Dawson Strategic Managing Director Jeffrey Phillips is quoted in a CBC News story on the Canadian government’s new emission reduction targets. Although Canada had previously indicated aligning its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets with the United States, it now appears Canada’s targets will diverge and ultimately be less ambitious.

Regardless, “whatever the new commitment is, we are not on track to meet the old one,” says Jeffrey Phillips, managing director of the consulting firm Dawson Strategic, who served as a senior policy adviser on energy issues in the federal department of natural resources until 2013.

Phillips says the only way to have any real reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is to drastically scale back oilsands production, and that’s not going to happen.

“So whatever the prime minister announces about emission targets, it will put us at the bottom of the pile with Japan and, probably, Australia.”

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