Nov 24, 2015
By Michael Kramer
The provincial Liberals have released Ontario’s long-term strategy to fight climate change – and critics are denouncing it.
They say it contains little new information about the government’s goals – or how it plans to achieve them.
The Liberals say details will come in a five-year action plan – as well as rules and regulations for its planned cap-and-trade system – all to come later.
The long-term climate “master plan” highlights many moves the government has already made – like shutting down coal-fired plants – along with greenhouse gas emission reduction targets it has already set.
The plan envisions a low-carbon economy, a carbon-neutral government sector, more energy efficient buildings and more electric vehicles on the roads.
But NDP critic Peter Tabuns called the climate change strategy “a re-announcement of an announcement to come.”
He suggests the Wynne Liberals want to capitalize on the attention that Alberta’s newly released climate change plan received.
And Mike Schreiner – leader of the Green Party of Ontario – says he didn’t hear anything new but at least the Liberals are “moving the conversation forward.”