CHALLINOR POLICY PROPOSAL
ON GLOBAL WARMING
- Global greenhouse gas emissions have increased annually since 2017 and are expected to increase again in 2020. Canadian GHG emissions are about 18 percent above where they are supposed to be in 2020. Canada accounts for less than 1.6 percent of global GHG emissions. Even if our country were to achieve its objectives, that would not result in a reduction of global GHG emissions;
- Canada’s current GHG emission reduction plan, for which its national carbon tax measure represents its primary solution, will not meet the targets the Federal Government has committed to;
- Under the current plan, for Canada to meet those targets would require closing the equivalent of the country’s entire electricity sector or its entire agricultural sector or its entire heavy industry sector within 12 months, thus crippling our country’s economy. Even doing that will not guarantee domestic GHG emission reduction achievement;
- As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau quite rightly stated on Tout Le Monde En Parle in 2018, “Even if Canada stopped everything tomorrow and the other countries didn’t have any solutions, it wouldn’t make a big difference.”
- As Federal Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan correctly stated during an interview on CBC’s The House in September 2020, “We have not seen a model where we can get to net zero emissions by 2050 without nuclear. The fact of the matter is that it produces zero emissions.”
- Canada is the global leader in nuclear energy development, implementation and management. Canada is also the global leader in carbon capture development, implementation and management. Canada is a leader in international banking. Canada is also a leader in packaged goods materials recycling. Canada is the fourth largest producer in the world of natural gas – a realistic alternative to coal in the operation of electrical power plants in China, India and Europe, where most of the global GHG emissions emanate from;
- In order to reduce global GHG emissions, which will help it achieve its domestic targets, Canada needs to aggressively market and establish a made-in-Canada nuclear powered electrical generation solution, complete with a made-in-Canada financing solution, for China, India and Europe. In the interim, Canada needs to aggressively market and establish a made-in-Canada carbon capture solution for placement adjacent to the world’s existing coal-fired electrical generation plants, particularly in China, India and Europe;
- Canada needs to aggressively approve and construct liquefied natural gas pipelines to its coasts for the export of an LNG solution to China, India and Europe, as such a technology emits significantly less GHG emissions than coal, thus helping the world and Canada to reduce their respective emissions;
- Canada needs to work with the provinces and industry to establish the regulatory framework for industry to finance and operate packaged goods recycling programs nationally, including the collection of aluminum, batteries, cardboard, computer equipment, construction materials, glass, plastic, steel, etc.
- Canada needs to place a carbon tax solely on those domestic commercial and industrial enterprises that are responsible for emitting most of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.