Letter to the Editor — Michael den Tandt got two things right in his recent response to my letter on the climate crisis – we don’t have 10 years to wait, and I was the NDP candidate in 2015. In my letter, I said I was biased. But I’m not wrong about the Liberal’s plan.
Fun fact: The current Liberal plan is not far off the ‘Green Shift’ that Stephane Dion championed in the 2008 campaign. If that plan had been implemented, it might have bought us some time. Instead we got Stephen Harper and a decade of ramped up carbon emissions.
Mr Den Tandt says the Liberal climate plan is working. Fortunately, you don’t have to believe me that it’s not. Here’s an accounting, and I quote …
“We now have twelve years of data" — covering 2005 to 2017. At this half-way point, emissions have only declined by two per cent. Sure, that is technically a "downward" trend. But, as my chart on the right shows, it is so foot-draggingly slow that it will take two centuries for Canada to reach its Paris target at that pace.” (https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/04/25/analysis/canada-pace-meet-paris-climate-target-two-centuries-late)
Mr Den Tandt wants helpful suggestions, not partisan shots across the bow. OK, since I’m biased, here’s a few from the NDP platform …
As I said in my previous letter, that’s not far off what the Greens are proposing. Except (and it’s a big exception) the Greens are even more ambitious in their targets. So ambitious in fact, that they are in danger of running their ship aground on the rocky political shoals of big oil politics.
So. The Greens are on the rocks. The Liberals are 200 years too late. The Conservative plan is ‘meh’. And the plan for the People’s Party of Canada – well they have no plan because they don’t believe the science.
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