November 25, 2015

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They announced they will cap its expansion and limit the tar sands monster to 100 megatonnes of carbon emissions a year (equivalent to what projects already operating and those currently under construction would produce). As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government's cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor, and a ceiling that we will need to work like crazy to ratchet down until it meets the science.

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