Stay the Course!!

Today’s (March 8) Globe and Mail Headline in the Business Section reads: “Ottawa to stay course on climate: minister.”  Ironically, Canada’s actual climate course is not sufficient to meet its long term commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Less than a year ago Canada signed the Paris Accord, accepting its targets for reduced emissions. For … Read more

Misspoke – but accurate!

At a recent town hall meeting Prime Minister Trudeau commented: “We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out. We need to manage the transition off of our dependence on fossil fuels.” These remarks led to a storm of protest, to which Trudeau responded (apologized?) : “I said something the … Read more

Donald and the “Trumpettes”

Give President-elect Donald Trump credit for his ability to dismiss issues that he regards as unimportant using simple language. Voters accept his summary as this relieves them of the need to have a deeper understanding of these issues. Politicians who are on the same side of an issue expand on or synchronize their conclusions with … Read more

Trump spoils the party at Merrakech!

The challenge facing COP 22 (Marrakech) was to resolve many climate change issues not settled at COP 21 by The Paris Agreement. The hope was that the US and China would again provide the leadership at Marrakech that they had shown at COP21. That hope was seriously undermined by the election of Donald Trump as … Read more

Climate Change: the Need for Optimism

Not so long ago, the US and China were regarded as obstacles to the reduction of GHG emissions that are the principal cause of climate change. Yet these two countries very recently ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which requires a country-by-country reduction in emissions needed to avoid global warming to a degree that … Read more