Ecology Ottawa blasts provincial government's climate plan

By Alex Robinson, 1310 News, December 1, 2018

A local environmental group says the provincial government's recently-announced climate plan will squander the progress the city has made in fighting climate change.

The Progressive Conservative government's new plan included significantly reducing the province's emissions targets. While the former government committed to cutting greenhouse case emissions by 37 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030, Premier Doug Ford's government has said it will cut emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Ecology Ottawa's executive director, Robb Barnes, said the new policy is "utterly reckless" and the "opposite of evidence-based." The organization said the new plan threatens municipal climate plans such as Ottawa's that rely on price signals from carbon pricing.

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