Exploiting the Arctic

Over many of the last decades, Norway’s wealth grew significantly, thanks to state revenues flowing from North Sea Oil.    During this period Norway was a benefactor to third world countries, assisting them to adopt measures to limit climate change and its impacts. A recent article in the Manchester Guardian commented on the ambivalence of Norway towards …

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The Reformed Senate of Canada. The Difference it can make!

In 2010 the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources released an interim report that acknowledged “climate change is real and happening now”. The Committee scheduled numerous sessions to receive expert testimony that identified the potential risks created by climate change. The Committee also heard evidence from denialists who disputed that these risks were real. Two …

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Climate Change won’t go way – even though President Trump is taking the US out of the Paris Accord. The public support in the United States for action on climate change and in favour of the Accord is something President Trump did not expect.  Otherwise he probably would not have repeated his script writer’s memorable words that he …

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US drops out of the Paris Accord! What will the future bring?

Fast Forward to November 4th 2020.  The US Presidential Race is a close contest between Donald Trump and a Democratic challenger with sound environmental credentials. It is three years after Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Paris Accord.  November 4 2020 is the date when its withdrawal is effective. Those years have been satisfactory …

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The Morality of Getting Out!

In an audience with Pope Francis, Donald Trump received a copy of the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si.  This Encyclical powerfully states the moral case for actions to reduce Climate Change. Trump would not have to read the whole Encyclical to identify the moral case. Quoting Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Encyclical (Paragraph 9) tells …

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Re-Negotiating NAFTA to cover Climate Change

In the 2016 US Presidential election campaign, Donald Trump promised that if elected he would pull the US out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  To avoid this extreme result, the other NAFTA parties, Mexico and Canada, recently proposed a re-negotiation of NAFTA.  President Trump agreed, and identified specific sectors, such as softwood lumber, dairy …

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Get Ready for it!

When President Trump was elected, 4RG anticipated that the US would not contribute anything useful to the development of international climate change policy and sound environmental measures over the next 4 years. In fact the future effort to check climate change may be more seriously effected. We expect that tomorrow (or soon thereafter) the US will formally withdraw …

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