A Politician’s Dilemma

The Canadian Government is striving to find a balance between the environment and the economy. The difficulty is that climate change risks to the environment have little correlation with economic risks. If the economy is maintained on the basis of advantages to the fossil fuel industry, there will be a political showdown that could result…

“All at Sea”

As our previous blog explains, there is little relief from GHG emissions generated by air transport. What is the situation for ocean transport? The answer to this question: “All at sea! (to use a “salty” expression) Seven years ago the maritime transport industry, represented at Durban by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), told the COP Conference that…

Carbon Price is Good for the Economy

The Ontario Conservatives, currently ahead in opinion polls, are promising to remove the price on carbon, the one tool that we know is effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They claim that it is bad for the economy. This article from Inside Climate News says otherwise showing how the economy of the nine eastern states that…

Aspirational !! ??

4RG first commented on the use of aspirational in our blog “Harper and Aspirational Targets”.  “Aspirational “ has now become the international buzz word for measures to reduce GHG emissions. Nations used the word to confirm that they would set ambitious targets for reducing their emissions. By setting an ambitious target, a nation could maintain…