A member of the Climate Leadership Team is disappointed with the Clark government plan to fight climate change.
Tzeporah Berman says of the thirty-two recommendations put forth by the team, the government has “touched on” eighteen of them, and the process is at best “watered down.”
“….Our plan would put us back on track to meeting the 2025 targets by reducing pollution by about twenty million tonnes by 2030….overall pollution….and their plan allows pollution to grow or remain steady for more than the next decade.”
She says zero of the recommendations have been accepted in full.
“…..It’s not really a climate leadership plan if we’re not reducing climate pollution.”
Berman says none of the recommendations would have come out of the blue if adopted.
“….I don’t think there was anything in our recommendations that would have been a big surprise. And I think the idea that they have to wait for the Federal government to put in place a plan is absurd. I mean, since when did we define “leadership” as waiting to see what other people do?”
Premier Clark says a key recommendation to hike the carbon tax in 2018 would drive businesses and jobs to other regions not under such a levy, so she’s decided against the increase.
Berman was speaking on the Simi Sara Show on CKNW.