Rona (env. min., not hdw. store) tells us that no GHG firm targets will be needed until 2020
You misunderstood. No firm industry targets until 2020, no overall targets until 2050. Wouldn't want to move too fast, now. And really, why should we worry about doing anything about the environment before my 3-year old is in her late 40s?
This plan has remarkably acheived the benchmark of being considerably worse than my worst fears. I sure hope Beej is right about the tipping point being here. And if he is, Harper might as well put his head between his legs and kiss his a$$ goodbye. The gymnastics of that move would at least be entertaining. And, as an environmental plan, would be more successful than this piece of garbage.
I've always felt that the Liberal's signing of Kyoto was mere showmanship with no real plan to do anything about it. Reducing our GHG emissions by 30% by 2012 is something that just wasn't going to happen without serious economic consequences that no federal government wishing to maintain power would do.
If Kyoto was insane for the short implementation period, this Act, as it relates to GHG, is insane for the opposite reason.
A 45 - 65% reduction by 2050?
Surely, if we start working at it know, we can reach some kind of reasonable reduction to GHG by 2020. That is just 8 years past the Kyoto target and 14 years from know.
Bring in small but progressive legislation forcing industry to gradually scale back. If we asked for a two percent reduction every year between know and 2020 we could almost get to the 30% that Kyoto would require. We could add additional incentives for industries that could beat the 2% a year target.
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