Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau re: National Climate and Energy Board

By Ben

Dr. Prime Minister Trudeau,

I was thrilled to see that you decided the title of Canada’s environment minister is now the Minister of environment and climate change. This is a big step in the right direction and Honourable Catherine McKenna has her work cut out for her, no doubt.

This same approach could be applied to the National Energy Board. I humbly propose that the National Energy Board be restructured as the Nation Climate and Energy Board. These two issues are clearly linked, climate and energy.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion suggested that the entire cabinet has a role to play in addressing climate change.

He recently told the Globe and Mail: “The old system was to give the file of the environment to the minister of environment and say to her or him, ‘Deal with it, be the hero of the environmental groups but don’t bother us because we have jobs to create and an economy to grow,’” he said. “That will not work.… [Ms. McKenna] will succeed only if all of us [in cabinet] have a green orientation and sensitivity.”

If your government wants to show it is respecting the role of science in decision making and turning the page on the Harper government’s shameful record on the issue of climate change, this structural change must be taken into consideration.

Canada should have a budget for emissions that the NEB considers when discussing projects. If we are serious about staying below the 2 °C limit agreed to by 195 nations in the Paris accord, then this approach is only logical.

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Prime Minister Trudeau please enact legislation to restructure the Nation Energy Board to be the National Climate and Energy Board. This new board should be tasked with assessing and supporting energy projects in the context of Canada’s commitment under the Paris Accord to be part of a world wide effort to end fossil fuel dependence by 2050. Please restart the review of all existing major project proposals under this new framework and reject all projects that would exacerbate climate change.

Thank you.

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