Representatives of the Government of Saskatchewan admitted the other week that the province’s 20% emission reduction target by 2020 is based on economic theory, not scientific reasoning. The federal opposition parties are forcing the Conservatives to accept the will of Canadians, which is to reduce pollution sharply, and more quickly than the Conservatives want.
Here’s an important portion of the proposed bill C-311:
5. The Government of Canada shall ensure that Canadian greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, subject to the ultimate objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,
(a) as a long-term target, to a level that is 80% below the 1990 level by the year 2050; and
(b) as a medium-term target, valid prior to the target plan referred to in subsection 6(1), to a level that is 25% below the 1990 level by the year 2020.
It may not be drastic enough of a reduction to save our skins, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Hat tip The Jurist