A Climate Change Battleground

In our recent blog “A Seat at the Table” we speculated how US actions under Donald Trump would impact the international infrastructure under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In his last days in office, President Obama approved payment of $500 million to the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) that was established …

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COP 21 – The Leadership Factor – Cautious Optimism

The reductions in carbon emissions reported in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted by the COP 21 countries are far short of what is required.   To stay within 2°C of warming, COP 21 countries must promise greater reductions. For increased reductions there must be momentum towards an effective agreement.  Momentum requires on-the-ground leadership. Two individuals …

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Finally – the right outcome!

President Obama has rejected the application of Trans Canada Pipeline to approve Keystone.  Simply put, the President accepted the opinion of the US State Department that approval would not be in the national interest. Strategically the decision was perfectly timed.  The US economy is on a tear and unemployment has dropped below 5%.  So the …

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Nice Try, Keystone!

We recently commented on the request by TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL) to delay the Presidential decision whether to approve the Keystone pipeline.  The President rejected this request for a delay – a rejection that clearly was inevitable.  TCPL’s justification for its request had nothing to do with the larger climate change issues by which Keystone must …

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A desperate move that makes sense!

Trans Canada Pipelines (TCPL) recognizes that President Obama will not approve a permit for the cross border construction of the Keystone pipeline.  The only chance of approval is the election of a Republican President in 2016. To keep the possibility of approval of Keystone alive, TCPL has made a formal request to President Obama to …

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