The biggest “Merchant of Doubt”

In 1977  ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly-traded fossil fuel company (Exxon) asked its in-house scientists to study the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on climate change.  They reported that greenhouse gas emissions from the production and consumption of fossil fuels had been and would continue to be the principal contributor to climate change. Eleven years … Read more

The Vacuum in The State of the Union Address

Yesterday U.S.  President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union Address to the US Houses of Congress. In general terms this Address emphasizes the successes of Federal Administration over the past year. Just as important, the Address identifies the issues to be addressed by the President and his Republican supporters over this year. President … Read more

Can Climate Change EVER be affordable?

Pay now or our grandchildren will pay later!  That was the message in our Blog entitled “Global Warming Choice”. This blog was a response to Premier Rob Ford’s announcement that repeal of Ontario Legislation  on climate change ” would make life more affordable in Ontario”. The important question is: if no effective action is taken … Read more

Canada and Switzerland: a climate comparison.

Grandparents in numerous countries (Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, France, The United States, the United Kingdom and others) are concerned about the impact  that global warming will have on their grandchildren. They have formed organizations to investigate the risks, monitor the response of politicians, keep the public informed as to the continuing increase in world temperatures … Read more

The failure of Ontario’s new climate strategy

 Many economists and other experts assure us that carbon taxes are a good thing.  But, to paraphrase Margaret Wente, canny politicians (e.g. PMs Stephen Harper, Canada and Tony Abbott ,Australia) know some things economists are unable to factor into their analysis:–   viz that  a lot of people don’t like carbon taxes, and will punish governments … Read more