Lack of vision

by Milan on April 5, 2011

in Climate change, Climate science

I suppose there isn’t much novelty anymore in Canadian politicians failing to understand the seriousness of climate change, the scale of effort required to deal with it, and the timeline over which that needs to occur.

The latest example is provided by Michael Ignatieff:

“Let’s be in the real world here,” he said. “We’re going to be in the fossil-fuel future for a least a couple of generations,” he told reporters, after speaking to a few other customers about other issues.

Climate change is an area in which all states need to be taking immediate action. We cannot afford to wait a couple of generations, especially in a rich state like Canada with excessively high greenhouse gas pollution per person. We need to be among those cutting deepest and most quickly.

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. April 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Oilsands more than a PR problem: Ignatieff

By Mike De Souza, Postmedia News April 7, 2011

LAVAL, Que. — Concerns raised this week by U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the oilsands need to be addressed with federal action to protect the environment and not to boost the industry’s image, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said Thursday.

“It’s not going to be fixed by better public relations,” Ignatieff said, after touring a seniors home in this suburb north of Montreal. “It’s a problem of substance.”

Obama hinted Wednesday that his government might be having second thoughts about approving a controversial 3,200-kilometre pipeline project linking the oilsands to the American market.

“These tarsands, there are some environmental questions about how destructive they are, potentially, what are the dangers there, and we’ve got to examine all those questions,” Obama said.

Ignatieff acknowledged that the industry is producing too many carbon-dioxide emissions, using too much water and getting too many tax breaks. But he said the Liberal party is proposing to address all of these issues by removing tax breaks, providing incentives for the industry to invest in technology to reduce their pollution and regulating in areas where the federal government has a clear responsibility.

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