If we are permitted a bit of exaggeration, we would say that Canada has not a hope in hell of reaching its Copenhagen targets for reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Not even its supporters expect the Harper Government to be a miracle maker. Yet that is what is required if we are to meet this target. Implementation of the long promised regulations on the oil and gas industry won’t do the trick. . . . and, apart from stricter emissions standards for motor vehicles (adopted from the USA), there is nothing else on the agenda.
Today Environment Canada finally released its analysis of GHG emission trends – three months behind schedule. Perhaps Canada’s new Environment Minister had to warn her colleagues that the situation described in the report would not be pretty.
Then again perhaps not. No one in this Government appears to believe in the necessity of avoiding global warming, possibly because they don’t accept the science.
Canada was failing in the other years since Copenhagen but this year it flunked out!