Alberta: the key to meeting Canada’s GHG Targets

Over five years ago a Federal Conservative Cabinet minister attempted to convince the Alberta Government to  set a price on carbon by joining a national system for cap and trade. At the time Alberta had an internal cap and trade system  for large emitters. The Alberta Government considered that any national cap-and-trade system  would potentially limit … Read more

A made-in-Canada climate-change puzzle

Canada’s December’s presentation at the UN sponsored COP Paris could be two-faced.  One face will be our Federal Conservative Government.  The second face will be Provinces who are serious about reducing GHG. The Federal Government must submit Canada’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC’s) for Greenhouse Gas reductions to the UN.  No less a person than … Read more

Russia at Paris: a Preview

In 2011 Russia was the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, and will probably be in the top five for 2015. So any contribution by Russia to further reducing world levels of GHG could positively influence the Paris negotiations for an agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol.  Unfortunately, this will not happen. … Read more

A Positive: Ontario’s increase in Electricity Rates!

One of the main reasons for an increase in Ontario electricity rates is the recent change from fossil fuels to renewable energy as a source for generation of power.  Germany and Denmark are in the front rank of countries who are switching to renewable energy, and their residents pay the highest rates in the world. Canadians have … Read more

And a Big step forward!

President Obama is not acting like a lame-duck president.  He recognizes the grave threat posed by climate change. The subject will remain  a primary concern of his government’s foreign policy. Obama and President Xi Jinping of China announced a US/China Agreement on climate change.  The Agreement does not introduce new measures limiting GHG emissions. Rather … Read more

Civic Elections in Ontario and climate change

After four years of relative neglect, the problems caused by a changing climate are a concern of the candidates running for municipal office in 2014. Toronto Mayoralty Race Elizabeth May recommends Olivia Chow.  With such a recommendation Chow will certainly have the support of voters who consider that climate change and its impact on Toronto … Read more

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