Canada and California to Work Together on Climate Change and Environmental Protection

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, meets with California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom while meeting in San Francisco, Feb. 9, 2018. Jeff Chiu/AP

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had introduced a special blueprint for working together to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Both Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault and Environmental Protection Secretary Jared Blumenfeld, signed the framework agreement which includes minor expansion on a previous agreement signed in 2019.

Both jurisdictions will be taking steps to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants, as well as conservation efforts and coping with the ever-increasing threat of wildfires.

Being the fifth-largest economy in the world, California is a “stable partner” that has had a long-lasting impact on other countries, including Canada, when it comes to addressing climate change and environmental regulations.

“We carry a lot of weight as it relates to low-carbon green growth, as it relates to efforts to change the way we produce and consume energy — regardless of who’s in the White House.” said Blumenfeld.

According to Trudeau, a partner ready to make progress on subjects of mutual importance will always be welcomed by Canada.

“Canada has always been a country that engages in the world, and whether it’s engaging with like-minded countries or like-minded states like California, we’re just there to get things done,” said Trudeau.

“When we find alignment on so many things — as we always have with California, but as we specifically have under Gavin Newsom’s administration — we jump on it.”

His government’s efforts to rebrand Canada, an economically dependent nation on fossil fuels, as a leader in climate change were supported by Trudeau in an impassioned defence.

“Moving forward on climate change is really hard for us. We have a thriving fossil fuel industry in our country at a time where the world continues to run on fossil fuels and will for a number more years,” he said.

“The fact that we have that means it’s all the more important for us to step up and show real leadership on fighting climate change, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

According to Guilbeault, Canada has committed to a 30 percent reduction in methane emissions by 2030, which can be 20 to 80 percent worse for the atmosphere than CO2.

“We can get a big bang for our buck in terms of emissions reduction and in terms of preventing increases in temperatures,” he said.

“If we reduce global emissions of methane by 30 per cent between now and 2030, it’s 0.5 C that we’re basically sucking out of the atmosphere. Less warming means less climate change.”

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