COP 23: WILL THE UNITED STATES BE AT THE TABLE?

Representatives of the members of the Arctic Council agreed on a draft statement covering the May 17 meeting of Council. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland  noted the significance of the United States agreeing to the Council’s statement that supported the Paris agreement on climate change. After the draft text was circulated to the US Government, Rex Tillerson, the … Read more

NAFTA and Climate Change

  In his election campaign, President Trump stated that he would “tear up” the Paris Accord.  More recently he has criticized the Accord for imposing on the US a high level of pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an United Nations institution that finances impoverished countries to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate the effects of climate … Read more

Ottawa gets it right!

In our 4RG blogs we have commented on mitigation of risks (adaptation) created by a warming climate:  severe weather events that result in flooding, and long periods of drought that lead to devastating forests fires. According to Don Forgeron, the President and CEO of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the annual economic costs of natural disasters … Read more

A View from Alberta?

Andrew Leach is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta School of Business and Chair of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Panel. He reacted strongly to criticisms by environmentalists of Justin Trudeau for shortcomings in Canada’s Climate Change Policy. To quote from a Leach article appearing in the April 25th edition of the Globe and Mail: … Read more

Coal wins!

The first step taken by Trump after being sworn in as President?- his  instruction to the US Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website.  Today (March 28) Trump issued an executive order rescinding Obama’s laws that compelled coal fired power plants to reduce GHG emissions.( Coal generated power plants are the largest … Read more

Climate Change and Federal Budgets

Canada’s fossil fuel industry exports much of its output to the US.  As the Trump administration intends to relax environmental laws and eliminate provisions requiring reduced GHG emissions, the US industry will enjoy a favourable legislative and regulatory climate over the next four years -to the possible disadvantage of Canada’s exports. In our January discussions … Read more

Stay the Course!!

Today’s (March 8) Globe and Mail Headline in the Business Section reads: “Ottawa to stay course on climate: minister.”  Ironically, Canada’s actual climate course is not sufficient to meet its long term commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Less than a year ago Canada signed the Paris Accord, accepting its targets for reduced emissions. For … Read more

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