TORONTO – Today let’s deconstruct the silliness of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s claim U.S. President Barack Obama would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline by now if Prime Minister Stephen Harper had put a price on industrial carbon dioxide emissions.
First, the U.S. has never put a price on its emissions so it’s clearly not a priority for the Americans.
Sure, Obama talks a good game about doing it someday — long after his second term as president has expired — but that’s all.
His so-called “historic agreement” with China to mutually reduce emissions is neither historic, nor an agreement.
It has no timetable, targets or penalties. It’s a non-binding statement of possible future intent. That’s all.
Now let’s consider what Obama’s done, as opposed to what he’s said.