June 20, 2006

June 20, 2006: The long one & Election Misleading on Kyoto

Yesterday, I posted a small part of this (The short form) in a post entitled:
June 19, 2006: Kyoto, Activists, Dhaliwal, Taxpayers -&- Memory Lane
as part of "Kyoto, Activists, Dhaliwal .......... & Taxpayers will take up the slack". -- as part of
A PETITION TO THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF CANADA



There is even more if you are interested. Could we now say anyone lied mislead?

The long one -- more details

What were those Liberal government statements and promises about Kyoto before, during and after the Jan. 23, 06 election?

Search: emissions increased , emissions will increase , a 50 percent increase , "the industry would not be required to reduce its emissions by more than 15 percent (since reduced to 12 percent" ,
[Herb] Dhaliwal , December 18, 2002

Office of the Auditor General of Canada -- re: respecting federal tax and other subsidies to the oil and gas industry



A PETITION TO THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF CANADA
pursuant to s. 21.1 of the Auditor General Act

respecting federal tax and other subsidies to the oil and gas industry
that undermine government spending and regulations aimed at complying with
the Kyoto Protocol and fighting climate change.

for the Ministers of Finance, Environment, Industry, and Natural Resources.
October 3, 2005
Petitioners:
Mr. Charles Caccia, c/o Institute of the Environment
Friends of the Earth Canada
Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development
Sierra Legal Defence Fund


The petition is directed at the [Liberal] Ministers of Finance, Environment, Industry, and Natural Resources.
[....]
WE PETITION THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TO REQUEST:
[....]
State whether the government completed any cost assessment prior to guaranteeing to CAPP that the oil and gas industry would not be required to reduce emissions by more than 15 percent on an emissions intensity basis12 and that any cost reduction to the industry over $15 per tonne would be covered by the federal taxpayer.13
[....]
7. Under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Canada committed to `aim' to bring its GHG emissions back down to 1990 levels by the year 2000.19
8. Canada first agreed to its current reduction target under the Kyoto Protocol in 1997.
9. The Kyoto Protocol entered into legal force on February 16, 2005.
10. Canadian GHG emissions increased by 24 percent or 144Mt between 1990 and 2003.20
11. Canada's projected Kyoto compliance gap is 270Mt.21
12. Overall Canadian GHG emissions will increase to 840Mt annually by 2010 (from 610Mt in 199022) based on business-as-usual projections compared with a reduction target of 570Mt (or 6 percent below 1990 levels).
13. A significant part of the increase in Canadian GHG emissions since 1990 is from the oil and gas industry with a 50 percent increase in its emissions.23
[....]
22. Since Canada first agreed to its 6 percent Kyoto reduction target in 1997 it has spent more than two times as much on tax subsidies to the oil and gas industry as it has spent on achieving its Kyoto target.33
23. The federal Department of Finance has estimated that the oil sands sector—a fast growing part of the oil and gas industry—will receive about $816 million34 in federal tax subsidies in the period 1996-2010 based on investment levels projected in 1999.35 Projected investment levels have since increased substantially.36
24. On December 18, 2002—one day after Canada's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol—the Minister of Natural Resources wrote to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)37 assuring the industry that its cost ceiling for GHG reduction would not be more than $15 per tonne and that the industry would not be required to reduce its emissions by more than 15 percent (since reduced to 12 percent38) on an emissions intensity basis: [....]
10Under the Notice of Intent to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from Large Final Emitters posted July 16, 2005 in the Canada Gazette, LFEs will have an effective reduction target of 36Mt.
See http://
canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2005/20050716/pdf/g1-13929.pdf
Approximately 270Mt of reductions are needed to comply with the Kyoto Protocol. The contribution of LFEs to Canadian emissions is estimated at approximately 50 percent. See Project Green—Moving Forward on Climate Change. 2005. Environment Canada, at p. 12, 14.

11Notice of Intent to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from Large Final Emitters, Canada Gazette, July 16, 2005.
http://
canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2005/20050716/pdf/g1-13929.pdf

12 This has been reduced to 12 percent under Project Green.

13 Letter to CAPP from the Hon. Herb Dhaliwal dated December 18, 2002. That the public will cover the difference is in our view implicit in the letter, given the government commitment to shield oil and gas from higher costs.
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