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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A message from Norway!

On a recent motor trip to Northern New York State we noticed a sign on the gas pumps stating that the gas contained up to 10% ethanol, an additive that reduces GHG emissions. The program to include ethanol in motor vehicle fuel was initiated by a US government subsidy for farmers who grow corn to produce …

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A Simple Fact about the Tar Sands!

The tar sands (referred to as “oil sands” by the petroleum industry) are a thick mixture of bitumen and sand/clay.  This mixture is extracted from beneath forests covering over 140,000 square kilometres of North-Eastern Alberta, an area roughly the size of Scotland. For more about the Tar Sands we recommend these recent commentaries: Storm Trooper from …

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Norwegian Grandparents don’t give up!

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORWEGIAN GRANDPARENTS CLIMATE CAMPAIGN Norwegian Grandparents have spearheaded a demand from 28 Norwegian organizations and political parties that Statoil must withdraw from its participation in the Canadian tar sands. Halfdan Wiik, the leader of the Norwegian Grandparents Climate Campaign, explained: “Grandparents cannot accept that our grandchildren shall inherit an unsustainable world, …

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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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