Environment Canada Lowers Emissions Target 2nd Time in Four Years

Ottawa — Sierra Club Canada wishes it were surprised by the government’s announcement to lower Canada’s emissions target for the second time in four years. Yesterday Minister Prentice lowered the target to 17%.

“While the government is off on their vacation, they’re busying themselves by lowering to another meaningless target. It has always been the intention of this government to ignore the climate crisis and do nothing about it,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “The only thing interesting here is the numerous ways in which they try to mislead Canadians.”

Over 150,000 Canadians and 150 organizations signed the Kyotoplus petition calling for an emission reduction plan to reduce emissions 25 % below 1990 levels by 2020–the target necessary to avoid catastrophic climate changes.

“I’m just sickened. My government takes its orders from the oil companies. It is all about profits, pollution and to hell with our children,” said Bennett.

Canada’s target in January 2006 was 6% below 1990 levels. Regulations to reduce industrial emissions had already been gazetted. There was a nation building renovation program, a national renewable energy incentive plan, an agreement with automakers and an overall plan to meet Canada’s legally binding Kyoto commitment. Today, four years, later there is nothing by a communications plan.

Press release by Sierra Club of Canada

Contact:

Michael Bernard

Director of Media Relations

Sierra Club Canada

michaelb@sierraclub.ca

(o) 613.241.4611 x230

(c) 613.302.9933

Toll free: 1.888.810.4204

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