Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Quebec not doing well on the environment

according to our great environment minister. Jim Prentice says that Quebec should have a plan which is like the US and Canada: a weak plan which lets polluters keep polluting. He especially criticized the new tax on gas-guzzling vehicles that will come into play in 2017. Prentice thinks that because 75% of cars do not meet the standards, Quebecers will go to other provinces to buy automobiles. Nevertheless, he ignores that automakers have seven years to come up with more fuel efficient cars. When companies have an opportunity to make a profit, they will innovate like never before. Quebec's plan is great, and we can only hope that others will follow.
Quebec and California are members of the Western Climate Initiative, composed of seven states and four provinces. They hope to press their respective federal governments to take a tougher stance on climate change.
In his speech, Prentice said Canada should align its greenhouse-gas cuts with the United States, indirectly criticizing Quebec's ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent in 2020, from 1990 levels.
"One of the most glaring examples of the folly of attempting to go it alone in an integrated North American economy is the new, and unique, vehicle regulations introduced by Quebec," he said.


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