In 2007 our Conservative Government undertook to limit emissions from the fossil fuel industry. In 2011 and again in 2012, the Government advised that it was drafting regulations to this end. No such regulations have been issued.
The Conservative Government excused its failure by referring to the need for a continental infrastructure that included the US and Mexico. According to yesterday’s press release from the Canada’s Department of Energy, the three countries have come to an agreement to collaborate on an energy structure in North America. (aka “We agree to talk.”)
While this was happening, Canada was formulating its independently determined national contributions to the reduction of global emissions. Canada’s submission to the United Nations did not mention regulation of emissions from the tar sands. Neither did it identify infrastructure or programs that might reasonably enable Canada to reduce emissions as claimed.
The US submitted a more stringent emissions target than Canada. At no time has there been a suggestion that Canada will again synchronize its emissions targets with the US – as had happened after the Copenhagen accord.
In the press release Canada’s Energy Minister Greg Rickford highlighted “Canada’s . . . commitment to pursuing a continental approach on . . . climate change.” That is a bit of a surprise: Canada has never had a continued commitment to cutting emissions.
But we do have lots of fine words in press releases. This press release is an example: go to “North American Energy Ministers Establish New Continental Climate Change and Energy Collaboration.”