Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Canada's Climate Change Policies Keep Its Paris Commitments Out of Reach

With no rollback in Alberta tar sands production, Canada's emissions remain on an upward slope, a new report says.

2Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not discuss climate change in his meeting with President Trump earlier this month, but his country's climate policies show a lack of progress even without U.S. involvement. (Credit: Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
Canada probably will fail to meet its international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under even the best-case scenario, according to a new report by the Canadian government.

The country, which continues to expand oil and gas production in Alberta's oil sands despite its stated ambitions to curtail emissions, will make little to no progress towards ambitious emissions reductions targets pledged in December 2015 under the Paris agreement.  That's the conclusion of a report published earlier this month by Environment and Climate Change, a federal agency tasked with reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.
The report only models policies in place up to last Nov. 1. Since then, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a number of significant climate policy changes through the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, an agreement between federal, provincial, and territorial governments to reduce emissions published on December 9.

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