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LETTER: Climate policy and flow charts

From reader Ron Robinson

I will confess that for big projects, I think flow charts are a useful graphic to map the path from start to completion.

In the context of the Dec. 20, 2019 news release from Environment and Climate Change Canada, I noticed part of their statement: “Canada will develop a plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and will set legally-binding, five-year emissions reductions milestones …”

Clearly, this represents a very bold climate policy commitment. What I would like to see from the federal government is a flow chart that describes how their current and future policies will guarantee arrival at that 2050 goal of net-zero. Currently, there seems to be a focus on the development and expansion of the fossil fuel sector with support from the federal government and I wonder how that would fit into the flow chart.

Ron Robinson

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