Harper EnviroMin Jim Prentice may have given Michael Ignatieff the best reason ever not to pull the pin on the minority Conservative government.
To Prentice has fallen the unenviable task of formulating a Canadian policy on global warming in advance of December's international climate change summit in Copenhagen. To put it delicately, Jim's nuts are in a vice on this one.
Jimbo has to come up with something that could pass for a carbon emissions reduction plan while protecting the most environmentally catastrophic energy project on earth - the Athabasca Tar Sands. All this nonsense about carbon capture and sequestration is just that, nonsense. If it was viable for the Tar Sands, it would have been in place by now and it's not nor is it scheduled for any time in the future. CCS isn't even a target. It's a joke. Unable to turn lead into gold, Prentice is scrambling to do something and, according to the Toronto Star, that something translates into shifting the burden of our national emissions targets onto every province except Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Environment Minister Jim Prentice has pitched the two-tier approach in meetings with industry executives and provincial governments aimed at setting up a market to cap greenhouse gas emissions and let companies trade carbon credits to reduce pollution.
Though plans are described as a work in progress, numerous accounts say the Conservatives intend to put a cap on the emissions from Ontario's manufacturing sector and other polluting industries across Canada, while letting oil and gas companies meet less stringent intensity targets which allow output, and pollution, to increase.
That could jeopardize the economies of eight provinces and three territories for the sake of continued growth in Alberta and Saskatchewan, detractors say.
I can't understand why Ignatieff would take Messrs. Harper and Prentice off the hook just when they have finally painted themselves into this corner. Then again, I haven't been able to understand most of Iggy's positions anyway.