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Canadian Lawmakers Pass Climate Change Act

Canada’s House of Commons passed the New Democrat Climate Change Accountability Act in a final vote of 149 to 136. The legislation will reduce greenhouse gases by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, reports Winnipeg Free Press.

The legislation, also known as Bill-C311, is more stringent than the Harper government’s goal of a 17 percent emissions cut from 2005 levels by 2020, which matches the Obama administration’s targets in the United States.

The bill still has to be approved by the Senate before it becomes law, reports the Toronto Sun.

The legislation also establishes a long-term target to reduce GHG emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. It also allows the government to establish regulations to meet the targets and set penalties for those who violate the regulations under the Act.

Meanwhile, in the U.S. after several delays, the Senate is expected to unveil its climate change bill next week, reports Reuters. But it’s not likely to have the support of Republican lawmaker Lindsey Graham, who walked away from Senate talks on climate legislation over the Democrats plans to work on immigration legislation this year.

Democratic Senator John Kerry, who took lead on the legislation, told Reuters that Graham “stands by” the bill, but said immigration reform is also still on the table for the Senate discussion.

Independent Senator Joe Lieberman also said in the article that offshore oil drilling provisions of the climate bill were under discussion in the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The bill is expected to now include much stronger protection for coastal areas, where there are concerns about possible offshore drilling.

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3 thoughts on “Canadian Lawmakers Pass Climate Change Act

  1. This would be great news if it were 30 years ago when we first realized we were killing ourselves. Now it’s too little too late. Besides, CO2 is only one of the symptoms of overpopulation. Dr. James Lovelock has it right. He predicts a population reduction of about 6 billion in the next hundred years and states that humans are too stupid to stop climate change. I agree, else we wouldn’t have gotten ourselves into this mess in the first place.

  2. Think about it. Of course, it makes perfect sense in terms of Canadian self-interest. That’s a natural position for Canada to take since it is one of the few countries that stands to gain riches from global warming. According to the National Intelligence Council (See http://www.global-warming-forecasts.com/2025-climate-change-global-warming-2025.php ):

    “Canada will be spared several serious North American climate-related developments— intense hurricanes and withering heat waves—and climate change could open up millions of square miles to development. Access to the resource-rich Hudson Bay would be improved, and being a circumpolar power ringing a major portion of a warming Arctic could be a geopolitical and economic bonus. Additionally, agricultural growing seasons will lengthen, net energy demand for heating/cooling will likely drop, and forests will expand somewhat into the tundra. However, not all soil in Canada can take advantage of the change in growing season, and some forest products are already experiencing damage due to changes in pest infestation enabled by warmer climates.” (National Intelligence Council, Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, November 2008, p. 52)

  3. Have you seen what global warming is projected to do to the salmon industry and the fish oil and food supplements industries? See http://www.order-salmon.com/salmon-global-warming-salmon-climate-change.php It will take your breath away. Things have got to start happening soon to correct this. Coal-fired power plants are going to destroy the salmon and fish oil industry. They are contaminating salmon and driving up the price. Is coal cheap? Not really. Not when fish oil processors have spend millions filtering out all of the gunk and poison that the utility coal industries have dumped in there. Makes you wonder why the salmon industry and the food supplements industry don’t sue utilities that burn coal.
    Beth

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