O’Toole defends climate plan while promising to revive oil pipeline projects

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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said, if elected, he will scrap Canada’s current climate commitments. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole today defended his plan to roll back Canada’s climate change reduction targets, saying he has a credible plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions while the Liberal Party has promised a lot but failed to deliver in six years of government. If elected, O’Toole said, he will push the reset button on Canada’s climate change plan, returning to the previous national target of reducing emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Earlier this year, the Liberal government dumped that goal and committed to deeper cuts, promising to bring emissions down by 40 to 45 per cent by the end of the decade. Asked why he’s promising a less ambitious target at a time when UN scientists are warning that urgent action is needed now to avoid the worst effects of climate change, O’Toole said Canada must balance environmental action with a strong economy.

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