He sure talks a good game but, time after time, Justin Trudeau's promises prove empty.
The numbers come from the latest climate pollution projections report,"Canada's Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollutant Emissions Projections 2018." Each year, the government tallies up its projections, and each year the picture has gotten worse.
Back in 2016, the Canadian government projected that all current and proposed policies (plus emissions credits they hope to be able to count) would get Canada to within 44 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) of the 2030 target.
The next year the projected "emissions gap" widened to 66 MtCO2.But what about the recent warning that the world has until 2030 to slash greenhouse gas emissions by half or lose the battle to avert catastrophic climate change. No Canadian government was ever in the running to meet that existential challenge. Christ, we can't even meet Harper's supposed targets.
And now, the government's newest projections show the gap has widened even further. They now project a gap of 78 MtCO2.
Unfortunately, that's the good news.
According to the new report, Canada's actual emissions are projected to be even higher than that: 115 MtCO2 above their 2030 Paris target, or less than halfway to the target.
But wait, there's more. Canada's parliamentary watchdog reports that Trudeau and Morneau probably grossly overpaid in buying the Trans Mountain pipeline from those Texas sharks, Kinder Morgan. Quelle surprise!