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Canada targeting 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050: Greenpeace

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Greenpeace Canada has revealed that the Canadian government is targeting a huge reduction in emissions by 2050 – 80 per cent below 2005 levels.

The information was shared by Greenpeace Canada on Wednesday that Canadian delegation attending the United Nations climate change conference COP22 had indicated that they are going in this direction. However, none of the members of the Canadian delegation has yet confirmed this report. Caitlin Workman, a spokeswoman for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, did not respond to a request for comment made by The Canadian Press.

According to what Greenpeace revealed, Canada will be coming up with a strategy that will include doubling production of clean energy and increasing energy produced from biomass. Further, chances are that there will be huge push towards integrating electrical transport networks between the provinces as well as U.S. states.

The report comes on the same day as another report by Greenpeace where it has lambasted the Canadian government for not having gotten the message about “trying to figure out how to increase global climate ambition in wake of the disastrous election” in America.

The report cites a story on the National Observer that talks about statements made by Minister Carr on how a single approval of the Keystone XL south of the border wouldn’t satisfy the Canadian or Albertan government. Instead the government will continue to push (and potentially approve) more new tarsands pipelines.

Greenpeace points out that approval of just one tarsands pipeline would put Canada’s climate commitments out of reach. If the government goes ahead with approval of two, three, or even four it would mean Canada’s climate ambition are officially over before they even started. Greenpeace also points out that new tarsands pipelines also aren’t in-line with the Alberta governments own proposed legislation. The Alberta government recently set a cap on oilsands emission of 100 MT.

New pipelines also go against both the Canadian and Albertan government’s commitments to respect Indigenous Rights and to implement the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Over 86 Nations and Tribes have declared their opposition to new tarsands pipelines because of the threats they would bring to their lands, waters, and rights. Pushing pipelines through Nations that don’t want them would not only be a stake in any government to government relationship building but would be met with an overwhelming opposition as well, Greenpeace notes.

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