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

The end of one battle and the beginning of the next!  

Approval of Keystone would have been a great setback.  So 4RG appreciates the support of the campaign against Keystone from other countries, particularly from Norwegian grandparents. Yet there is much more to be done.  If the next US President is a Republican, the rejection of Keystone could be overturned So President Obama’s rejection of Keystone … Read more

Nice Try, Keystone!

We recently commented on the request by TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL) to delay the Presidential decision whether to approve the Keystone pipeline.  The President rejected this request for a delay – a rejection that clearly was inevitable.  TCPL’s justification for its request had nothing to do with the larger climate change issues by which Keystone must … Read more

A desperate move that makes sense!

Trans Canada Pipelines (TCPL) recognizes that President Obama will not approve a permit for the cross border construction of the Keystone pipeline.  The only chance of approval is the election of a Republican President in 2016. To keep the possibility of approval of Keystone alive, TCPL has made a formal request to President Obama to … Read more

An Energy Super Flop!

For years our Federal Government boasted that Canada was an energy super power.  Faced with the reality of low oil prices, the Government has abandoned this language, but its “energy super power” policies basically remain unchanged. The fossil fuel industry, on which Provincial Governments counted for jobs and revenue to finance education, health care and … Read more

Social Licence

Jeffrey Simpson, one of our favourite columnists, criticized aboriginals and environmentalists for tying up approvals for major pipeline projects.  He rejects their use of “social licence” objections as irrelevant to the process for the approval of these projects. He suggests that social licence encourages critics to believe that they decide what project “should proceed, when … Read more

A Necessary but Unfortunate Ambiguity

In a previous blog (“Having your cake and eating it too”,) we suggested that the Council of the Federation, i.e. the Provincial Premiers, would support pipelines allowing Alberta crude to get to new markets. Earlier this year, Premier Rachel Notley supported the development of the tar sands.  At her first Council meeting, she was diplomatic … Read more