Well, we've finally got our prime minister home so maybe he can get out of his Indian party costume, throw on his dad's buckskins and run that "bitumen = a green future for Canada" business by us once again. This time maybe with some logical explanation. Alchemists never do that, you know.
Maybe Justin can tell us why, on his watch, Canada keeps falling further behind on our already paltry emissions reduction targets. Son, you've got to fish or cut bait. The bullshit isn't working any more.
A recently released federal report suggests the gap is growing between Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction promises and what its policies are likely to achieve.
The news comes as the Liberal government continues to promise a new pipeline will be built to take bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to ports in British Columbia — a move critics say would push Canada’s emissions even higher.
In December, the government delivered a report to the United Nations outlining its progress on reaching targets agreed to in the Paris Accord to fight climate change. Canada has promised to reduce those emissions to the equivalent of 517 megatonnes of carbon dioxide.
In 2016, the federal government made a similar report to the UN acknowledging that both its current and planned policies would likely leave the country 44 megatonnes short of its target.
But in the recent report, Canada notes the gap between its commitments and the likely result of its policies has grown to 66 megatonnes — a 50 per cent increase in only 18 months.
Environment Canada was unable to immediately explain that expanding shortfall. Figures for greenhouse gas emissions in the report are only given up to 2015 and are reported to have been largely stable for several years previously.
Keith Stewart of Greenpeace said the increasing gap between promises and probable results is likely due to increasing energy production.
What? We can't ramp up bitumen production to run through all that new pipeline capacity and cut emissions? Oh, say it ain't so.