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Canada Under Pressure After U.S., China Agree to Curb Greenhouse Gases

Posted November 13, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(CBC News)

Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government to take a more aggressive approach to curbing its greenhouse gas emissions, following a surprise announcement today of a climate change agreement between the world’s two largest polluters.

In a stunning announcement that took political leaders and environmentalists by surprise, U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his country’s GHG emissions would be cut by 26% from 2005 levels by 2025, while China’s President Xi Jinping agreed to cap emissions by 2030. […]

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and successive environment ministers have repeatedly said Canada would move on climate change when there was a commitment from “all major emitters” to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But Harper has also said that Canada is “more frank” than other countries about the economic impact of mitigating climate change. Read more here.