A Climate Change Battleground

In our recent blog “A Seat at the Table” we speculated how US actions under Donald Trump would impact the international infrastructure under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In his last days in office, President Obama approved payment of $500 million to the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) that was established … Read more

COP 21 – The Leadership Factor – Cautious Optimism

The reductions in carbon emissions reported in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted by the COP 21 countries are far short of what is required.   To stay within 2°C of warming, COP 21 countries must promise greater reductions. For increased reductions there must be momentum towards an effective agreement.  Momentum requires on-the-ground leadership. Two individuals … Read more

Finally – the right outcome!

President Obama has rejected the application of Trans Canada Pipeline to approve Keystone.  Simply put, the President accepted the opinion of the US State Department that approval would not be in the national interest. Strategically the decision was perfectly timed.  The US economy is on a tear and unemployment has dropped below 5%.  So the … 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

Reactions to the Papal Encyclical!

US Republicans criticised the Pope for not sticking to his job, for giving advice on economic policy, and failing to leave science to the scientists. Democrats supported the Encyclical.  President Obama deeply admired “the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action … Read more

A Canadian Public Relations Strategy

Nearly five years ago Jim Prentice, then Minister of the Environment in the Federal Cabinet, made it clear to the power industry that Canada’s 2020 emission target required a move away from coal. The next year the Federal Government banned construction of new generating plants fired by coal unless equipped with Carbon Capture and Storage. … Read more