“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” explains Canada’s climate policy.

The Federal Government is once again re-assuring Canadians that economic growth can be consistent with reduction of Canada’s GHG emissions. Canada accepted emission reduction targets when it ratified the Paris Agreement. The consensus of experts  is that the Paris Agreement targets agreed to by all countries are unambitious. These targets will not limit global warming … Read more

Canada, a Climate Change Laggard?

Deciding which countries will successfully meet climate change goals is as difficult as choosing the winning horse before a race starts. There are too many variables to be certain of the outcome., So, just as in a horse race, an assessment of a country’s commitment to meet these goals requires a consideration of “the odds”, … Read more

Responsibilities of Senators

Tony Dean is an unaffiliated senator from Ontario and a member of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (the Committee). He set out the responsibilities of Senators in these terms: “The only thing asked of us by the PM (Trudeau) was that we should bring an independent perspective to our work … Read more

Re-Negotiating NAFTA to cover Climate Change

In the 2016 US Presidential election campaign, Donald Trump promised that if elected he would pull the US out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  To avoid this extreme result, the other NAFTA parties, Mexico and Canada, recently proposed a re-negotiation of NAFTA.  President Trump agreed, and identified specific sectors, such as softwood … Read more

A View from Alberta?

Andrew Leach is s Professor at the University of Alberta School of Business and Chair of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Panel. He reacted strongly to criticisms by environmentalists of Justin Trudeau for shortcomings in Canada’s Climate Change Policy. To quote from a Leach article appearing in the April 25th edition of the Globe and Mail: “Should … Read more

Good & Bad News – March 2017

Here’s a collection of some of recent good and bad news about climate change that Al Slavin has compiled from around the web. Some bad news While some technological and political progress is being made to slow the rise in greenhouse-gas emissions, almost all the climate science news is bad, showing an accelerating problem that … Read more

Stay the Course!!

Today’s (March 8) Globe and Mail Headline in the Business Section reads: “Ottawa to stay course on climate: minister.”  Ironically, Canada’s actual climate course is not sufficient to meet its long term commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Less than a year ago Canada signed the Paris Accord, accepting its targets for reduced emissions. For … Read more