OTTAWA, Ont. — Canada is rolling under a full head of steam to reduce so-called green-house gas emissions even as President George W. Bush sets about deflating the U.S.’s rules.
“The interim plan demonstrates action on the part of the Government to reduce targeted air pollutants that cause smog and contribute to ill health and deaths,” says Canadian Environment Minister David Anderson.
“We will continue to deliver on measures to reduce harmful air emissions and to build on our activities with more science, outreach to Canadians and a greener government.”
The Interim Plan on Particulate Matter and Ozone outlines Canadian government’s mission on reducing emissions, the science behind policy decisions to protect the health of Canadians from toxic air pollutants, the clean air activities within government and the programs to engage Canadians to take action at home and in their communities.
The plan follows through on the commitment made by federal, provincial and territorial governments that signed the Canada-wide Standards for Particulate Matter (PM) and Ozone in June 2000.
The goal is to meet international commitments for actions to reduce emissions of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) and Ozone by 2010.
The U.S. government back away from the Kyoto Agreement on green-house gas emissions after President Bush entered office last January.