Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, announced that Canada will be joining the US in order to move toward a green North American Free Trade Agreement.
By now, we know the Liberals have a difficult time with solid answers when it comes to Canada’s own energy strategy, but they have no problem making deals and commitments with other countries. We saw this through the Paris Climate talks when they pledged billions of dollars to climate change strategies in other countries.
Carr was recently in Calgary side stepping questions and unable to give straight answers on Canadian pipelines, but while our new government advances energy strategies in other parts of the world, we stand back as the US backs a 900 km long pipeline in Kenya, doing this just days after rejecting Keystone XL citing the carbon footprint associated as the reason. And as for Mexico, two major pipeline projects have been authorized to transport natural gas across the US-Mexican border.
Where is the outrage from the activists on these projects if they’re considered to be harmful to the environment? The truth is that behind all of this hypocrisy, pipelines aren’t really detrimental to the environment in fact, they’re the safest way to transport hydrocarbons. What this is really all about is advancing individual energy strategies, in which Canada desperately needs one of its own.
The US hasn’t passed any significant laws on climate change and continues to be the second in line for highest GHG and CO2 emissions. And Canada has passed several legal provisions, with Alberta being the province with the highest numbers when it comes to climate change legislation. If the Liberal government is really serious about global warming, why are we taking the lead from a country that is failing when it comes to climate change measures?