Re-Negotiating NAFTA to cover Climate Change

In the 2016 US Presidential election campaign, Donald Trump promised that if elected he would pull the US out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  To avoid this extreme result, the other NAFTA parties, Mexico and Canada, recently proposed a re-negotiation of NAFTA.  President Trump agreed, and identified specific sectors, such as softwood … Read more

COP 23: WILL THE UNITED STATES BE AT THE TABLE?

Representatives of the members of the Arctic Council agreed on a draft statement covering the May 17 meeting of Council. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland  noted the significance of the United States agreeing to the Council’s statement that supported the Paris agreement on climate change. After the draft text was circulated to the US Government, Rex Tillerson, the … Read more

Get Ready for it!

When President Trump was elected, 4RG anticipated that the US would not contribute anything useful to the development of international climate change policy and sound environmental measures over the next 4 years. In fact the future effort to check climate change may be more seriously effected. We expect that tomorrow (or soon thereafter) the US will … Read more

NAFTA and Climate Change

  In his election campaign, President Trump stated that he would “tear up” the Paris Accord.  More recently he has criticized the Accord for imposing on the US a high level of pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an United Nations institution that finances impoverished countries to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate the effects of climate … Read more

Coal wins!

The first step taken by Trump after being sworn in as President?- his  instruction to the US Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website.  Today (March 28) Trump issued an executive order rescinding Obama’s laws that compelled coal fired power plants to reduce GHG emissions.( Coal generated power plants are the largest … Read more

Climate Change: Speak to your MP

For two months Toronto Environmental Organizations (including 4RG) have been meeting with Liberal MP’s for the Greater Toronto area. These meetings were prompted by concerns that the Liberal Government is backing off its policies to reduce climate change, and has abandoned its proposals for electoral reform. A small citizens group visited Rob Oliphant, the MP … Read more

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