Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'll be sharing my ten minutes with Mr.Vellacott.
I appreciate the comments from each of the witnesses here today. Dr. Stone and Mr. Rutherford started with the science of climate change. I think we all agree we've moved beyond that. There is a sense of urgency. We are experiencing climate change, and what we're looking for are solutions.
Mr. Rutherford recommended that we have to be efficient and look for efficiencies. He also said that you'll leave it to others to figure out how to do it, but you're challenging us.
What we have today is that the Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-30, our Clean Air Act. It will likely be going to a legislative committee where it will be dealt with. Here in the environment committee we are dealing with Bill C-288, a private member's bill introduced by Mr. Rodriguez.
I find it interesting that Mr. Villeneuve made the comment that Bill C-288 would have been a good bill in 1998, but it's too late. The response to that from the Bloc and the Liberals was laughter. We do have urgency; we are looking for solutions.
On Saturday I was at a town hall meeting. There was a discussion very similar to what we are experiencing here this morning. There was a feeling of urgency within Canadians on climate change and a desire for the Government of Canada to do something immediately, mid-term, and long-term.
My questioning will be directed toward recommended actions we can take that will be effective and efficient.
Mr. Villeneuve talked about the ten tonnes of reduction per person to meet the targets being suggested here. Mr. Villeneuve, could you elaborate on the ten tonnes per person? You said it's impossible to achieve.