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Canada will fail to meet climate change goals

Environment Canada acknowledges federal greenhouse gas emission reductions are too little, too late.

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The graph above comes from a page quietly posted on Environment Canada's website last week, with the page titled "Canada's Greenhouse Gas Target and Emissions Projections." The graph shows the amount, in megatonnes (millions of tonnes), of greenhouse gases emitted by the entire country each year between 1990 and 2010, with projections forward to 2020.

There's a small attempt to spin the real situation---it throws in the red herring of China's GHG emissions (a real concern, but not relevant to this country meeting its own GHG goals), and this bit of misdirection:

Added together, all these existing government actions are expected to reduce GHG emissions by 65 Mt by 2020. This is about one quarter of the reductions in GHG emissions needed to meet Canada's 2020 target. The regulation of other economic sectors and the further strengthening of existing regulations over time - along with complementary measures by provinces and territories - are expected to continue this momentum.
But, pretty words about "momentum" aside, the simple fact is that there is no concrete proposal whatsoever to "further strengthen" existing regulations, and Canada will utterly fail to meet targets it agreed to at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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