When a New Democrat talks about climate change they need to be very specific and entirely candid. We've heard their talk before and it's usually just empty words.
Jagmeet Singh, perhaps desperate enough to go for the low-hanging fruit, says an NDP federal government would cut Canada's greenhouse gases by half over the next decade.
Two points. There's about a zero chance of the NDP winning power in October. Second, to make that claim the New Dems would have to present a credible plan on how they would implement those cuts.
I expect something entirely sophomoric, bordering on utterly insincere, from Jagmeet's proposal. There'll be nonsense about getting rid of gas guzzlers and everybody suddenly zipping about in electric chariots.
As described in my previous post such drastic cuts will require a wholesale rejigging of our economy. The UN which is promoting global emissions cuts doesn't pull any punches on that score.
On Friday, Luis Alfonso de Alba, the top UN envoy entrusted with preparing September's [climate change] summit, called for a "drastic" rethink of the global economic model.
Required was a "transformation of the way we consume, the way we produce," de Alba said. "This is not a process in which we can aim at a gradual increase of ambitions."Jagmeet, like Justin, has reason to worry about climate change. It's an issue that threatens to bleed away NDP and Liberal support to the Greens. And so, out of the blue, Singh becomes an environmental chameleon. This is blatant posturing and Singh isn't very good at it.
We've seen enough greenwash from the NDP to know it's probably a ploy.