What is truth?

What is truth?

A question raised by Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea, at the trial of Jesus of Nazareth.  Pilate does not stay for an answer – he releases Jesus to the Jewish authorities for Crucifixion, saying “I find no fault in him.” Truth is generally the objective of beliefs that we build up over our … Read more…

Exploiting the Arctic

Exploiting the Arctic

Over many of the last decades, Norway’s wealth grew significantly, thanks to state revenues flowing from North Sea Oil.    During this period Norway was a benefactor to third world countries, assisting them to adopt measures to limit climate change and its impacts. A recent article in the Manchester Guardian commented on the ambivalence of … Read more…

Responsibilities of Senators

Responsibilities of Senators

Tony Dean is an unaffiliated senator from Ontario and a member of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (the Committee). He set out the responsibilities of Senators in these terms: “The only thing asked of us by the PM [Trudeau] was that we should bring an independent perspective to our work … Read more…

The Reformed Senate of Canada. The Difference it can make!

In 2010 the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources released an interim report that acknowledged “climate change is real and happening now”. The Committee scheduled numerous sessions to receive expert testimony that identified the potential risks created by climate change. The Committee also heard evidence from denialists who disputed that these risks were … Read more…

Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Climate Change won’t go way – even though President Trump is taking the US out of the Paris Accord. The public support in the United States for action on climate change and in favour of the Accord is something President Trump did not expect.  Otherwise he probably would not have repeated his script writer’s memorable words … Read more…