A Grim Peek on “Down Under”

Australians go to the polls on Saturday, May 18 next to elect members of the 46th Federal Parliament. This has been dubbed the climate change election with good reason: concern about the climate and environment has never been greater among Australians. Over the last twenty years, Australian elections  have seen on-and-off enthusiasm for parties who … Read more

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal confirms validity of Federal Law regulating GHG Emissions.

Last Friday the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal determined that the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was constitutionally valid.  Among other things, this Act established minimum standards for pricing carbon  across Canada. All judges agreed that climate change caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gases is one of the great existential issues of our times.  Climate change … Read more

New and Familiar Voices

For over a decade, For Our Grandchildren has campaigned for a limit on greenhouse gas emissions – the principal reason for increases in the world’s average temperature, the acidity of the oceans and rising water levels, climate disruption that has produced new extremes in storms, drought and floods, food shortages . . Even Richard Attenborough,  … Read more

Carbon Pricing – Made in Canada

The Ontario government has cancelled the previous government’s carbon pricing program, cap and trade. As a result Ontario will become subject to the backstop measures of the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. That plan includes a price on carbon pollution with rebates to individuals. But, our provincial government intends to fight … 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

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

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