Misspoke – but accurate!

At a recent town hall meeting Prime Minister Trudeau commented: “We can’t shut down the oil sands tomorrow. We need to phase them out. We need to manage the transition off of our dependence on fossil fuels.” These remarks led to a storm of protest, to which Trudeau responded (apologized?) : “I said something the … Read more

A “Wall”-a-buster

The Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, recognizes the seriousness of climate change.Even so he is against the Federal Government’s proposal to reduce CO2 emissions that are the cause of climate change.  Wall opposes  the Federal policy to put a price on carbon, whether it is by a carbon tax or by cap and trade. He … Read more

Aviation Emissions will continue to take off!

The Canadian Government has not pressured our aviation industry into taking steps to reduce GHG emissions. In our September letter to The Honourable Catherine McKenna, we urged Canada to change course and take a firm message to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference at Montreal in September that further delay is unacceptable. We recently … Read more

Ottawa tries to find the Balance – Friday’s Globe Editorial

The Globe Editorial confidently starts with this claim: “Canada is blessed with an abundance of oil and gas . . “ This abundance is now a mixed blessing: Canada is one of the largest per capita contributors to GHG emissions.  Canada now has the difficult task of weaning Canadians off fossil fuels. “[The Globe]: Figuring … Read more

Curbing “Wild West” emissions!

In January 2011 we commented on the need to reduce GHG emissions from air travel.  These emissions have increased – in part due to the increasing popularity of air travel among citizens of the developed nations and in part because the international aviation industry did little except talk about reducing emissions. In 2008 the European … Read more

Climate Change: the Need for Optimism

Not so long ago, the US and China were regarded as obstacles to the reduction of GHG emissions that are the principal cause of climate change. Yet these two countries very recently ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which requires a country-by-country reduction in emissions needed to avoid global warming to a degree that … Read more

A difficult Choice

The Ontario Climate Action Plan was unofficially disclosed a month ago.  Since then there has been an email battle among environmentalists between those who focus on point the shortcomings of the Plan and those who defend the Government’s choices. Both camps make reasonable points.  Environmentalists criticizing the Plan point out that Ontario’s share of the reduction … Read more

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