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Harper says Canada won’t match U.S. carbon reduction targets

It’s long been a pillar of Conservative climate policy (such as it is) to be in lockstep with the U.S. on regulations with respect to greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts.

But that lasted as long as it takes for the U.S. to get more ambitious than Harper.

From the Globe and Mail (“Harper suggests Canada likely won’t match U.S. emissions targets“):

Canada has historically matched its targets with those set south of the border, a bar that was raised late last month when the U.S. said it would cut emissions by 26 per cent to 28 per cent by 2025, relative to 2005 levels, and is on track for an 80-per-cent cut by 2050.

However, at a media event in Winnipeg on Thursday, Mr. Harper suggested the lock-step approach with the U.S. is about to end.

“It’s unlikely our targets will be exactly the same as the United States’. But they will be targets of similar levels of ambition to other major industrialized countries,” the Prime Minister said. “And I will just say, broadly speaking, that there will have to be additional regulatory measures going forward to achieve these targets.”

It was unclear what types of regulations the government is contemplating. As recently as December, Mr. Harper said regulating carbon emissions in the oil industry would be “crazy” at a time of depressed crude prices.

Canada’s environmental record is likely to be raised often by the opposition in advance of a fall election.

A report last week prepared by Environment Canada suggested this country had little hope of meeting its international commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020. That pledge was made by Mr. Harper at a climate summit in Copenhagen six years ago.

Canada’s post-2020 targets will be released in May, the Prime Minister said.

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