Did you know there is going to be an official plan on how Canada will achieve its climate target for 2030? We would probably feel more encouraged by this if the federal climate commissioner had not complained the other day that Canada has not achieved a single target, it set for itself, since 1992. And since 2030 is not far away, what are we going to promise now?
It seems our government doesn’t know. That’s right. Rather than cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions, they increased in Canada between 1990 and 2019 by 21 per cent. During the governments of the Chrétien liberals, the Harper conservatives and the Trudeau liberals, they have not only missed their targets, they increased the problem.
So, who is going to trust them to set a target for 2030?
They have a solution for that. It seems, we are going to tell them what that target should be. The Trudeau liberals are going delay their legal commitment to have a plan in place by the end of December 2021. They are delaying it by three months so that Canadians can tell them what to do with Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030.
No doubt, you share with me some skepticism about this solution. I am sure you also share some doubts about the appropriateness of some of the answers the government will get.
And I am not that impressed with the Alberta tar sands people who are planning to stuff all that bad stuff back down into the earth so we can stop worrying about them. And they are going to ship all that highly polluting tar sands stuff to other countries so that the other countries can get blamed for all that nasty climate warming. After all, the Trudeau government is twinning the Trans Mountain pipeline so that Canada can ship three times as much of that tar sands stuff to other countries.
A lot of my friends in British Columbia are going to lie down in front of the path of that new pipe being laid. They are saying: “Might as well kill us now, instead of killing our progeny slowly.”
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