Development of the Oil Sands – The Elephant in the Room!

On Tuesday, February 15th, the Alberta Research and Innovation Authority, an advisory body funded by the Government of Alberta, sponsored a six-page information feature published in the Globe & Mail. The commentaries in the feature respond to public criticism of Alberta’s oil sands development, first that it contributes to pollution, and secondly that the extraction …

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January 26th Climate Forum – “Political Change for a Climate in Crisis”

 The panellists, Lynn MacDonald and Peter Russell, spoke to this well-attended meeting co-sponsored by For Our Grandchildren. The third panellist, Glen Murray, (Ontario Minister for Research & Innovation) was unable to attend because of illness, but promised to participate in a public forum on the topic at a subsequent date. In her opening remarks, Lynn MacDonald noted …

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Recreational Air Travel and its contribution to GHG

According to the UK Government, in 2006 air travel accounted for 6.4 per cent of the UK’s emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing climate change. Due to the economic decline of 2008-2009 this number dropped slightly to approximately 5%, but it is expected to increase to 10% by 2020, barring steps to …

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Politicians and Energy Subsidies

A recent BC Hydro study recommended that B.C.’s electricity rates be increased to encourage reductions in energy consumption and in the province’s carbon footprint. The increase will bring the rates paid by BC Hydro customers closer to a fair market price of electricity. With the average B.C. resident consuming 11,000 kilowatt hours per year, taxpayers …

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