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Abandoning Trans Mountain harms economic prosperity and climate action: Arthur Hoole for Inside Policy – MLI

The Trudeau government must act deliberately and quickly now to build the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. The full force of Canada’s constitutional mandate should be brought to bear to make this happen.

The project’s support and approval is a key element in advancing Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, Canada’s contribution to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Paris Agreement, and the government’s intention to fully implement the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Canada will suffer an immense blow to our national prosperity and severe setbacks in our efforts to fight global warming if the project is abandoned.

The UN Paris Agreement aims to hold global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels. Canada has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. We’re still a long way from meeting that goal amid the acrimonious ‘pipeline politics’ that has materialized. All of this is playing out against the backdrop of relentless growth in global fossil fuel consumption.

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