Environmental Watchdogs

Environmental groups call on Canadian government to ensure oil and gas companies reduce their carbon emissions, just like everyone else The federal government must immediately close loopholes and rein in carbon emissions from oil and gas companies, say a broad cross- section of Canada’s major environmental groups. “True leadership in 2018 means having the courage … Read more

Climate Commissioner highlights Canada’s failings

At the beginning of the year 4RG met with Chaun Chen, M.P. for Scarborough East to review issues relating to climate change. We discussed the failure of successive Canadian Governments to eliminate subsidies of fossil fuels. Chen wrote us advising that the Liberal Government would: “ . . . direct the Department of Finance to … Read more

Divestment – where do the Churches stand today?

The Federal budget released yesterday (March 23)  included a very minor change to provisions of the Income Tax Act that allowed companies to fully deduct exploration expenses (seismic testing, exploratory drilling etc.) from revenue in the year in which these expenses were occurred.  Now these expenses can only  be deducted over time – unless the … Read more

Subsidies to the Fossil Fuel Industry – on the way out!

In 2010 the G-20 countries concluded that financial assistance by a state to its fossil fuel industry encouraged development of fossil fuel resources, leading to increased emissions from fossil fuels. These countries agreed that state assistance, whether in the form of a subsidy or tax incentives, should be phased out over time. EnviroEconomics Inc., a … Read more

Overcoming Two Solitudes

Canada has experienced regional differences that worked against Canadian unity.  Hugh MacLennan’s novel, “Two Solitudes”, recognized the opposition to use of the French language by Quebecers in a predominately English speaking country. With patience and honesty and reasonable concessions, Canadian politicians were able to reduce these “solitudes” over many decades. Climate change requires us to face … Read more

More Bad news for the oil patch!

Earlier this year we noted that Saudi Arabia was acting like any business – maximizing its production and revenues as against other large oil-exportering nations. In advance of the 2015 December meeting of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), Saudi confirmed that it will not scale back its production.  Saudi has noted that its … Read more

An Energy Super Flop!

For years our Federal Government boasted that Canada was an energy super power.  Faced with the reality of low oil prices, the Government has abandoned this language, but its “energy super power” policies basically remain unchanged. The fossil fuel industry, on which Provincial Governments counted for jobs and revenue to finance education, health care and … Read more

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