Climate alarmism fake news abounds in Canada.
By Lorrie Goldstein of Sun News Media
Political vows on climate change are fake news
It’s astounding how the media, concerned as we are about “fake news”, continue to report Canadian and global targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change as if they’re real.
They aren’t. They’re fake news.
They’re meaningless words on a page, whether they come from the United Nations, or Canada’s environment ministry, that will never be achieved.
How do we know? Because the best indicator of future performance is past practice.
In the three decades Canadian Liberal and Conservative governments have been setting emission reduction targets to fight climate change, not one has come close to achieving them.
We know Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t have Canada on a path to “exceed” his pledge to reduce our emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, as he promised during the election.
How? Because he’s so far behind meeting his pledge to reduce our emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, he’d have to shut down the equivalent of 61% of Canada’s entire transportation sector within 13 months to do it it.
We know because in the two decades since then prime minister Jean Chretien signed the UN’S Kyoto accord, the forerunner of the 2015 Paris accord, Canada’s emissions have gone up, not down, by 4.2%.
We know because since 2005, while our emissions have dropped by a mere 2%, in the last year for which Canadian figures are available (2017), they went up 1.1%.
Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which just released a report saying Trudeau would have to raise his current carbon price of $20 per tonne of emissions to $210 per tonne by 2030 to meet the 2030 reduction target he agreed to under the 2015 Paris climate accord, knows it.
It also knows the authors of the Paris accord now say the commitments almost every nation on Earth made under it in 2015, are inadequate to avert what they describe as catastrophic warming.
We know that almost every target every nation has set to reduce its emissions under the Paris accord, including Canada’s, is fake news.
How? Because the just-released 2019 UN emissions report shows global emissions rose by an average of 1.5% annually for the past decade, and that to put them on track to meet the UN’S 2030 target, they will have to decrease by an average of 7.6% annually for the next decade.
That’s not going to happen because of the global economic damage it would cause.
What it comes to climate change, what we have collectively opted for, as indicated by the results of the recent federal election, is the phenomenon described by George Monbiot, one of the world’s most knowledgeable climate change journalists, in his 2006 book, Heat: How To Stop The Planet From Burning.
“Our response will be to demand that the government acts, while hoping that it doesn’t,” Monbiot wrote. “We will wish our governments to pretend to act. We get the moral satisfaction of saying what we know to be right, without the discomfort of doing it.”