A draft climate plan being considered by the federal government would weaken the long-term goal for cutting greenhouse emissions from what was announced by former environment minister Rona Ambrose last October.
Under the federal draft plan, marked secret and dated April 13, the government would undertake to cut emissions 45 to 65 per cent from 2006 levels by 2050.
Ambrose's plan, in the original version of the Clean Air Act, used an earlier base year when emissions were lower to calculate cuts. That plan would have cut emissions 45 to 65 per cent from 2003.
Since emissions have risen significantly since 2003, the shift in base year results in a less stringent target.
Environmentalist say the Conservative draft plan doesn't go nearly far enough.
"You have a target that wasn't strong enough to begin with and they've weakened it even more and they think Canadians won't care," said Louise Comeau of the Sage Centre, an environmental think tank.
"We're not even close to what scientists are saying is needed."
Unprincipled, political opportunist, anti-democratic, Elizabeth May briefly leaves the backroom and comments:
"We need to constantly pay attention to the base year," said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May at a news conference Tuesday.
"They have actually weakened the target Madame Ambrose announced last fall with the Clean Air Act, which is actually a target for a shrinking Great Lakes, disappearing Arctic ice, storms on our coasts and a dust bowl on our prairies"
Staggering. Who knew, Rona Ambrose, relative trailblazer. Maybe we do need an election?
H/T Woman At Mile 0