Rex Murphy: Newfoundland’s SOS falls on deliberately deaf ears

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Discussion posted by: Roger Overanout

At the rate things are going in the province, it might not be around in 2050 to emit any emissions at all. Even during the plague year, Ottawa cannot get off its carbon-emissions high horse. A couple of days ago Premier Dwight Ball of Newfoundland and Labrador and a host of others pleaded in a conference call for urgent assistance to the devastated offshore oil industry. The industry is moving closer to the autopsy table by the hour. Then from Seamus O’Regan, Newfoundland’s minister in the federal cabinet (wherever it is these days, and whatever it is doing), came an email which pointedly didn’t say it was considering the urgent request — how could it not? — but did say that the “province’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 is good for our environment and good for our economic competitiveness.”