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As if we needed more proof of the breathtaking media double standard at play in covering Justin Trudeau compared to Stephen Harper, the overwhelming underreaction to news Trudeau has adopted Harper’s greenhouse gas reduction targets proves the point beyond all doubt.
Where is the media/activist outrage, considering how hot and bothered so many have been for so long about Harper’s so-called unambitious emission targets, which are now, officially, Trudeau’s targets?
If I had a $1 for every time I’ve read some pundit screeching about Harper’s unambitious targets over the past few years, I could afford to eat at the fine French restaurants senior Environment Canada officials gorged their way through last December in Paris at the United Nations’ climate change conference.
Where are they now?
The news the Trudeau Liberals, having previously attacked Harper’s targets as inadequate, have now adopted them, came out Sunday on CTV’s Question Period.
Ironically, it came courtesy of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who had previously dismissed Harper’s targets as the “floor”, implying the Liberals would improve on them.
This was huge news to anyone following the climate file.
More so because the next day Trudeau was in New York hosting a UN meeting, prior to his speech to the UN General Assembly Tuesday.
This would be the same UN that is the global arbiter of international climate change negotiations, including the climate treaty talks in Paris last December to which Trudeau dragged a Canadian delegation that was twice the size of the American one and three times that of the UK’s.
Proclaiming “Canada is back”, we now know Trudeau really meant to say, “Canada is back … to Harper’s targets.”
So, where’s the outrage? Where are the thundering editorials and columns?
Why aren’t environmental activists who regularly went nutso over the alleged inadequacy of Harper’s targets not demonstrating in the streets at this shameless, cynical climbdown by Trudeau?
Where are the Fossil Fool awards for Trudeau that were mockingly awarded to Harper?
Cue the crickets.
Unlike others now revealing themselves to be in the bag for Trudeau, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, at least, has condemned the Liberal flip flop, in a strong statement headlined: “Liberals cave on climate — leaving weak Conservative targets in place.”
“This news is nothing short of a disaster for the climate,” May said. “Minister McKenna always said the Harper-era target for greenhouse gas emissions – among the weakest in the industrialized world – would be ‘the floor,’ and Prime Minister Trudeau claimed we would ‘meet or exceed’ those previous targets. It is clear that the Harper target is incompatible with the Paris Agreement – to avoid going above 2 degrees Celsius and strive to hold global average temperature to no more than … 1.5 degrees C, above what they were before the Industrial Revolution. Yet today, Minister McKenna abandoned any real commitment to avoid 1.5 degrees or even 2 degrees, even though her leadership in Paris helped get the treaty to embrace this necessary long-term goal.”
Even David Suzuki, who once called for jailing Harper for intergenerational climate crimes against humanity, noted in a Huffington Post column last month before Trudeau made the Liberal adoption of Harper’s targets official, that, for all his rhetoric, Trudeau hadn’t changed Harper’s numbers.
But since the current media narrative is that, unlike Harper, Trudeau is no climate denier, it’s like a tree falling in the forest that no one hears. We’re supposed to believe the tree never fell.