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Carbon Offsets

Posted 6/9/2011 by Grant Mitchell


Here is a question I asked in the Senate about the Government's failure to fulfill its promise to offset the greenhouse gas emissions at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Honourable senators, the good news is that in February 2010, the Minister of the Environment announced, "Canada is proud to be the first host country in history to help offset the greenhouse gas emissions of its Olympic Games." The bad news is that 16 months later, nothing has been done about spending the $150,000 to buy those offsets. It makes one wish that there were offset producers in Mr. Clement's riding because then one would bet that this money would have been spent.

How is it that this government can spend, for example, $100,000 in the blink of an eye for a gazebo in Mr. Clement's riding without any oversight or accountability whatsoever, but simply will not live up to its commitment to support the greening of the Vancouver Olympics?

Please click here to read the full text of my question

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