Betting on Michael Chong

4RG has written comments generally critical of the fossil fuel policies of the Federal Conservative Party. Lately we noted there are members of that party who recognize the need for action. In our March 2016 blog we gave credit to Michael Chong, Federal MP for the Ontario riding of Wellington- Halton Hills, for advocating the … Read more

A New Broom

The Conservative Federal Government ended its modest support for renewable energy in January 2010, a decision that it justified by the need for a balanced budget.  Yet the Government maintained much larger subsidies to the fossil fuel industry – which at the time was benefitting from the high price of oil. We suspected that the … Read more

The Difficulties of putting a price on carbon

For some time now climate change groups have been criticising high level conferences that set out to limit carbon emissions but accomplish relatively little beyond grand words and some grand gestures. A week ago our Federal Government met with the Provinces and Territories to consider a price on carbon. The parties did not agree on … Read more

A desperate move that makes sense!

Trans Canada Pipelines (TCPL) recognizes that President Obama will not approve a permit for the cross border construction of the Keystone pipeline.  The only chance of approval is the election of a Republican President in 2016. To keep the possibility of approval of Keystone alive, TCPL has made a formal request to President Obama to … Read more

Climate change ignored

The Globe & Mail is the principal sponsor of the next leaders debate, to be held in Calgary this coming Thursday.  The Globe – a business oriented paper – decided that the debate will center on economic policy.  To quote the Globe: “(The debate) “will probe the economic platforms of the three official parties, assessing … Read more

Strong! Proud! Free!

Have you noticed how frequently these words appeared in Federal Government TV advertisements over the last three years?    Did you ever get curious why these words were used?  For example, in connection with Government policy on the development of the tar sands to create jobs? Well, unless you are around in 20 years time you … Read more

Reactions to the Papal Encyclical!

US Republicans criticised the Pope for not sticking to his job, for giving advice on economic policy, and failing to leave science to the scientists. Democrats supported the Encyclical.  President Obama deeply admired “the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action … Read more