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Dear .@Cathmckenna yesterday I allowed my rage to take over when I saw both you & .@JustinTrudeau tweeting about #GretaThunberg & #climatestrikecanada #ClimateStrike.

Your work & this moment in history deserves more compassionate & thoughtful response, so here it is: THREAD
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau I admire your strength & commitment and as a woman who is attacked & threatened for my work I appreciate what you have been going through.

As a Canadian I also appreciate the coal phase out, the price on pollution & other elements of your climate platform but.../2

@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau I knocked on doors in the last elxn to help this govt get elected b/c I was so horrified by the lost decade of climate inaction in Canada under the Harper govt & I believed you when you promised prorep, climate test for pipelines, stronger targets science based policy & UNDRIP/3
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau You haven’t delivered on those promises. In fact you have reinforced Conservative & oil & gas industries frame by accepting Harper's weak targets (despite your promise to strengthen them) /4
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau & refusing to publicly acknowledge that we cannot meet our #climate targets without a plan to stop expansion of oil and gas & wind down policynote.ca/canadas-climat… /5

#cdnpoli #CdnClimate #ClimateEmergency
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau You know the .@ipcc_ch says all countries and all industries must reduce emissions now and decline steeply if we are going to ensure a safe climate. /6
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH You also know that emissions from oil & gas are rising in Canada and your own plan does very little to bend that curve globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/o… /7

#cdnpoli #cdnclimate #climateemergency
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH You increased subsidies to LNG by +billion dollars, bought a pipeline that will facilitate major growth in the oilsands for $billions, when your own studies say our economic & ecosystem health rely on putting money into low carbon infrastructure now, not more #fossilfuels
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH You have justified this using false claims regarding oil price & market access. We have a pipeline to tidewater already & we are selling little to Asia b/c refining capacity is in the US. Even a new pipeline won’t solve the fact that oilsands requires expensive refining. /9
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH The oil & gas industry would have us believe that this growth is okay because they are reducing emissions per barrel. But despite some pilot projects, industry as a whole is not decreasing emissions because CCUS is not cost competitive at scale. /10
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH CCUS - carbon capture, utilization and sequestration - is not cost competitive at scale. Your own reports don’t predict major improvements /11

#cdnpoli #cdnclimate #climatestrikecanada
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH We have run out of time for incremental policy or betting on technological fixes.

We now have the technology for large scale renewables & electrification & globally.

We are ALREADY producing more oil & gas than the world can safely burn


@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH Workers & their families in oil & gas deserve an honest conversation & a plan for how to manage the #winddown the will and MUST happen.

We must stop pretending we can expand #oilandgas, &prepare our economy & our children for the future. stand.earth/canada-oil-gas…


@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH Yes, I know you've done more than previous govts. I know the Conservatives have no plan.
But we're out of time for dishonest conversation & incremental policy.
The worsening situation requires stronger climate ambition for emission reductions NOW to get to #NetZero by 2050. /14
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH The only way your plan does that is by relying on international credits that allow us to pollute MORE or industry technologies - both schemes are uncertain & unproven. /15

#climatestrikecanada #cdnpoli #ClimateEmergency
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH Yes, Canada & the world still need oil.

But if we planned now for existing fields to decline with no expansion, it is almost exactly equivalent with how much the world can consume and still keep below the 2 degree pathway.


#climatestrikecanada #cdnpoli #ClimateEmergency
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH It’s no longer good enough to argue that the markets will save us if we put a price in carbon and reduce demand. That we have a right to increase production & compete. That demand is growing. /17
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH We need to regulate supply & demand of fossil fuels if we are going to act fast enough in time to keep us safe. We need to plan for a below two degree world. link.springer.com/article/10.100…


@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH For too long our infrastructure and energy decisions have been divorced from our #climate policy. The demand scenarios to justify #TransMountain are equivalent to a 3 or 4 degree world.

By betting on that pipeline you are betting global policy will fail.


@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH We need more leadership than that. We need leaders at this moment in history who will take the steps to put the breaks on this industry & prioritize building infrastructure which will keep us safe. That’s why millions are marching.


#ClimateEmergency #cdnpoli #elxn43
@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH I get that designing policies to keep fossil fuels in the ground is new and hard. But we must avoid locking our kids into a world in which the infrastructure we have built for them means the world will burn more than is safe. That’s why they are marching.

@cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau @IPCC_CH I can no longer support policies, parties or governments that are supporting the growth of fossil fuels. The moment that we live in requires more honesty and courage than that.

And courage is contagious.



#climatestrikecanada #ClimateEmergency
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