When it comes to climate change, Doug Ford's numbers don't add up - 2019-12-04
"In fact, during the plan's development, ministry staff estimated there would be 'negligible' emissions reductions," it says in another section. "Instead of using the staff analysis, the emissions reductions in the plan are based on a submission to the ministry from … an industry association."
The government didn't just double count, miscount and misstate, it tried to misappropriate stateside: 40 per cent of our municipal solid waste is disposed of in the U.S., where it generates greenhouse gas emissions on the American ledger; future plans to divert that waste will indeed reduce emissions, just not in Ontario, yet the government wrongly claimed credit for it.
Perhaps the most brazen overreach is on electric vehicles, which could help reduce emissions from transportation, the biggest source of greenhouse gases. The government kept clinging to ambitious estimates of 1.3 million electric vehicles by 2030 — up from 41,000 today — that were based on generous incentive programs that the Tories cut upon taking office.