Who won Thursday’s debate moderated by the Editor of the Globe and Mail: Harper, Mulcair or Trudeau? That seems to be the only important conclusion to be drawn from the spectacle of these Leaders trading jibes and insults. All three knew what they wanted to say and somehow managed to say it, whether their remarks … Read more
Canada has just submitted to the UNITED NATIONS its independently nationally determined contributions (INDC) to the reduction of global GHG emissions. As usual, Canada’s submission included the buzz words “ambitious targets” and “decisive action”. The submission undertakes that Canada’s 2030 emissions will be 30% below 2005 emissions, a year when our country’s emissions were close … Read more
As required by the Kyoto Protocol Russia recently delivered its formal statement on future GHG emissions. Essentially Russia told the UN Secretariat that it would do nothing to curb emissions until 2030. Russia expects a free ride over those intervening years Canada must also advise the Secretariat of its targets for reduced emissions. According to … Read more
We have to thank the Edmonton Journal for the ultimate description of Canada’s record in cutting GHG emissions: “Though our icefields are melting fast, our action on climate change has been glacial.” If you want to see what this glacier looked like 90 years ago, click to see this Edmonton Journal commentary and photo.
On hearing that Ontario was joining a cap and trade system with Quebec and California to set a price on carbon, our finance Minister, Joe Oliver, reacted predictably. He described cap and trade as effectively a tax. Horrors! Oliver objected to cap and trade as it would raise the price of everything for hard working … Read more
Canada’s December’s presentation at the UN sponsored COP Paris could be two-faced. One face will be our Federal Conservative Government. The second face will be Provinces who are serious about reducing GHG. The Federal Government must submit Canada’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC’s) for Greenhouse Gas reductions to the UN. No less a person than … Read more
In a recent poll by Nanos Research, a majority of Canadians ranked Canada’s performance in reducing GHG emissions as “poor” or “very poor”. And a large majority want the Federal Government to take the lead in crafting tax policies that will cut emissions. But when it came to the question what form these taxes might … Read more