Canada, if Trudeau wins, to hit net zero emissions by 2050: minister

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna pledged that the country would achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050
Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna pledged that the country would achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government pledged on Tuesday to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, if re-elected in an upcoming ballot.

The campaign announcement by his environment minister, Catherine McKenna, follows an emotional speech by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg at the UN summit on Monday in which she accused of betraying her generation by failing to tackle .

"Young people such as Greta Thunberg are driving this debate with their words and their actions," McKenna said in announcing Canada's pledge.

"They are holding us accountable," she said. "Even if their words may be pointed, their message is too important to ignore.

"We're in an election right now, so we can't go to the with any pledges about the future.

"But it's up to Canadians to decide in this election whether we keep on moving forward on protecting the environment and building on our climate plan, or whether we go backwards."

The world's top scientists believe long-term temperature rise must be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels to prevent runaway warming.

But the level of emissions being released into the atmosphere have risen to an all-time high, triggering global weather hazards from to intense hurricanes and raging wildfires.

The UN estimates that the world needs to increase its current efforts five-fold to contain climate change.

The summit in New York aimed to reinvigorate the faltering Paris agreement on .

Ahead of the summit, the United Nations issued a release saying 66 countries vowed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, along with 10 regions, 102 cities, and scores of businesses.

This is seen a vital goal in preventing catastrophic longer term damage.

McKenna noted that Canada is warming at twice the global average and its Arctic region at three times the pace, creating an "existential threat" for Inuit peoples of the north.

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Sep 25, 2019
2050?? But by then we will all be dead from heat stoke, or mega typhoons, biblical rains, monster hail stones, starvation from crop failures, dormant plagues reawakening, the collapse of the financial systems, wars caused by people trying to survive, oh the pain, oh the agony, oh Greta, oh wise one, please save us all from the destruction of the Earth by our own greed and stupidity. Go for Canada first, give 'em hell and don't let up till they cut their time line to 2045.

Sep 25, 2019
Kinda glad I didn't move to Canada with that kind of leadership...although saying that, the UK is a mess at the moment anyway.

Sep 27, 2019
Well considering the end of the world has been made several times in the past:

Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor, wrote in 1970, "Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine."

And in the early 2000's it was by 2020 for irreversible climate change. By 2010 it was by 2030 and just last year it has been pushed to 2040 and now 2050...

This PM's father was nothing but bad for Canada and his son out did him by being the worst PM in Canada's history. No other PM had ever done black face even when it was acceptable

Sep 27, 2019
No other PM has ever been found guilty of ethics violations (not once but twice). No other PM has ever tried what he did with SNC and made all pertinent information redacted... isn't he the one who went on about Open initiative, Open data, Open government...

What an F'ing liar. Anyone who votes for that idiot will harm "the children" more than climate ever will. I will have to retire in a different country if I want modern medicine since this country stopped innovating in the 70's and has been stuck there since. Thanks to the first Truedope and the second one is going to finish the job and sell out this whole country to the highest bidder, never mind he's such a slut that anyone would do.

Sep 27, 2019
BTW I'm only a couple of years younger than this moron and by the time I started high school in 1990 black face was totally not acceptable where I grew up (a shit hole backward little hick town filled with racists). Doing this at 29 is not defensible and those who do defend him deserve the retirement they get (in a ditch, face down).

Sep 29, 2019
How about net zero Truedope by November 2019.
Better, more feasible, don't you think?

I'm going to make a T-Shirt.

Sep 29, 2019
So it's bad Canada is going to reduce emissions?


Sep 29, 2019
if you you really want to stop emissions mass sterilization is the answer , fastest growing pops first

Sep 29, 2019
Snoose, your thinking is just too long-term.
A very effective short-term plan would be to rid the planet of the ~700 million grandmas and grandpas, who are way past their expiry dates. Just imagine in just one night, the press of a pillow, as they lay peacefully in slumber.

Sep 29, 2019
hmm i dunno , the replacements would come on pretty fast

Sep 29, 2019
Now that you have said it, you are totally right snoose. I'm sitting here distracted by how much snow has fallen in the last ~40 hours. It's still coming down, so it will make for an interesting day, on the roads, tomorrow.

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