100 years to be carbon neutral: the opposition ridicules the CAQ's green plan for the 3rd link

100 years to be carbon neutral: the opposition ridicules the green plan of the CAQ for the 3rd link

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The opposition parties ridicule the use of tree planting to achieve carbon neutrality on the 3rd link between Quebec and Lévis. They point to the construction of the Turcot interchange, which will only be green in 100 years. & Nbsp;

“Suppose the third link is opened in 2032, we would have carbon neutral results in 2132!” pestered PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon on Wednesday. The problem is, the third link decision is indefensible and truly irresponsible environmentally. And then we do greenwashing for a potential result in 100 years. It is an insult to our intelligence! ”. & nbsp;

Minister François Bonnardel recently affirmed that the tunnel project between Quebec and its south shore would be carbon neutral. He promised to plant trees and buy carbon credits to offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced during construction, citing the Turcot interchange project in Montreal as a model. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

But the Turcot project is still far from carbon neutral, Le Journal found. The tiny trees planted along the highway will take a century to offset the 35,000 tonnes of CO2 emitted by the Quebec Ministry of Transport during the reconstruction of the interchange. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

The “forest” that must emerge from the ground to compensate for the pollution emitted will extend over 81 hectares of public land, a foretaste of the gigantic reforestation that will be necessary for the 3rd link between Quebec and Lévis. & Nbsp;

< p>Carbon neutrality is a concept to respond to the climate emergency, said the leader of the Parti Québécois. 100 years is far too long to get there, argued PSPP. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

“People are smarter than that. They expect smart government decisions in terms of the environment, but also in terms of public finances and transportation. Unfortunately, the three criteria are in no way met by the third link project, ”he insisted. & nbsp; & nbsp;

Hiding behind a shrub & nbsp;

According to the solidarity parliamentary leader, the CAQ cannot paint itself green by claiming that the tunnel Québec-Lévis will be carbon neutral thanks to the planting of thousands of trees to offset the pollution generated. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

“François Legault's third link is too big for him to try to hide it from us behind a shrub. It won't work, ”said Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. He believes that Quebeckers are “smart enough” to understand that a six-lane highway under the St. Lawrence River will never be a green project. & nbsp; & nbsp;

In the eyes of the Liberal leader, Dominique Anglade, it is not enough to plant trees for a project to become environmentally acceptable. “The 10 billion Caquiste tunnel has no connection with carbon neutrality. We are talking about passing a tunnel under the river, with real consequences in terms of sprawl, for our water, with real consequences also in terms of congestion “.

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