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

Climate Change Forum – Questions and Answers

Question: The BC Carbon Tax is only on the combustion of fossil fuels:  livestock is a major emitter of GHG – so why isn’t the livestock business taxed? A Partial answer:  Environmentalists are aware of this issue but for the most part have not yet identified cattle ranching as a necessary target. The livestock industry … Read more

A Canadian Public Relations Strategy

Nearly five years ago Jim Prentice, then Minister of the Environment in the Federal Cabinet, made it clear to the power industry that Canada’s 2020 emission target required a move away from coal. The next year the Federal Government banned construction of new generating plants fired by coal unless equipped with Carbon Capture and Storage. … Read more

Our Federal Government:  Wayne Gretsky in reverse

Most Canadians know Number 99’s famous one-liner: “I SKATE TO WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING TO BE, NOT WHERE IT HAS BEEN!” Why quote our famous Wayne in a climate change blog?  To emphasize the wrong-headedness of our Federal Government that is doing everything it can to increase and market Canada’s production of fossil fuels.  … Read more

Phasing Out Coal

In one country – the US – reducing GHG emissions requires replacing coal-fired generating plants.  In another – India – emissions will increase as many more such plants are built. At the September UN Summit in New York, the Indian Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar said his government is not planning to cut its greenhouse gas … Read more

Canada continues to be an outlier on GHG emissions!

The world’s two largest GHG emitters, the US and China, are going one way, and Canada is going another. Fact: Tar sands emissions have doubled since 1990 and are projected to double again by 2020. Fact: The proposed energy pipelines, Keystone XL and Energy East, are infrastructure for export of tar sands oil. Fact: Because of … Read more

Hypocrisy?  You be the judge.

So what did Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister of the Environment say when she spoke to the recent United Nations Climate Summit?

As predicted Ms. Aglukkaq referred to recent draft regulations governing emissions from motor vehicles.  These regulations, promised two years ago, align Canada with similar US regulations.

The Minister also referred to the regulation of coal-fired electricity generating plants.  Nothing new there:  these regulations have been around for some time, and won’t  result in reduced emissions for many years.

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