After passing the first major regulations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the country, the US is now urging Canada to follow suit.
U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman told that the move intended to cut emissions from coal plants by 30 per cent by 2030.
While speaking to media sources he encouraged Canada to join hands in the movement especially focusing on oil production which is Canada’s fastest-growing source of emissions.
“We need to continue that work together moving toward a low-carbon future, with alternative energy choices, with greater energy efficiency, and sustainable extraction of our oil and gas reserves,” Heyman told media.
He emphasized the fact that Canada should join hands with the US to fight climate change, and said that it was imperative to focus on the continent’s need to improve efficiency and tackle with climate change.
“This is not a task that we can take on individually. It can only be successfully challenged together,” he said.
The US government has put forward a plan that would decrease US emissions by about 10 per cent by 2030; an amount that is equivalent to all of Canada’s emissions.
Speaking at the Commons on Monday, Mr. Harper tried to emphasize the fact that the comparison between the US and Canada is about how each country treats coal-fired power plants instead of green house gas emissions.
He said that Canada has already adopted regulations for power plants, and said, “The US is acting two years after this government acted and taking actions that do not go nearly as far as this government went.”