An overwhelming majority of international climate experts agree the world must immediately turn away from fossil fuels. Meanwhile:
- British Columbia, already one of the world’s largest coal exporters, stands mute as port facilities expand capacity to ship even more coal;
- British Columbia taxpayers subsidize oil and gas companies at a rate four times what the Province makes in royalties from the sector.
- The Canadian government annually gives billions in handouts to coal, oil, and natural gas companies to produce and pollute more.
- Canada has budgeted at least $17 billion to buy and expand the Trans Mountain pipeline to increase shipments of bitumen through Vancouver’s inner harbour.
Roman emperor Nero was said to have fiddled while Rome burned. While that story is apocryphal, we can accurately state that Canadian politicians now tuning their string instruments are ready to play.
Despite cheerful rhetoric, this country has a record of continuous failure on climate matters.
In 1997, Canada signed the Kyoto Protocol, promising to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 6% from 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012. Instead, national emissions increased over 30%.
Canada signed the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. Another abject failure.
In 2015, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau headed a delegation of more than 300 at the Paris climate conference and promised that Canada’s efforts in fighting climate change “will not cease.” They quickly ceased.
In 2020, Premier John Horgan said the BC NDP had the strongest climate plan in North America. That too was fallacious.
On climate change, our politicians always oversell promises and underdeliver results. Canadians should tell them that is not good enough, that we need an unalterable roadmap.
A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, International Energy Sector:
This report sets out clear milestones – more than 400 in total, spanning all sectors and technologies – for what needs to happen, and when, to transform the global economy from one dominated by fossil fuels into one powered predominantly by renewable energy like solar and wind. Our pathway requires vast amounts of investment, innovation, skilful policy design and implementation, technology deployment, infrastructure building, international co‐operation and efforts across many other areas.Foreword, page 3
The global pathway to net‐zero emissions by 2050 detailed in this report requires all governments to significantly strengthen and then successfully implement their energy and climate policies. Commitments made to date fall far short of what is required by that pathway.
…the pledges to date would still leave around 22 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions worldwide in 2050. The continuation of that trend would be consistent with a temperature rise in 2100 of around 2.1 °C.
…Further delay in acting to reverse that trend will put net zero by 2050 out of reach.Summary for policy makers, page 13
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