A letter that should be published!

Our colleague, Michael Brothers, wrote this letter commenting on Alberta’s climate change policies to a Toronto newspaper.  It hasn’t been published. Given the importance of the issues raised the letter should be in the public domain.  Please circulate as widely as possible. Dear Sir, I am, I must admit, a numbers person.  If I am advised … Read more

Air Transport GHG Emissions

Barbara Falby, a member of the 4RG Steering Committee, attended a panel discussion sponsored by the TransformTO initiative on Transportation and Climate Change.  In the question period that followed she inquired why the panel had not referred to aviation CO2 emissions. The response:  previous research showed that aviation emissions were too low to be of … Read more

Final Impressions of COP 21

Television networks covering Saturday’s COP 21 meeting explained the lengthy delay in approving a final agreement  by stressing the difficulty in getting acceptance of the text of the document.  Network announcers referred to the process as “deal making”, and many times queried:  “Do we have a deal”? In this bargaining over the text, negotiators considered … Read more

More press release propaganda!

In 2007 our Conservative Government undertook to limit emissions from the fossil fuel industry.   In 2011 and again in 2012, the Government advised that it was drafting regulations to this end.  No such regulations have been issued. The Conservative Government excused its failure by referring to the need for a continental infrastructure that included the … 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

Stop Producing Fossil Fuels!! Is it possible?

The yearly Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Convention on Climate Change (COP) aims to limit and eventually eliminate greenhouse gases released from the burning of fossil fuels. These Conferences have not considered the possibility of tackling the problem at its source – the production of fossil fuels. This is the way forward proposed … Read more