Question: Ontario’s Emission Targets

Ontario has a provincial Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction target that reflects scientific opinion as to what is needed to reduce emissions and avoid run-away climate change.  These targets are: 6% below 1990 levels by 2014 (which Ontario will meet), 15% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Question: Would your party, if elected, move a Legislative Resolution by which the Provincial Legislature re-affirms Ontario’s commitment to those targets?

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If you read the Globe Editorial on Climate Change. . .

. . . you would have noted that the Globe is no longer sitting on the fence.

Today’s Globe editorial describes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment report “as a jolt of reality.” The editorial recommends that Ottawa “re-think its current do-next-to-nothing policy on emissions.” And adds: “On carbon emissions, Canada’s efforts rank as an epic fail.”

An “epic fail” is hardly complimentary. Still, the editorial could have stated that Canada ranks dead-last in its peer group, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  This fact would have brought home just how poorly Canada has been performing.

Read moreIf you read the Globe Editorial on Climate Change. . .

Gilbert and Sullivan on Canada’s climate leadership!

As did many grandparents, I grew up with Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.  Regrettably these charming musical and literary offerings are the now preserve of traditionalists.  But they still have a message for our times.

I sang – not very well and so not very loudly – in the chorus of “The Gondoliers”.  One of the leading characters in the Gondoliers was a regimental commander, the Duke of Plaza-Toro. (For Gilbert & Sullivan diehards go to YouTube to appreciate the Duke at his finest!)

The recent performance of Canada at COP19 reminded me of the Duke.

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Getting away from official Press Releases

Stephen Leahy and independent journalists from other countries will be reporting on COP 19, which will be held this month in at Warsaw.  They will relate COP 19 issues to the consequences of climate change in their own countries.

The COP 19 “negotiations” will continue from November 11th to November 22. You can follow reports (in English) by going to The Climate News Mosaic.

During last year’s COP at Doha, typhoon Bopha hit the Philippines.  The delegates were moved by an emotional speech by a delegate from the Philippines referring to the death, damage and destruction caused by that typhoon. His message was simple: no more delays, no more excuses.

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At last: a Canadian Statesman

At the 4RG Guelph Climate Change Forum, Stephane Dion did not back away from his support for a carbon tax as the best legislative weapon to reduce Greenhouse Gases that are largely responsible for climate change. He suggested that at the 2015 Paris Conference on climate change countries could agree on the level of carbon … Read more

The road to COP 19 (Warsaw)

The negotiations for a world climate change treaty continue during the months between the annual COP conferences, the last of which (Conference of the Parties 18) was held at Qatar last November-December and the next to be held in Warsaw in November of this year.  The difference is that these interim negotiations are attended by civil servants of the Kyoto countries, UN representatives, observers and NGO’s.  These interim negotiations concentrate on the details necessary to flesh out any agreement on fundamental commitments. National leaders do not participate in these interim negotiations.

The bureaucrats did manage to produce some interesting concepts.  The 2015 agreement on climate change that is to replace Kyoto cannot be cast in stone, or “frozen in time” but must be “dynamic”.  Nobody outside of the participants has explained what such an agreement would look like.

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Canada’s Travelling Salesman: Part 2

We have said that Canada’s Energy Minister, Joe Oliver, is too closely associated with the fossil fuel companies that the Minister’s department is supposed to regulate.  We suspect that the failure of his department, coupled with a lack of pressure from Environment Canada to regulate the tar sands, is attributable to this coziness.

Oliver’s extravagant compliments of the tar sands as part of his  sales pitch to US businesses to press for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline demonstrate this near unity of interest between the regulator and the regulated industry.

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