A Convert to the Cause

The environmental movement has an unlikely convert to the cause: Tom Steyer, a Californian and hedge fund founder whose funds included shares in fossil fuel and pipeline companies. Last year he came to recognize that climate change was the defining issue for his generation. In words reminiscent of President Obama, he stated: “I have a passion to push for what I believe is the right thing.”

His passion stretched all the way to Massachusetts, where he intervened in the Democratic Primary to succeed Senator John Kerry, who is now the U.S. Secretary of State.  He supported one candidate who opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline, and launched an advertising campaign against another who was in favour.

A Globe and Mail article on Steyer comments that California is a long way from Massachusetts and the Keystone issue is “moot” to Massachusetts voters.   Steyer’s explanation for his involvement is that climate change issues affect all U.S. states.

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The new “Two Solitudes”

“We have been educated all our lives to the importance of the oil sands.”

That’s the comment of a resident of a small Alberta town in the context of the Keystone XL pipeline debate.   Canadian environmentalists must recognize that these comments are typical of the strongly held views of a majority of the population in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The attitude of these residents has been supported by Conservative Cabinet Ministers who note that GreenHouse Gas emissions from the tar sands are small when compared with the carbon smog generated by the populous developing countries.  How easy it is for our Government to point the finger at China and India for their increasing GreenHouse Gas emissions.

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Hockey Coaches and the Tar Sands

President Obama met the Los Angeles Kings, and their coach, Darryl Sutter.  According to a Globe and Mail front page story published prior to the meeting, Sutter was determined to speak to the President about the need to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The Globe and Mail, which editorially supports Keystone XL, gave Sutter’s determination … Read more

Josef Goebbels and Climate Change

The Globe & Mail’s editorial pages featured comments by Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, in which he extolled the success of his recent trip to the U.S. selling the tar sands. Oliver used that platform to attack the NDP leader, Tom Mulcair, who is Washington-bound this week. “A responsible politician would not travel … Read more

Troubling but Welcome!

The Globe’s editorial comment on the status of U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline bears the caption in the on-line Globe  “A troubling message from the U.S. Ambassador on climate change”.   In the first sentence the editorial acknowledges that there is also something welcome in this message.

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