Post Script on a Post Mortem

“Post Mortem on the 2011 Ontario election”, a recent blog, was a little gloomy. Perhaps the title should have been “Liberals stick to their guns.” In the face of a motion by the Provincial Conservatives the Liberal Provincial Government stands by its principal building block of the new green economy.  This building block is an …

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Advice to US politicians: Don’t eat Arugala!

Economists tell us that a market price that truly reflects the costs of energy is the best way of making people economize in their use of electricity from fossil-fuel fired plants.   Yet a promise to lower the cost of electricity helped Andrea Horvath, the leader of the Provincial NDP party, do so well in the …

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Tar sands again!

Jean Charest, the Premier of Quebec, summed up Canada’s economy nicely: “Oil, gas and potash — and others. That’s the financial situation of the country. ”  Others could be a reference to Ontario’s manufacturing industry, which these days appears to be an also-ran. Perhaps the less than positive economic news in Ontario will impact the …

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Carbon Offsets Market

“It is great to be here and to make a major announcement as part of the Government of Canada’s plan to combat climate change.” These are the words of introduction of a speech by Jim Prentice, then Minister of the Environment to the Economic Club on June 10, 2009.  In case the audience had not …

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Whitewashing the Tar Sands – Take 2!

In the eyes of many people the tar sands are “dirty”.  How do you change a public image like that? The Canadian Governments first attempt was the “ethical oil” campaign.  How can anything that is ethical be “dirty”?  ‘ But wait, there’s more PR that’s just arrived! The Federal and Alberta Governments have mandated a …

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