COP 23: WILL THE UNITED STATES BE AT THE TABLE?

Representatives of the members of the Arctic Council agreed on a draft statement covering the May 17 meeting of Council. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland  noted the significance of the United States agreeing to the Council’s statement that supported the Paris agreement on climate change. After the draft text was circulated to the US Government, Rex Tillerson, the … Read more

Social Licence

Jeffrey Simpson, one of our favourite columnists, criticized aboriginals and environmentalists for tying up approvals for major pipeline projects.  He rejects their use of “social licence” objections as irrelevant to the process for the approval of these projects. He suggests that social licence encourages critics to believe that they decide what project “should proceed, when … Read more

Our Canada Day letter to COP 21

Monsieur Laurent Fabius, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères and Chairperson of COP 21 Quay d’Orsay, 75007 Paris France Dear Minister Fabius, For Our Grandchildren (4RG) is an environmental organization based in Canada with a single focus:  Climate Change. We have been critical of Canada’s participation in Conference of the Parties meetings in recent years.  Regrettably, Canada has been … Read more

Climate Change Forum: Questions and Answers

Question:  When implementing a carbon pricing scheme, how do we best mitigate or reduce the push back that arises due to existing international bilateral agreements in given industries? For example, the Chicago Convention in the International Aviation Sector that states any tax or fee on fuel is illegal? Response:  Governments are very protective of their … Read more

The new “Two Solitudes”

“We have been educated all our lives to the importance of the oil sands.”

That’s the comment of a resident of a small Alberta town in the context of the Keystone XL pipeline debate.   Canadian environmentalists must recognize that these comments are typical of the strongly held views of a majority of the population in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The attitude of these residents has been supported by Conservative Cabinet Ministers who note that GreenHouse Gas emissions from the tar sands are small when compared with the carbon smog generated by the populous developing countries.  How easy it is for our Government to point the finger at China and India for their increasing GreenHouse Gas emissions.

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After Doha, what’s next?

Last year we said that the Durban Conference (COP 17), “was probably the last chance to come up with a world order that would indeed stop climate change.” Yet, as we have since pointed out, GHG emissions have continued to rise, world temperatures have set new records, most governments have wavered in their determination to … Read more

The Great Divide at Doha.

It is a good legal principle that an agreement to agree is not enforceable in a court of law.  The countries attending the COP18 Conference at Doha are finding that such a principle has a practical basis. Supposedly all countries agreed at last year’s COP17 Conference at Durban to negotiate a replacement for the Kyoto Convention … Read more

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