Canada will only curb oil sector emissions when US does: PM

Canada PM Stephen Harper said his country will only cut carbon emissions from its oil and gas sectors if the US does, even thoug
Canada PM Stephen Harper said his country will only cut carbon emissions from its oil and gas sectors if the US does, even though ignoring them will doom all efforts to bring down Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions

Canada will only impose regulations to cut carbon emissions from its oil and gas sector—its top source of emissions—if and when the United States moves to do the same, the prime minister said Tuesday.

"We want to see oil and gas regulations on a continental basis given the integrated nature of this industry," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in the House of Commons.

"With the current conditions in the oil and gas sector, this government will not consider unilateral regulation of that sector."

Moments later, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq echoed her boss in a speech at in Lima, Peru.

She touted Ottawa's "sector-by-sector regulatory approach to reduce ," noting that Canada has so far matched lower US car emissions standards, and banned the construction of new coal-fired power plants.

The transportation and electricity sectors are two of Canada's largest sources of . But its biggest is the oil and gas sector, representing 25 percent of emissions.

Critics say ignoring emissions from this sector, which are continuing to rise, will doom all other efforts to bring down Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming.

Aglukkaq countered that aligning Canadian regulations with its neighbour and largest trading partner has "allowed us to reduce our emissions while protecting the Canadian economy."

Canada's economy grew 10.6 percent from 2005 to 2012 while CO2 emissions fell 5.1 percent, she said.

Canada pledged at the last round of climate talks in Copenhagen to reduce its carbon emissions by 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020.

But its environment commissioner reported in October that Canada would fail to reach that target.

Commissioner Julie Gelfand also criticized the government for repeatedly delaying regulations to reduce emissions from the oil and gas sector.

Canada's current CO2 emissions are two percent of the global total.


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Dec 09, 2014
I guess that means we can't let any of that dirty, polluting Canadian tar dissolved in solvents in our country!

Dec 09, 2014
I guess Canada should just follow the US and do everything they do since it is working all so well for the US.

Way to be independent Harper.

Dec 09, 2014
Critics say ignoring emissions from this sector, which are continuing to rise, will doom all other efforts...

Let's call those "critics" what they really are: alarmists. There is no reasoning with them. For example, as was pointed out, Canadian "carbon" emissions have actually declined. It's difficult to see how rising emissions from oil and gas are "dooming" all other efforts since total emissions are declining.

U.S. "carbon" emissions are also declining.

Methane emissions:
http://epa.gov/cl...ch4.html

CO2 emissions:
http://www.epa.go...co2.html

Dec 09, 2014
Does this feel like political blackmail to anyone else?

Dec 09, 2014
Deniers are having more and more trouble lately, with the closure of so many coal plants, and now some nukes. New technoologies work, much to the dismay of those in love with pollution and who like giving more money to the Saudi Royal Family, Venezuela, and The Bush Crime Family.

Dec 10, 2014
Can he really be called a leader?

Dec 10, 2014
" U.S. "carbon" emissions are also declining."

Smoke and mirrors, and circuses without the bread.
What this bookkeeping decline represents is the off-loading of carbon emissions to China through the shift to manufacturing there.


Dec 10, 2014
Does this feel like political blackmail to anyone else?

That, but more to the point, dog whistle politics for to his shrinking band of supporters back in his 'hood.

The script behind this pronouncement is to present yet another 'tough guy' photo-op image.

Just like his 'solidarity with Israel' speech earlier in 2014 had nothing to do with Israel, and everything to do with keeping some hold on the pro-Israel supporters back in Canada. Dog Whistle Politics.

Dec 10, 2014
Canada will only impose regulations to cut carbon emissions from its oil and gas sector—its top source of emissions—if and when the United States moves to do the same

Way to go in being your own man, Canada (/sarcasm)
Screw what others are doing. Do what's right. If you want to get continental regulations going you can do that afterwards.

Dec 10, 2014
Count me in the company of those who fully acknowledge Global Warming --- from natural geothermal causes. That said, at a breakeven production cost of $100 per barrel, Canadian tar sands are "over a barrel". Breakeven for shale derived oil is around $ 45 per barrel. The Saudis desperately want to kill shale in the crib so they have cranked up their production, which costs $ 4 to $ 5 per barrel. Tar sands "dilbit" will die due to straight economics. The all-powerful marketplace rules.

Dec 14, 2014
I might be more inclined to believe there is a problem is the political leaders acted as if there were.

Go Canada.

Drill here, drill now.

"The polar bears will be fine" - Freeman Dyson

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