Setting a Price on Carbon

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How should a Canadian Government set a price for carbon? By legislation, such as a carbon tax? Or by a market based system, such as cap-and-trade ? In the 2008 Federal Election a majority of Canadians rejected a carbon tax proposed by the Liberal Party.  After this defeat, Jim Prentice, then the Federal Minister of … Read more…

Carbon Offsets

Approximately 18 months ago 4RG reviewed web-based carbon offsets for airline passengers.  These offsets enable a passenger to “purchase” financial assistance for projects to reduce GreenHouse gas emissions equivalent to each passengers’s share of carbon emissions from the aircraft during the trip. In this way a passenger’s air flight has a net zero carbon footprint. As … Read more…

Environmental Limits to Growth

Toronto-Dominion Bank reports that “Western Canada’s oil industry faces a serious challenge to its long-term growth. . .  Production growth will become constrained unless new pipeline capacity is built to access new markets. . . .  The flood of new shale oil supplies coming on stream in the United States, combined with inadequate pipeline capacity … Read more…

REDD: an important acronym in the Climate Change world.

When I first stumbled across the acronym REDD I did not know what it stood for.    Thanks to a web search I can share with readers that REDD stands for ~~“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN)” There are two on-going activities that seriously undermine our ability to control climate change.  One – familiar … Read more…

Carbon Offsets Market

“It is great to be here and to make a major announcement as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to combat climate change.” These are the words of introduction of a speech by Jim Prentice, then Minister of the Environment to the Economic Club on June 10, 2009.  In case the audience had not … Read more…

Purchasing Carbon Offsets

We are sailors and for nearly 50 years we have owned sail boats.  We spend our winters waiting for the warm days of summer to arrive so we can sail again. We have on three occasions chartered a yacht in the Caribbean with some friends to shorten our absence from the wind and waves.  This year … Read more…