You mentioned Harper and the fact you're Canadian recently. I was wondering if I could get your opinion on something. What do you think of the Justin Trudeau keeping the the same climate change targets as Stephan Harper. For 4 years Mr. Trudeau said the GHG emission targets that the Conservative government set were not close to good enough. But now he keeps them in place. I guess what I'm getting at is, do you think the targets the Goverment has in place are good enough?
I’m very disappointed in Justin Trudeau’s actions on the environment. Its not just on Climate Change, on environmental issues as a whole he’s been underwhelming.
Those targets are pathetic, and the Liberals are having trouble even meeting them. Its also really counterintuitive and hypocritical that they pushed the Paris conference to adopt a goal of 1.5 degrees C warming, but then Trudeau approves 2 huge oil pipelines (Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion & Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline) and a large LNG pipeline & plant (as well as supporting the Keystone XL pipeline). Also just this week they announced they were delaying emission cuts to methane from the oil sector by at least 3 years, which is only going to make it harder to make these emission reductions by 2030. All these projects and moves are going to jack up Canada’s Carbon emissions for the long term.
Just yesterday a study came out, which outlines that without new policies the Canadian Government won’t even meet these weak targets:
This is what people said when Harper unveiled these targets:
These targets are not good enough, and I’m skeptical on whether we’ll even reach them with the current government’s direction.
I know a lot about these issues because I also run a Canadian Politics blog (as well as being an Environmental Chemistry major) and keep myself informed about current events in Canada through it: @allthecanadianpolitics.