That Fossil award: it’s back!

At the1999 COP held at Bonn, a German organization promoted an award “Fossil of the Day” to be conferred on countries whose actions were most detrimental to the reduction of GHG emissions.   A later coalition of environmental organization promoted a “Colossal Fossil” award. These awards “caught on”.  When the Federal Conservatives formed the Government, Canada was … Read more

Trump spoils the party at Merrakech!

The challenge facing COP 22 (Marrakech) was to resolve many climate change issues not settled at COP 21 by The Paris Agreement. The hope was that the US and China would again provide the leadership at Marrakech that they had shown at COP21. That hope was seriously undermined by the election of Donald Trump as … Read more

“Cherry Picking at its finest!”

Christopher Booker, one of the founders of “Private Eye”, is a frequent contributor to the Telegraph, a UK newspaper.  He has written numerous controversial columns for the Telegraph since 1990, many of which dispute the conclusions of the IPCC on climate change. This activity has gained him recognition as one of the leading Denialists in … Read more

Stephen Leahy:  Canada’s Environmental Journalist

Stephen Leahy, a freelance international journalist who resides just outside of Toronto,is a 2012 co-winner of the UN Global Media Prize for climate change coverage.  He and his colleagues were the source of commentary appearing on the Warsaw Climate Conference (COP 18) of published IN 4RG last fall. These are busy days for international journalists … Read more

“Dire Warning” means really DIRE!

A  Globe & Mail headline for a front page article on the latest UN Climate Change Report released by the IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) described it as a “Dire Warning”.  The Globe found those words so alarming that it has withdrawn them from its online database of published articles. In our opinion … Read more

Running out of time!

Since the Rio summit on climate change in 1992, the world has continued on its path of increasing CO2 emissions.   Governments approved the Kyoto Convention but ignored its requirement of reducing these emissions.   With this inaction, the world has lost essential breathing room. The latest UN report tells us that we now have a bigger challenge … Read more

A misguided policy

The Canadian Government has used a number of catch phrases to legitimize its support of fossil fuels.  The Government described its environmental monitoring and regulation of the tar sands as “world-class”, also referring to Canada in this context as “a world leader”.  Although the international community recognized these words as meaningless hype, many Canadians were re-assured that environmental risks were under control.

The value of Canadian dollar, also known as our petrodollar, soared.  Most Canadians considered that this development validated the goal of Canada as “an energy super-power”.

The Canadian Government countered criticism that an inflated dollar was detrimental to Canada’s manufacturing base. Supported by the Alberta Government and the fossil fuel industry, it emphasized that the exploitation of the tar sands resulted in substantial purchases of goods and services from suppliers in other Provinces.

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