Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainability Releases Audit Report

The report discusses the federal government’s assessment of cumulative environmental effects of oil sands projects in northern Alberta, and its climate change plans under the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act. Among the findings: “decisions about oil sands projects have been based on incomplete, poor, or non-existent environmental information that has, in turn, led to poorly informed decisions”. Regarding the climate change plans under the Kyoto Protocol, the Commissioner notes that the plans do not report the total amount of government funding, and that financial information for the individual measures is not reported consistently (and even that some of the measures do not include any financial information). In this report, the auditors determine the funding allocations associated with each measure in the plans, and conclude that the federal government allocated over $9.2 billion to implement its climate change plans.

See the Audit report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development at: http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/docs/parl_cesd_201110_00_e.pdf (English) and http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/docs/parl_cesd_201110_00_f.pdf (French)
The reaction of the Pembina Institute is at: http://www.pembina.org/media-release/2276  

 

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