Based on comprehensive economic computer simulations, the study delivers a harsh critique of the government’s new plan, suggesting that pollution levels could rise slightly above current levels...
“The government is likely to miss its 2020 emissions target by almost 200 megatonnes,” said the study, prepared by Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers from Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. “Moreover, because of this gap in 2020 between target and reality, it is unlikely that a future government would be able to achieve the ambitious 2050 target.”
But Jaccard added only a carbon tax or an absolute cap on pollution would be effective in forcing Canadian industries and individuals to change their behaviour and shift to a low-carbon economy with less pollution.
I wonder if they just copy and paste this response now:
A spokesperson for Environment Minister John Baird dismissed suggestions that the government’s plan was full of holes.
I can't remember the last time an initiative was panned with such regularity (excluding the Clean Air Act). I admit I get excitable, because it is simply MADDENING to listen to Baird spew this rubbish, home and abroad, without any credible confirmation. It really has a delusional quality to it, like some energizer bunny that isn't fazed, no matter. Bang the drum, bang the drum, I can't hear you, I can't hear you. Listening to John Baird, is a frontrow seat to theater of the absurd.