Environment Minister Peter Kent was out last week hailing Canada’s reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and proclaiming that the country is halfway to the targets set for 2020 by the Copenhagen Accord.
Kent failed to mention that the reduction in emissions happened in provinces where large emitters are facing economic challenges that have slowed production. He also left out the fact that development in the Alberta energy sector will cause emissions to rise, and that a report released by Environment Canada actually shows that the emissions reduction have little or nothing to do with anything the federal government has done.
“Over one-third of the reduction is simply an accounting change. And most of the actual progress is the result of provincial and territorial leadership and the fact that we’ve been in a recession. The Conservatives can’t claim any credit – except maybe for their economic mismanagement,” said Megan Leslie, the Official Opposition Critic for the Environment.
Meanwhile, facing a fight between Alberta and British Columbia, the Prime Minister came out and said that science will be the deciding factor in the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.
Harper also said that it is in the country’s best interests to “diversify” its export market, that it’s important that Canada is able to get our resources to Asia and indicated this is something BC needs to remember.
He noted that the pipeline project is under review by the National Energy Board, but failed to mention that his Cabinet will make the final decision on such projects if they are deemed to be of national importance.
Meanwhile, Postmedia journalist Mike De Souza accessed an internal memo that showed scientists were discouraged from talking about a report linking human activity to major weather events.
With the government push to have Canada become an energy superpower, climate change denial and fudging the truth are both easier than admitting that the country is a major polluter and working to actually green the economy.
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