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Alternative Facts

Alternative Facts

A Trump staffer recently used the words “alternative fact” when defending her comments on the size of crowds attending the inauguration of the President.  Her words triggered a fire storm of discussion! She did not appreciate that she could not minimize a dispute about such a straight forward factual issue by using the qualifier “alternative”. Perhaps she adopted this word having heard it used[...]
Subsidies to the Fossil Fuel Industry - on the way out!

Subsidies to the Fossil Fuel Industry - on the way out!

In 2010 the G-20 countries concluded that financial assistance by a state to its fossil fuel industry encouraged development of fossil fuel resources, leading to increased emissions from fossil fuels. These countries agreed that state assistance, whether in the form of a subsidy or tax incentives, should be phased out over time. EnviroEconomics Inc., a Canadian consulting firm, delivered a study[...]
Misspoke  - but accurate!

Misspoke - but accurate!

At a recent town hall meeting Prime Minister Trudeau commented: “We can't shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out. We need to manage the transition off of our dependence on fossil fuels." These remarks led to a storm of protest, to which Trudeau responded (apologized?) : “I said something the way I shouldn’t have said it.”[...]
A Climate Change Battleground

A Climate Change Battleground

In our recent blog “A Seat at the Table” we speculated how US actions under Donald Trump would impact the international infrastructure under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In his last days in office, President Obama approved payment of $500 million to the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) established to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions[...]