An Epiphany about the Tar Sands

The Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel hearings in Prince Rupert wrapped up Saturday.  After further hearings this three-personal Panel will make a recommendation to  the National Energy Board whether the Board should approve  the Northern Gateway Pipeline.  This new pipeline will take Tar Sands bitumen to to a new marine terminal at Kitimat, where it will be …

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Regulation of GHG emissions

So far as one can judge, the approach of the Canadian Government to the control of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) involves regulations on emitters, as, for example, the regulations on new gas-fueled power plants that will come into effect in 2015 (!!!)  The Government has invited emitters to participate in a process of review and consultation prior …

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March 2, 2012 on Twister Alley

The Governor of Indiana declared that Mother Nature was responsibile for the Black Friday March 2 tornado disasters that devastated small towns in that State.  A meteorologist said it was plain “bad luck.”  Another called it “natural variability”. Why is there such reluctance to make an association between extreme weather events and climate change?    Perhaps …

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Hold the date of May 6, 2012!

We are running out of time to stop all of the worst case scenarios associated with climate change from becoming reality.  Experts tell us that there exists a tipping point: a point after which we will be helpless to stop rising global temperatures and all the related disastrous consequences.  This is called “runaway” climate change, …

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Resource Curse or Dutch Disease aka “Petrodollars”

 Many discussions of the impact of oil discovery and exploitation focus on the Dutch Disease. Simply put, the economic benefits of a large oil discovery may be muted by the repercussions that can impact an economy. For example, the production of oil may attract domestic resources, such as finance and labour, with a consequent negative …

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