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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

More Good News From Quebec

From the article:
Quebec is taking the final step in its break from Ottawa on climate change, unveiling an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gases and blasting the federal government for inaction only a few weeks before a major international environmental conference

Premier Jean Charest announced Monday that, by 2020, the province will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 per cent below 1990 levels, a goal similar to the target the European Union has adopted.

Ontario and British Columbia are the only other provinces with emission-reduction targets. Ontario plans to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 15 per cent below the 1990 level by 2020. B.C. plans to reduce emissions by 33 per cent below 2007 levels, which Quebec said is the equivalent of about a 14-per-cent reduction below 1990 levels by 2020.

Ottawa's intended target is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 by 3 per cent below 1990 levels. Mr. Charest urged the federal government to be more aggressive, or face a challenge from Quebec and other provinces before the international community.

“We will defend the Quebec position [in Copenhagen]. We won't be shy about it. Furthermore, we are part of a decentralized federation. Once decisions are taken we [the provinces] have the responsibility of enforcing them,” Mr. Charest said. 

I think I'm in love with Mr. Charest!

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