatest Canadians, so I don't know how much credibility to grant this report. Perhaps native Canadian readers can edify us?