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Evidence-packed article buries Trudeau, discrediting his pretence to care about climate change

Trudeau’s “climate action charade will fool Canadians for only so long”, says climate activist

No 2038 Posted by fw, August 23, 2017

“In a June Rolling Stone article, “How to Tell If Your Reps Are Serious About Climate Change”, Bill McKibben wrote “that it’s not enough for elected officials to say they believe in climate science.” He lists three simple criteria for determining whether politicians are serious enough about climate to pass the test: 1) They are committed to converting to 100 percent renewable energy; 2) They will work to keep remaining fossil fuels in the ground, and 3) They understand that natural gas could be the most dangerous fuel of all.”Rolly Montpellier, Below2°C

Not only did Trudeau fail McKibben’s acid test, Rolly Montpelier buries Trudeau with enough evidence to discredit, once-and-for-all, the PM’s pretence to care about climate change.

Montpelier, co-founder of Below2°C, a climate advocate, climate communicator, blogger, and member of 350.Org (Ottawa), closes his damning piece on Trudeau this way:

“Justin Trudeau is an artful practitioner of public messaging intended for mass consumption by a receptive but naive Canadian public. But even the slick Trudeau profile (the nice hair and flashy socks) does not hide his government’s glaring climate hypocrisy. Our Prime Minister’s climate action charade will fool Canadians for only so long. We Canadians want to believe that we are acting quickly on the climate problem. But we are not. We are just pretending.”

Below is a repost of the article with my added subheadings. As well, at the bottom is an embedded video clip of CBC’s Wendy Mesley’s interview of Naomi Klein, who closes with these unflattering words about Trudeau: “And I criticize Trump for being more of a brand than a politician, but frankly I think a lot of what we’re seeing from the Trudeau government is also more branding in public relations. It’s just a different brand.

To read Rolly Montpelier’s article on his website, click on the following linked title.

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Justin Trudeau – Climate Warrior or Climate Pretender by Rolly Montpellier, Below 2C, August 22, 2017

Naomi Klein accuses Trudeau “of only pretending to care about climate change”

In a recent interview with CBC’s Wendy Mesley, Naomi Klein (author of No Is Not Enough and This Changes Everything) accuses Prime Minister Trudeau of only pretending to care about climate change.

Is Trudeau “a climate warrior or a climate pretender”?

The debate about whether Trudeau is a climate warrior or a climate pretender started in December of 2015 during the Paris Agreement talks. It became quickly obvious that Canada has two climate faces. So how do we tell if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is just pretending to go along with the Paris Agreement? What are the tell-tale signs?

Bill McKibben’s test to tell if your politician is serous about climate change

In a June Rolling Stone article, How to Tell If Your Reps Are Serious About Climate Change, Bill McKibben wrote “that it’s not enough for elected officials to say they believe in climate science.” He lists three simple criteria for determining whether politicians are serious enough about climate to pass the test:

  1. They are committed to converting to 100 percent renewable energy;
  2. They will work to keep remaining fossil fuels in the ground, and
  3. They understand that natural gas could be the most dangerous fuel of all.

Trudeau Fails the Test

  1. Converting to 100 percent renewable energy

Team Trudeau has no plan to convert to 100% renewable energy

Trudeau’s Liberals have yet to articulate a plan to transition to a 100 percent renewable energy platform even though multiple reports indicate that new and emerging technologies make this decidedly feasible.

Canada’s clean tech industry is falling behind the competition, according to one study 

Celina Bak of Analytica Advisors reports that “investments to boost clean tech in the 2017 [federal] budget aren’t moving fast enough. Without quick access to capital, many of the biggest players in Canada’s $13-billion clean tech sector will fall behind global competitors”. The Analyitica Advisors’ 2017 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report shows that Canada’s clean tech profits are actually dropping and the industry’s market share has declined by 12 per cent from 2008 to 2015.

Canada’s current carbon emissions are trending upwards

Canada’s Paris targets call for a reduction of 200 MtCO2 by 2030, a reduction of 30 percent — from 724 MtCO2 to 523 MtCO2 below 2014 levels. Our current carbon emissions upward trajectory will make it virtually impossible to attain that target. Still there appears to be no sense of urgency to accelerate the transition to renewables.

Trudeau government is still subsidizing the oil industry

Perhaps the time is ripe for the federal government to switch its $3.3 billion in oil subsidies away from the fossil fuel sector in support a rapid transition to renewable energy.

Hope is not a strategy. Good intentions will not enable us to win. We have to actually execute ~ Celine Bak.

