Why are our environmental groups supporting weak climate targets?

Fillmore, Nick
Date Written:  2016-11-01
Publisher:  A Different Point of View (Nick Fillmore Blog)
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20420

The federal government's recently announced that all Canadian jurisdictions must adopt a carbon pricing scheme by 2018 with a minimum price of $10 per tonne. The price must rise to reach $50 per tonne by 2022. The goal of reducing emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 will not get Canada anywhere close to its promises to the United Nations. Canadians probably believe that our major environmental groups are busy lobbying and pushing the federal and provincial governments to do much more. But no, this is not the case.



The Climate Action Network (CAN) is made up of a wide collection of about 100 environmental and public interest groups. CAN is the network that would be expected to conduct a serious campaign. However, it chose to endorse the mediocre goals set by the government. "…. Prime Minster Trudeau showed conviction when it comes to putting a price on carbon across Canada," said Catherine Abreu, CAN Executive Director.
CAN believes it can accomplish more working within the system as opposed to criticizing the government from the outside. Network leaders make much of the fact that CAN was one of the groups the government consulted during the process of setting the carbon reduction targets. However, with the government coming in with the lowest possible target, CAN apparently didn't have much influence during the process. If anything, the government co-opted CAN to accept its positions.

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