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Liberal plans for Net Zero infrastructure by 2050

A re-elected Liberal government will strive for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

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September 25, 2019 by canadiancontractor

The following is from a report in the National Post regarding Liberals election platform as it relates to the Global Warming agenda:

A re-elected Liberal government will strive for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, promised Liberal candidate and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on Tuesday morning.“Net-zero means some sectors could still emit carbon pollution, but these emissions would be offset by other actions — such as planting trees,” a Liberal news release says. McKenna said the penalties for breaking the zero emissions mandate would be figured out down the road.

McKenna said the government will set legally-binding, five-year milestones to achieve the plan and convene a panel of experts to recommend the best way to achieve net-zero emissions. The government also plans to help workers access to the training and “new opportunities needed to succeed in the future economy.”

McKenna also took the opportunity to take some shots at Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

“Some politicians — Conservative politicians — want to stop this progress. They want to follow Doug Ford’s example,” said McKenna.

And from Reuters:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party will “help workers prepare for a clean energy transition,” the release said.

Trudeau and the Liberals face a difficult reelection campaign, with a resurgent Green party on the left and in the wake of a blackface scandal which has soured voters toward him.

Although Trudeau’s government implemented a national carbon tax, he has faced harsh criticism from climate-focused voters, particularly in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast, for purchasing the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan to ensure its construction.

The net-zero announcement comes just days after thousands protested for action on climate change, including in cities across Canada, with more strikes planned for Friday.

Net-zero carbon emissions means that some sectors could still pollute, but their carbon would be offset by other measures.

The Liberal press release notes that many other governments, including the European Union, have already made a commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“It is time for Canada to join governments and leading businesses around the world … in order to further tackle the worsening climate crisis,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said.

The Liberal plan also includes setting legally binding five-year milestones and appointing a group of scientists and economists to advise on the path to a net-zero economy.

Reporting by Moira Warburton; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Chizu Nomiyama



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