Like it or not, entirely willing or not, Justin Trudeau is a Tar Sander, a fossil fueler - and all that business about his government following science is self-serving crap. Unlike his failed predecessor, the Liberal prime minister might be the guy who'll drive through the bitumen pipelines, getting that hazmat sludge to "tidewater." In so doing he'll complete Harper's unfinished work. Oh I'll bet that gives Shifty Steve a giggle as he plays the nickel slots in Vegas.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government was criticized from all sides on Tuesday in response to a published news report that alleged he had instructed key officials to prepare a strategy to approve major new pipeline projects.
While opposition Conservative MPs criticized Trudeau in the House of Commons for not doing more to cheerlead for the oil and gas industry, a leading climate change scientist and several environmental groups reacted to the news with disbelief.
John Stone, a former climatologist with Environment Canada, and vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II, said that building more pipelines is scientifically incompatible with meeting Canada’s climate change commitments.
“If you build a pipeline, you’re going to fill it with tar sands that’s going to increase our emissions and that’s not going to allow us to meet our climate change commitments," said Stone, in an interview with National Observer.
He said it was impossible to burn the fossil fuel reserves currently available and meet the government's objective of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
For Trudeau it's all about moving Canadian resources to market, a dandy bit of sophistry that treats high-carbon, hazmat fossil fuels as indistinguishable from softwood or wheat. That is appallingly disingenuous. Worse, it's a craven betrayal of Canada, our young people and the generations to follow them.