Gerald Butts made an important point on social media just yesterday (6:23 AM · Aug 23, 2019) …
… the environment, he is saying, is a global issue. On that point, I agree, 100%.
A couple of months ago I said that “The [global warming] problem is global and the solutions need to be global, too and if that means replacing dirty Chinese coal with cleaner Canadian petroleum then that is all to the good, especially if Canadian petroleum use is lowered by using nuclear power to replace coal and gas-fired electrical plants.” I also said that “Canada can and should be a world leader in helping to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere by coal-fired power plants and through transportation without reducing the benefits that electrical power and efficient transportation of people and goods bring to billions of humans. We can do that by using, at home, and exporting cleaner (than Saudi or Iranian) petroleum products and nuclear technology so as to reduce the world’s reliance on, especially, coal.“
Now I see a report, on Global News, which says that “The Climate Action Network, a global association of more than 1,300 climate groups, issued a report card on the climate plans of the G7 nations ahead of the leaders’ summit in France this weekend. The groups hope to pressure the world’s wealthiest nations to step up their climate game, noting none of them is doing enough … [but] … Canada, the report says, is among the worst of the already bad G7 bunch.” Global News goes on to say that “The report card says Canada’s current policies are consistent with global warming exceeding 4 C compared to pre-industrial levels, more than twice the stated goal of the Paris agreement of staying as close to 1.5 C as possible. The United States and Japan are also both in the 4 C category, while the other four G7 members, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom, have policies consistent with more than 3 C in warming.” The Global News report also reminds us that “Canada’s current targets were developed by the Conservatives in the spring of 2015, and maintained by the Liberals six months later when they signed on to the Paris agreement a few weeks after winning the election. The goal by 2030 is to cut emissions 30 per cent below what they were in 2005.” That’s right, for the past three years and nine months, Canada’s environment minister, Catherine McKenna, has been jetting around the world with delegations that number in the hundreds of officials, especially public relations (propaganda) specialists, and hangers-on from the green community who wine and dine themselves at great expense to the taxpayer, and all in support of the climate change targets that Stephen Harper set and which Ms McKenna says Canada will still, somehow, manage to hit and which Andrew Scheer says he will not change.
Ms McKenna’s “plan” seems to involve jet-setting around Canada and the globe telling people that the sky is falling but Stephen Harper’s plan really is the best answer. Mr Scheer, on the other hand, actually offered something of substance: a plan to exploit Canada’s (relatively) very clean energy, which must include nuclear energy, to help wean the world off coal and (relatively) dirty (and certainly blood-stained) Arab and Iranian oil. Mr Scheer recognized, as Gerald Butts seems to do, also, that the environment is a global issue and that Canada can help most by exporting oil, from our prairie oil sand mines, and natural gas to Asia, especially to China and India where very dirty coal is still the main source of global carbon emissions.
But too many Canadians, led by e.g. Mr Butts, himself, Minister McKenna and Elizabeth May, seem to want to destroy the Canadian energy sector and to tax Canadians yet again so that they can claim to have done something about climate change. The very clear and obvious better choice is to build pipelines so that all Canadians can use Canadian oil, gas and natural gas, to fuel their cars and heat their homes rather than having tankers bring Arab and Iranian oil into our Atlantic Coast and St Lawrence River ports, damaging the environment and marine habitat as they do and so that (relatively) clean and certainly much more ethical Canadian oil and natural gas can go to world markets, reducing the need to burn coal. That’s a global solution to a global problem. But the anti-pipeline, anti-Alberta faction in Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is strong and is growing stronger, in fact, Prime Minister Trudeau, himself, seems to be the leader of both the anti-Alberta and the anti-pipeline wings of the party.
If it’s fair to comment, as Liberal shills are doing, on remarks Andrew Scheer made in 2005, about gay marriage, then it’s equally fair to revisit remarks that Justin Trudeau made in late 2010 telling Quebecers that political leaders from Alberta are not good for Canada.
Canada cannot contribute much to the “war” on global warming unless China, India, Japan and the USA do, too. But Canada can do more than it is by adopting a sensible, globally focused, policy that gets cleaner Canadian energy to global markets to replace some of the dirty coal and blood-stained oil that is being burned now. The Liberal policy ~ the Trudeau-McKenna-Butts policy ~ is to keep the clean oil in the ground, destroying more than 100,000+ good Canadian jobs in the process, and to import blood-stained oil from Saudi Arabia and Iran. That’s not a policy, that’s lunacy driven by Justin Trudeau’s distaste for Canada beyond “the web of political, business and intellectual elites in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.”
If Canadians, including Gerald Butts, actually care about the global environment then the first step is for each to vote for the Conservative candidate in their riding this October because the Bloc Québecois, the Greens, the Liberals and the NDP are all thinking locally, not globally, and they are dooming Canada to environmental failure for poor, partisan, parochial reasons.