  1. Keeping fossil fuels in the ground

Trudeau is not keeping the “oil in the soil”, claims Oil Change International

Prime Minister Trudeau is doing everything but keeping fossil fuels in the ground as called for in Oil Change International’s report, The Sky’s Limit. According to OIC, not only must we stop exploring for more fossil fuel reserves, it is imperative to gradually scale down current operations in order to remain within the carbon budget limitations of the planet.

Trudeau has approved 2 pipelines, cheered Trump’s Keystone go-ahead, approved drilling in marine-protected waters

Trudeau has become the cheerleader-in-chief for Canada’s fossil fuel industry, approving two pipelines and cheering when Trump green-lighted Keystone. Trudeau has said that “there is not a country in the world that would find 170 billion barrels of oil and leave it in the ground”. Furthermore, he recently approved drilling in Canada’s largest marine protected area.

Trudeau ignores irrefutable evidence that “new pipeline capacity isn’t needed”

Trudeau is sticking to his pro-pipeline rhetoric even as evidence mounts that “new pipeline capacity isn’t needed” as reported in the The Energy Mix article about Trudeau’s fossil-climate dilemma. “The world is beginning to notice the incongruity of the prime minister’s messages…Promoting Alberta’s oil patch while embracing the urgency of mitigating carbon emissions is becoming ever less credible and harder to maintain, commentators both foreign and domestic observe.”

Trudeau’s a “stunning hypocrite” says McKibben

Bill McKibben has referred to Trudeau as a “stunning hypocrite…when it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate change,” because of his irreconcilable pro-climate and pro-fossil fuel stance.

  1. Understanding that Natural Gas is the most dangerous fuel

How’s this for foresight – In 2016 Trudeau approved an LNG project that was scrapped in 2017

Much as been said about natural gas being the bridge to a clean energy future. The primary argument supporting that myth is the fact that it is much cleaner than coal which is used extensively around the world. But natural gas consists mostly of methane which is a highly potent greenhouse gas, trapping 34 times more heat than carbon dioxide.

In September of 2016, Trudeau approved the Pacific Northwest Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project which was subsequently scrapped by Petronas and its partners due to depressed natural gas prices and a shifting energy industry beginning to move to a clean energy platform. In a world inundated in gas, combined with the thrust to reduce emissions globally, the window for natural gas is rapidly closing.

The New Denialism of the Climate Pretender

Trudeau’s façade of climate action is based on “doubt, fear, halftruths, mistruths and outright lies”

There’s a new type of climate denialism in Canada, a more subtle, nuanced and less visible version than the shameless denial of the past. It’s a new dis-ease that injects itself into the public discourse about climate change. Its tools are doubt, fear, halftruths, mistruths and outright lies. What makes it so despicable is its sneaky intent and willful blindness meant to deceive a vulnerable public. Its primary purpose is to create a facade of climate action.

“Trudeau is the embodiment of the new climate denialism”

This new denier is more sophisticated and calculating. Trudeau is the embodiment of the new climate denialism. He accepts the science of climate change, the need to price carbon, the need to transition to a clean energy tomorrow and the imperative to reduce carbon emissions. And yet, the gap between his climate rhetoric and his actions is becoming strikingly obvious.

He artfully exploits a receptive, naïve Canadian public

Justin Trudeau is an artful practitioner of public messaging intended for mass consumption by a receptive but naive Canadian public. But even the slick Trudeau profile (the nice hair and flashy socks) does not hide his government’s glaring climate hypocrisy.

His “climate action charade will fool Canadians for only so long”

Our Prime Minister’s climate action charade will fool Canadians for only so long. We Canadians want to believe that we are acting quickly on the climate problem. But we are not. We are just pretending.

RELATED

Author Naomi Klein on the Trump-branded presidency by CBC National News, June 18, 2017 — Klein’s criticism of Trudeau starts at the 8:22-minute mark. Her words appear below the video.

Wendy Mesley – You accused him of pretending to care about climate change, suggesting he’s a poser on that issue.

Naomi Klein – Well, I’m just looking at what they’re doing. I think their rhetoric on climate change is very good. I think Justin Trudeau has given some very strong speeches. He raised hopes of a lot of very vulnerable nations and then went home and approved two new tar sands pipelines …

Justin Trudeau (video clip) — “The Government of Canada has approved the Minder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project.”

Naomi Klein — … and celebrated when Donald Trump announced that he was going to be approving the Keystone XL pipeline. All of this is linked to Alberta’s plans to greatly increase production in the Alberta tar sands by between 40 and 50 percent, which is completely incompatible with the 2°C temperature target in the Paris Accord, let alone the 1.5°C. So, all I’m saying is the math doesn’t add up, right. And I criticize Trump for being more of a brand than a politician, but frankly I think a lot of what we’re seeing from the Trudeau government is also more branding in public relations. It’s just a different brand.

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