In denial about emissions-OMG Canada

Here’s a great article from EcoJustice with lots of interesting links to find out more information concerning the environment:

Why Canada’s government seems to be in denial about emissions

Posted by               Pierre Hamilton                                                       at                Nov 01, 2013 09:35 AM                        |             Permalink

This week’s environmental news recap includes a column about Canada’s government and greenhouse gas emissions, a victory for humpback whales and Great Lakes’ pollution.

Why Canada's government seems to be in denial about emissions                         While The Nile is a river in Egypt, denial is a refusal to believe in the existence or truth of a thing.

By Pierre Hamilton, Communications associate

Denial. It’s not just a river in Egypt.

That’s a joke people use when conversing with someone who refuses to believe in something, even after examining the facts. Today, Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson found that someone. Canada’s government, he writes, is in denial about its promise to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent by 2020.

Canada’s pace on that promise is sluggish as we found out last week. But, as Simpson writes, “confronted by its own public evidence, the government faces the facts and denies them.”

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What does denial look like? Well, I’ve never travelled to Egypt … oh wait, you want to know about what Simpson says the government is denying? Okay, let’s talk about that.

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the government is doing “stuff.” That’s true, but not as much as the provinces. The federal government also decided to stop reviewing certain oilsands projects — the carbon-intensive ones that industry will use for the foreseeable future   (Click here to read why government will no longer review certain oilsands projects). 

And another thing. The decision to scrap those oilsands assessments happened one day after Environment Canada said the country was unlikely to meet the 2020 reductions. Things that make you go hmmm.

Simpson plants his arrow dead in the bull’s-eye when he presents the numbers and his conclusion. By 2020, we’re expected miss our target by 14 per cent. Why? Oil production. It’s thwarting our ability to fulfill this promise to the world, even as provinces not named Alberta and Saskatchewan see their emissions drop.

Simpson’s most sobering insight in this column is that facts, that is the evidence produced by the government, don’t seem to matter. We won’t meet the targets but politicians refuse to say so or take real action.

He’s saying, as far as Canada’s government is concerned, that denial is only a river in Egypt.

Click below to read your story of the week and scroll down to get other must-read environmental stories:

Ottawa denies its own emissions stats | The Globe and Mail

WILDLIFE & WILDERNESS

Groups argue B.C. not protecting old-growth forest | 24hrs.ca Vancouver

New environmental review offers critical view of Taseko mine proposal | The Globe and Mail

Feds recognize spill threat in humpback plan | Global Toronto

Organization calls for action on ‘microplastics’ pollution in Great Lakes | CTV News

David Suzuki: One Year After Cohen Report, Salmon Still Face an Upstream Battle | Ecojustice

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

Oil firms asked to account for climate change risk | CBC News

OPG pressed non-profits to back Bruce County nuclear-waste plan | The Globe and Mail

Pipeline safety: Canada lags U.S. on making data public | CBC News

New environmental review rules anger oilsands critics | CBC News

PEOPLE & HEALTH

Canadians in favour of pipeline development: poll | Financial Post

David Suzuki: Critical issues deserve a higher standard | The Straight


The Nile river photo by ©Shutterstock/WitR

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