A Post Script to “The biggest Merchant of Doubt”

As reported in our March 18th blog (The Biggest Merchant of Doubt), Exxon Mobil asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for permission to bar a shareholder resolution sponsored by two large pension funds.  The resolution would have required Exxon to set emissions targets aligned with “greenhouse gas reduction goals established by the Paris … Read more

The Vacuum in The State of the Union Address

Yesterday U.S.  President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union Address to the US Houses of Congress. In general terms this Address emphasizes the successes of Federal Administration over the past year. Just as important, the Address identifies the issues to be addressed by the President and his Republican supporters over this year. President … Read more

Three!!! Hurricanes and untold devastation!

We have watched with concern as Caribbean Islands and Southern US states have been devastated by hurricanes: Harvey, then Irma, and now Jose!  All of these hurricanes have been “fed” by warmer than usual ocean waters . . . . a clear demonstration how global warming increases the destructive power of hurricanes. The 2015 Paris … Read more

“NAFTA -Is Climate Change In or Out”?

Andrew Scheer, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, stated that in the NAFTA Negotiations Canada should not propose inclusion of climate change measures. Scheer tagged such measures as “social issues”, along with gender equality and aboriginal rights.  Erin O’Toole, the Conservative Shadow Foreign Minister, characterized these measures as “virtue signalling,”, inferring that they … Read more

Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Climate Change won’t go way – even though President Trump is taking the US out of the Paris Accord. The public support in the United States for action on climate change and in favour of the Accord is something President Trump did not expect.  Otherwise he probably would not have repeated his script writer’s memorable words … Read more

US drops out of the Paris Accord! What will the future bring?

Fast Forward to November 4th 2020.  The US Presidential Race is a close contest between Donald Trump and a Democratic challenger with sound environmental credentials. It is three years after Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Paris Accord.  November 4 2020 is the date when its withdrawal is effective. Those years have … Read more

The Morality of Getting Out!

In an audience with Pope Francis, Donald Trump received a copy of the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si.  This Encyclical powerfully states the moral case for actions to reduce Climate Change. Trump would not have to read the whole Encyclical to identify the moral case. Quoting Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Encyclical (Paragraph … Read more

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