This expansion is largely dependent on the building of pipelines such as the Keystone XL. The Keystone is already a very controversial issue in the US. Resistance to the Keystone XL is the focus of climate activists across America and around the world. Public hearings on the pipeline open in Nebraska Thursday April 18.
The ruling Canadian Conservative government has said it is in line with other developed countries. However, the deal between the US, China, and Japan will make it very difficult for the Conservatives to continue making this claim.
While the leading world powers see the veracity of climate science and are moving forward on agreements to combat global warming causing GHGs, Canadian Conservative Revenue Minister Joe Oliver made the outlandish claim that “some scientists” say action on climate change is “not urgent” and that “there is no problem.”
As the world evolves well beyond the position of the current federal government, Canadians will have to decide whether they want to cement their nation’s tragic legacy as a leading contributor to climate change. The next federal election is scheduled for 2015.
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