|Harper's only LIFESKILL|
Despite being fellow conservatives, the two are better known for their differences than for their similarities.
Harper is the world's best known climate denying leader --- a man willing to slash and burn his way through Canada's scientific community to get his way.
Frankly, because Harper has never held a real job - never held a job that might involve technology, so he simply doesn't get this 'science thing'.
All his jobs have required him to display his considerable skills in ideology and rhetoric.
Just don't expect him to know how to change a tire, a diaper or boil an egg : don't expect him to knowingly engage real life.
Quantum scientist versus a guy who has never held a real job
Merkel knows enough science to know she - and humanity - actually knows very little with any great certainty.
She accepts that current climate science is our best current take on complex climate changes and she is always willing to throw in more money to let the climate scientists get better takes on reality.
As a result, she is number one in credibility among the world's scientists when she speaks up publicly in favour of the reality of climate change, as she does frequently.
Harper thinks we have had all the answers since the days of Newton, Dalton and Darwin and we should have shut off the research money tap on Jan 1 1900.
So when they try and talk in private, sparks fly and heat is given off but neither bends the other's mind.
Too bad that instead of cutting the ice loss over the Arctic, all these talks will do is raise tempers and temperatures and so MELT more arctic ice.....