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“Canada’s carbon stockpile is its problem,” says Bill McKibben

“We need Canada to keep that stuff under the ground. It should man up and show some responsibility to the planet.”

No 1947 Posted by fw, April 30, 2017

“He [Trudeau] went to Houston three weeks ago and told the oil industry that he was going to dig up 173 billion barrels of oil in the Alberta tar sands. That’s 30 percent of the planet’s carbon budget to get us to 1.5°C. Canada’s one-half percent of the world’s population. They don’t get a third of the planet’s atmosphere. Trudeau exemplifies the kind of politician who says all the right things – which is better than our guy who won’t say anything – says all the right things and does the wrong things.”Bill McKibben, The Real News Network

Bill McKibben did a 2-minute video interview at yesterday’s World Climate March in Washington. Dimitri Lascaris, of The Real News Network, asked Bill to elaborate on a critical comment that he had made in an op-ed piece in The Guardian about Canada’s PM Trudeau being “a disaster for the planet.” (That op-ed is reposted on this blog under the title Trudeau’s pipe dream to ship carbon worldwide is a disaster for the planet, says Bill McKibben)

Below is an embedded video of the interview along with my transcript. Note Lascaris’ error when he says “we have only one and one-half [sic] percent of the global population”; in fact, Canada has only one-half a percent of the world’s population, as McKibben correctly stated.

To watch the video, without the transcript, click on the following linked title.

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Bill McKibben explains his critique of Justin Trudeau by The Real News Network, April 29, 2017

TRANSCRIPT

Dimitri Lascaris –You authored an op-ed in The Guardian recently which got a lot of attention from the progressive and environmental community in Canada. Many of us would agree with the sentiments that you expressed in that op-ed. Essentially your message was that Justin Trudeau is a disaster for the planet. Could you elaborate on why you have that view?

Bill McKibben – What I was saying was, the things he’s talking about doing in Canada are good – about emissions reductions and things – and he was terrific in Paris when he set this goal, helped the planet set a goal of 1.5°C. Canada was essential in getting that very good goal.

He went to Houston three weeks ago and told the oil industry that he was going to dig up 173 billion barrels of oil in the Alberta tar sands. That’s 30 percent of the planet’s carbon budget to get us to 1.5°C. Canada’s one-half percent of the world’s population. They don’t get a third of the planet’s atmosphere. Trudeau exemplifies the kind of politician who says all the right things – which is better than our guy who won’t say anything – says all the right things and does the wrong things.

Dimitri Lascaris – Could I just follow up with one question. One thing you often hear from Canadians who aren’t particularly sympathetic to the needs of the climate and to the environment is — Yes we have only one and one-half [sic] percent of the global population but our collective emissions are a fraction, for example. of those of China … [crosstalk]

Bill McKibben – It doesn’t matter – Canada’s carbon stockpile is its problem. Just like the Brazilians kept the rain forests standing, more or less, so far, we need Canada to keep that stuff under the ground. Brazil was a poor country, Canada is a rich one. It should man up and show some responsibility to the planet. That’s so it seems to me.

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