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Ottawa is following a “same here” policy on the environment as it seeks to provide President Barack Obama with political cover for his upcoming decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Judging by Monday’s announcement from Environment Minister Peter Kent, any declarations from the Washington on U.S. environment policy will be quickly matched by Ottawa announcing: “Same here.” Maybe they should just have a codicil added to the bottom of official U.S. environmental announcements: “FYI, Canada will be doing the same thing.”

It wouldn’t be any less subtle than Mr. Kent’s statement that Canada will match U.S. regulations on emission standards for heavy duty vehicles. The first sentence in the official announcement was: “Today the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister, announced final regulations to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines.”

Now that Obama has been elected to a second term…

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