Net zero by 2050. Sure, but do they mean it?
When a politician assures you his government is committed to making your country carbon neutral by mid-century how are you supposed to believe that?
If the government has been around for a while, a full term in office should be plenty, you can go by its track record. Has it been honest or dishonest? Has it been open or secretive? Has it kept its promises or reneged on them? Has it put the country ahead of its own partisan interests first?
If these questions set off a few alarm bells you have no business taking this "net zero by 2050" pledge at face value. If they'll lie to you, conceal the truth, renege on promises and pursue partisan advantage over the wellbeing of the nation in the short-term, why would they tell you the truth about something they tell you will happen in three decades from now, after they're long gone?
They want you to trust them but trust is earned. Has this government really earned your trust, anyone's trust?
Here's the deal. If the government is committed to a zero by 2050 Canada then it should already have a plan on how we're going to get there. It should be something they can document so that we can understand it and agree or disagree with it.
This is no time for manana politics - manana - tomorrow, eventually. Those 30 years are going to be gone in a flash.
We've been told we must cut by half our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Ten years. Ten years to cut half, a further twenty years to cut the other half. Why ten and then twenty? Because the first half are the easy cuts. That doesn't mean they won't be painful or won't require sacrifice. They will just be easier to achieve than the final half. We'll have to work much harder to achieve the second half, to reach net zero.
Our government has never accepted the target of slashing our emissions by half by 2030. If they're not planning to do the easy part, they've got no credible plans for laying the groundwork for net zero by 2050. They're just screwin' with you, hoping we'll be good little Gullibillies until all of this becomes the next government's problem.
It's time we asked our government where Canada's emissions will be by 2030. Does the government have any plan for cutting emissions by half by then? If not, why not? What do they want for Canada? What are they prepared to do for our grandkids?
I don't want to be a Gullibilly, do you?