Great hopes and aspirations

Jim Prentice seems not terribly concerned by the G8 agreement on climate change.

Asked which year would be used as a yardstick for emission cuts, Environment Minister Jim Prentice suggested on CBC this morning the G8 targets are merely “aspirational goals” and will not affect Canada’s climate change plans overall.

“We don’t need to change our policies,” said Prentice. “This is an aspirational goal of developed countries collectively to try to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. But it is an aspirational goal and a collective goal. Really, when you’re speaking of 2050 by that time, some of the significant technological changes that are necessary will have been made.”