Re: “Oil industry and intensifying partisanship two big barriers to effective climate action in Canada,” (July 15, p. 1). Thank you for publishing the piece indicating how partisanship and the oil industry are failing us on climate change. Parliament clearly needs a new framework for being held accountable, and for that we can look to the U.K. In 2008, the U.K. implemented the U.K. Climate Change Act. It enshrined science-based carbon budgets under national law, as well as set carbon budgets for every five years. The act also established the Committee on Climate Change to ensure that carbon budgets are evidence-based and independently assessed. Since the act was implemented, the U.K. outperformed its first two carbon budgets and is set to outperform its third. Partisanship and the oil industry have had their way with Canada for too long. It’s time for Parliament to take a page from the U.K. and set legal, expertly informed guardrails for the health and safety of all.
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