The leak that counts is emissions: Greenpeace - Baird's U-turn still leaves Canada behind the curve



    TORONTO, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace today said the leak that
matters is Canada's soaring greenhouse gas emissions, not the environment
minister's speech. While banning inefficient lighting is positive, it will not
stop the house over-heating dangerously.
    "Canadians have heard lofty promises to cut emissions by 20 per cent
before-from the Liberals in 1993," said Dave Martin, Greenpeace's climate and
energy campaigner.  "The only difference is that our emissions are now far
higher.  The bottom line is Canada won't meet Kyoto's 2012 target until 2024. 
It is simply not good enough.
    "Whether Ottawa is blue or red, Canada still isn't green. We are behind
most of the industrialized world and the leak that counts is Canada's carbon
emissions, not a speech," said Martin. He said he is fearful that Thursday's
climate announcement will keep Canada behind countries that recognize
sustainability and prosperity go hand in hand.
    "Now that John Baird needs a new speech, let's hope he also takes a new
approach ," he said. "One that firmly commits to Kyoto. With the climate in
crisis, Canadians deserve better than tit-for-tat bickering that lets
emissions soar."
    Greenpeace called on Baird to ensure that tomorrow's announcement
contains:

    
        1. A firm commitment to Kyoto that is unqualified and uncompromised
        2. Caps on industrial emissions to reduce overall climate-changing
           emissions
        3. Comprehensive climate change plan with access to all Kyoto trading
           mechanisms and funding to address impacts, prevention and
           adaptation
    

    "We welcome Mr. Baird's admission today that his government needs a
U-turn on climate policy," said Jos Higginson, a climate campaigner. "But even
with the so-called U-turn, Canada will remain stuck behind the curve."
    Greenpeace reiterated its support for the rewritten Clean Air Act,
supported by all opposition parties. With all three opposition parties putting
bills or motions before the Commons calling for real cuts on Kyoto's targets,
she said it's time for Prime Minister Harper to listen-by keeping Canada's
Kyoto promise to the world.
    "Today's announcement falls short. It plays games with targets to get
good headlines today-but more bad news for the climate down the road,"
Higginson said. "We challenge John Baird to make a real U-turn tomorrow."




For further information:

For further information: Dave Martin, Greenpeace climate and energy
coordinator, (416) 627-5004; Jos Higginson, Greenpeace climate campaigner,
(416) 996-5679; Jane Story, Greenpeace communications, (416) 930-9055


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