Canada falls behind greenhouse gas emissions target


mentalfloss
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Canada falls behind greenhouse gas emissions target

OTTAWA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Canada is falling behind in meeting its 2020 target for the greenhouse gas emission reductions under the Copenhagen Accord, a report said Thursday.

Canada's greenhouse gas emissions are expected to reach 734 megatons in 2020, only three megatons less than the 2005 level, according to the 77-page Canada's Emissions Trends report released by Environment Canada.

Canada signed the Copenhagen Accord in December 2009, pledging to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 607 megatons to 17 percent below the 2005 level by 2020.

"This represents a significant challenge in light of strong economic growth," said the report, adding that the Canadian economy is projected to be about 31 percent larger in real terms in 2020 compared with 2005.

Canada's federal environment department noted that between 2005 and 2011, Canada's greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.8 percent while the country's economy grew by 8.4 percent over the same period.

Environment Canada, incorporated as the environment department, said that if consumers, businesses and governments had not taken actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions since 2005, those emissions would have risen to 862 megatons by 2020.

However, the report also estimated that emissions from oil and gas production will increase from 109 megatons in 2005 to 144 megatons in 2020, with the biggest spike occurring in bitumen production where greenhouse gas emissions are expected to rise from 21 megatons in 2005 to about 76 megatons in 2020.

Environmental groups said the report is indicative of the federal government's poor environmental policies.

Environmental Defense Canada, a non-partisan charity, called on the government to impose federal regulations on Canada's soaring tar sands pollution to reduce emissions, and accused Ottawa of dragging Canada backward from addressing climate change.

Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq countered in a statement that under the Conservative government's watch, greenhouse gas emissions will decrease by 130 megatons from what they would have been in 2020.

The current Conservative government withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol signed by the Liberal-led government in 1997, making Canada the first country that quitted the accord in the world.

Canada falls behind greenhouse gas emissions target - Xinhua | English.news.cn
 
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taxslave
Free Thinker
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This is actually a good thing. To meet those political targets would have destroyed our economy and made us w third world country with thousands of civil servants still thinking they are entitled to their entitlements and the rest of us starving because there would be no jobs and no money for welfare.
 
damngrumpy
No Party Affiliation
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The only thing Canada got out of that deal was a dog named Kyoto and the
dog and its master were miserable failures. All this greenhuse gas nonsense
and that is what it is . The industrialized world will take the hit so the people
who don't care can continue to work for nothing making our running shoes.
Have we lost our minds? Everyone should be willing to submit to the same
misery if we want to go down this unpaved road.
The companies who pretend they are green and wonderful are the same ones
over seas making things in factories that are sub standard and a wash with
environmental violatons. I say close the book on this until all are willing to
participate. Oh and good luck with that.
 
Sons of Liberty
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Kyoto, what a farce, the largest expanding economy (China) was exempt, why?
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by Sons of Liberty View Post

Kyoto, what a farce, the largest expanding economy (China) was exempt, why?

Because they're a developing nation with a massive weapons and space program, lol.
 
mentalfloss
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You guys do realize this is about Harper's conservative targets after Kyoto right?
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

You guys do realize this is about Harper's conservative targets after Kyoto right?

You do realize that threads morph and take on a life of their own after you hit submit right?

Besides, it was all DG's fault!
 
mentalfloss
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Cons never should've made any pledge if they couldn't stick to their promise.

Why even pretend?
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Why even pretend?

Same reason you do?
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Cons never should've made any pledge if they couldn't stick to their promise.

Why even pretend?

Liberals did the same with that dog named Kyoto, did they not???

And I agree - It is DG's fault.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear View Post

Same reason you do?

What are you on about?
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

What are you on about?

Oh, nothing very important, just your hypocrisy.

Carry on, you won't even know I'm here laughing at you.
 
mentalfloss
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Okay
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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There's no such thing as greenhouse gas this makes it impossible to fall behind targets for a disproved theory. Globalist lizard science.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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You know what we need? Carbon Tax, and carbon credits, and more carbon taxes. Vote LIberal or if you prefer, Liberal Light.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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