Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ambrose's No Objective Act

A decade ago, Canada signed the Kyoto Protocol when the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) was reigning and the objectives were not fulfilled. Yesterday, in the nation's capital, Environment minister Rona Ambrose announced the release of her government's "made-in-Canada" Clean Air Act that is supposed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half.

Environment minister Rona Ambrose
Photo Canadian Press

Unfortunately, this plan, "which aims to protect human health and the environment by taking an integrated approach to reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions" according to the Ministry of Environment, will only be meant to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2050.

As strange as it might look, Ambrose wants the Canadian government to take action in order to secure our environment. However, the Tory government doesn't necessarily notice that the Clean Air Act is a pathetic parliamentary initiative of idleness. The astounding amateurism of the Tories in terms of environment can be reflected in their lack of willingness to set clear national objectives.

After all, does the government really care about Canadians when its major members announced for instance that by 2025, the national targets for the smog and ozone levels will be set? Asking the question is like answering to it. Rona Ambrose took an action just to look good in the public opinion. However, her visible inactivity reflects the lack of initiatives that are meant to really secure the nation's environment. By 2025, the air quality would have worsened and I'll spare you the details about what will happen to Canada's environment in 2050 if the population blindly follow the Tories.

As it was mentioned in the official text about the Clean Air Act, the government wants to deal roughly with the industrial polluters. The problem is that this will only be done in 2010. The improvement of our environment can only be guaranteed if Rona Ambrose tries immediately to set national objectives by dealing with the industrial polluters (i.e. factories, oil producers), the vehicle emissions standards and so on. Unfortunately, this shows us that Prime minister Stephen Harper doesn't want to severely maim the oil industry, because don't forget that some oil magnates are right behind him.

The question is: to deal or not to deal with the industrial polluters, the biggest source of population in Canada? Well, the Conservative Party doesn't want to lose their support coming from the people of the oil industry. This deplorable accommodation with the industrial polluters clearly draws a line between the principles of the Conservative Party and to that of the Canadians. Like we all say:"Enough with this twaddle and start taking action!"








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