‘Clean hands’, climate change and the problem with saying Canada’s not the problem

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/climate-change-carbon-pricing-peter-mackay-conservative-party-1.5482284

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Peter MacKay isn’t saying he would do nothing to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. But he does have a narrow reading of the degree to which Canada shares the blame for climate change. While MacKay has said Canada has an “obligation” to do “our part,” he also has cast doubt on whether Canada can meet its target for 2030. He has twice said that “we’re not the problem” and has described Canada’s share of global emissions — 1.6 per cent — as “miniscule.” His most forceful statement on the issue of climate change so far may have been a colourful analogy involving nudity and organic produce.