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Deal sort of reached on national climate plan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a national climate change agreement with the exception of two holdout provinces — Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

From the Globe and Mail (“Trudeau reaches historic deal on national climate plan“):

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister would not sign the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change, while British Columbia Premier Christy Clark postponed any commitment to increase her province’s carbon tax in line with the federal schedule.

Ms. Clark created some drama late in the afternoon when she emerged from the meeting to say she would not sign a deal unless the Prime Minister agreed on a mechanism to ensure carbon pricing was being done fairly across the country. B.C. already has a $30 carbon tax and the Premier demanded assurances that all the provinces will meet an equivalent price before she commits her province to hiking it to $50 a tonne by 2022, in line with the target set by Ottawa.

Minutes after she returned to the meeting, provincial officials signalled she had won the concession she was demanding and would sign the deal. Federal officials insist Mr. Trudeau was willing all along to meet her demands and dismissed her public statement as a “stunt.”

A few hours after she spoke, the Prime Minister and the premiers emerged to announce a wide-ranging agreement that includes not only carbon pricing but efforts to eliminate coal-fired power, reduce the carbon content of motor fuels, invest in renewable energy and electricity infrastructure, and support clean-technology and energy efficiency.

Trudeau accepted the old Stephen Harper-led Conservative government’s target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.  That is the target Canada agreed to in last year’s Paris agreement on climate change at COP21.

Fri, December 9 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page