Rumor in the halls is that Canada is waiting in the wings to see what emission reduction targets the United States puts on the table. The following table suggests that perhaps the US is not influencing Canada as rumor suggests – unfortunately. In summary, the United States is far ahead of Canada on targets and policies.

Have a look. The table speaks for itself.

Provided by Matthew Bramley of The Pembina Institute.

Provided by Matthew Bramley of The Pembina Institute.

Subtext: According to the World Resources Institute, the Waxman-Markey Bill would produce a reduction in net US emissions (taking account of investments in international reductions) to 17-23% below the 1990 level by 2020. The biggest reason why the net effect is so much bigger than the cap-and-trade system alone is the investment in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) – which is supposed to achieve reductions worth about 12% of 1990 emissions.

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