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Limbaugh loves Harper's Kyoto letter

[PoliticsWatch updated 12:45 p.m., February 1, 2007]

Popular U.S. talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

OTTAWA  — Prime Minister Stephen Harper's 2002 letter lambasting the Kyoto protocol was a hot topic on U.S. talk radio on Wednesday. 

Rush Limbaugh, the most prominent and listened to conservative American talk radio host, showcased Harper's letter on his radio program. 

> Read the 2002 Harper letter (PDF)

Limbaugh led off his regular feature mocking global warming -- "The Global Warming Stack" -- by reading on air most of the CBC News report on the Liberals releasing Harper's 2002 Canadian Alliance fundraising letter letter in which he called Kyoto a "socialistic scheme."

The prime minister has come under attack for two straight days in the House of Commons over the letter, in which he also questions the scientific evidence of climate change, calling it "tentative and contradictory." 

With polls showing the environment is now the top issue for Canadian voters, the Conservative government have gone to great lengths this year to improve their image on climate change, including shuffling cabinet ministers and announcing $2 billion in new funding for programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

During question period Wednesday, Harper tried to deflect Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's allegations that he is a "climate-change denier," by saying "this government has made it clear in the election campaign and since that we accept the science and that is why we are acting."

However, Limbaugh likes the old Harper better. 

"He's right," said Limbaugh after reading much of Harper's predictions that Kyoto would transfer wealth from rich nations to poorer ones and kill Canadian jobs. "And now he's the prime minister of Canada." 

The Liberals released Harper's 2002 Kyoto letter in response to a new series of Conservative television ads questioning Dion and the Liberals poor record in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while in government. 

For maximum impact, the Tories have reportedly purchased air time for the attack ads on the Canadian broadcast of this weekend's Super Bowl, which is estimated to have an audience of 4 million viewers. 

However, the Liberals' Kyoto letter is getting plenty of earned media coverage in Canada and now the U.S.

The Rush Limbaugh Show has an average weekly audience of 13.5 million listeners, according to Arbitron ratings. 

The popular Drudge Report web site, which has an estimated 15 million daily visitors, also prominently displayed a headline linking to the CBC story about the letter on Wednesday. 

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> Harper- Kyoto critic or "climate change denier" 

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