The Global warming Choice –  Pay now to reduce its impact or leave it to our Grandchildren to pay more later!

Premier-Elect Doug Ford is following through on an election promise to repeal cap and trade , Ontario’s mechanism to put a price on provincial carbon emissions.  The repeal of cap and trade legislation will be the first step taken by his Government once sworn in to office. “The carbon tax’s days are numbered,” Ford announced … Read more

Environmental Watchdogs

Environmental groups call on Canadian government to ensure oil and gas companies reduce their carbon emissions, just like everyone else The federal government must immediately close loopholes and rein in carbon emissions from oil and gas companies, say a broad cross- section of Canada’s major environmental groups. “True leadership in 2018 means having the courage … Read more

Are we too late? Should we give up?

Two contrasting stories came to my attention this morning leaving me wondering how we can get out of this urgent climate mess and once again asking myself if it is worth even trying. The first story presents the opinion that humanity has 5 years to stop using fossil fuels or risk human extinction. The second, … Read more

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” explains Canada’s climate policy.

The Federal Government is once again re-assuring Canadians that economic growth can be consistent with reduction of Canada’s GHG emissions. Canada accepted emission reduction targets when it ratified the Paris Agreement. The consensus of experts  is that the Paris Agreement targets agreed to by all countries are unambitious. These targets will not limit global warming … Read more

Canada, a Climate Change Laggard?

Deciding which countries will successfully meet climate change goals is as difficult as choosing the winning horse before a race starts. There are too many variables to be certain of the outcome., So, just as in a horse race, an assessment of a country’s commitment to meet these goals requires a consideration of “the odds”, … Read more

Climate Commissioner highlights Canada’s failings

At the beginning of the year 4RG met with Chaun Chen, M.P. for Scarborough East to review issues relating to climate change. We discussed the failure of successive Canadian Governments to eliminate subsidies of fossil fuels. Chen wrote us advising that the Liberal Government would: “ . . . direct the Department of Finance to … Read more