Social Licence

Jeffrey Simpson, one of our favourite columnists, criticized aboriginals and environmentalists for tying up approvals for major pipeline projects.  He rejects their use of “social licence” objections as irrelevant to the process for the approval of these projects. He suggests that social licence encourages critics to believe that they decide what project “should proceed, when …

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Our Canada Day letter to COP 21

Monsieur Laurent Fabius, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères and Chairperson of COP 21 Quay d’Orsay, 75007 Paris France Dear Minister Fabius, For Our Grandchildren (4RG) is an environmental organization based in Canada with a single focus:  Climate Change. We have been critical of Canada’s participation in Conference of the Parties meetings in recent years.  Regrettably, Canada has been …

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Climate Change Forum: Questions and Answers

Question:  When implementing a carbon pricing scheme, how do we best mitigate or reduce the push back that arises due to existing international bilateral agreements in given industries? For example, the Chicago Convention in the International Aviation Sector that states any tax or fee on fuel is illegal? Response:  Governments are very protective of their …

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The new “Two Solitudes”

“We have been educated all our lives to the importance of the oil sands.”

That’s the comment of a resident of a small Alberta town in the context of the Keystone XL pipeline debate.   Canadian environmentalists must recognize that these comments are typical of the strongly held views of a majority of the population in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The attitude of these residents has been supported by Conservative Cabinet Ministers who note that GreenHouse Gas emissions from the tar sands are small when compared with the carbon smog generated by the populous developing countries.  How easy it is for our Government to point the finger at China and India for their increasing GreenHouse Gas emissions.

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After Doha, what’s next?

Last year we said that the Durban Conference (COP 17), “was probably the last chance to come up with a world order that would indeed stop climate change.” Yet, as we have since pointed out, GHG emissions have continued to rise, world temperatures have set new records, most governments have wavered in their determination to …

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