Go Canada! We’ve missed absurd greenhouse gas reduction targets for 27 years

TORONTO – As we begin 2015, it’s worth noting we are entering the 27th year of Canadian politicians making ridiculous and impractical promises to reduce Canada’s industrial carbon dioxide emissions, ostensibly to combat global warming.
The last absurd promise was Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s commitment in 2010 to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, through government regulation.

Since, as Prof. Andrew Leach of the University of Alberta School of Business observed at the time, that would have required the Conservatives to shut down the equivalent of Canada’s transportation sector within a decade, it’s hardly surprising that, five years later, we are nowhere near that goal.

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