Tag: Emissions

NDP and Green climate plans gloss over emissions from oil and gas production

A while back I surmised that a return to politics by Svend Robinson would mean the NDP carrying a tougher position on climate change into the federal election campaign. Although that still could happen, last week’s campaign-style release of the party’s 22-page Climate Plan “Power to Change, ” put that idea in jeopardy. In January this year Robinson marked his return to electoral politics with a statement that is simply common sense if this country is serious about living up to its decade-old commitment of reducing its GHG emissions by something in the order of 30 per cent over...

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Climate chaos: Kenney aims to make a bad situation worse

Among the several examples of foolery – cutting off oil to B.C., a referendum on equalization – that accompanied his swearing-in as Premier of Alberta last week, one statement by Jason Kenney stood out. The man who had pledged to spend multi-millions on a war room to attack those who say anything negative about the oil industry declared the need “to strike the right balance between environmental protection and economic growth.” In a story under the headline “Kenney vows to restore balance,” the Globe and Mail reported Kenney’s assertion that “there is no balance in Alberta right now” but...

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Hype abounds as oil “crisis” trumps climate emergency

Would that the environmental crisis posed by global warming could pass so quickly. After a couple of weeks of national teeth gnashing over the plight of Canada’s oil industry it turns out that the economic Apocalypse will be delayed, if not cancelled altogether. As last week ended, we learned that contrary to the drumbeat of the doomsayers, Alberta was not on the eve of destruction and that Canadian oil was no longer being sold at fire sale prices. The most dramatic onslaught of contrary facts came via Stats Canada’s December labour force report. It revealed that not only is...

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Why McNeil Liberals should embrace carbon price but (likely) won’t

The immortal words of Obi-Wan Kenobe came to mind this week when Margaret Miller staged her walkout from the federal-provincial Environment Ministers’ meeting in Montreal. For the first time in ages one could detect a “disturbance in The Force” – a.k.a Liberal Land. There were not exactly cries of terror, like those that roiled the Force in Star Wars. But after acquiescing to earlier slights over issues like the Supreme Court vacancy and health transfers Miller’s protest promenade over carbon pricing represented a change in tactics for the McNeil Liberals. At first glance, the McNeil government seems to be...

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Straight talk from Alberta on GHG emissions and oil

The Edmonton-based Parkland Institute this week released a timely reality check that most of Canada’s politicians and media will likely try to ignore. The leftish think tank based at the University of Alberta stated bluntly that reducing greenhouse gas emissions while growing the oil and gas sector is like wanting to “have your cake and eat it too.” Parkland’s report http://www.parklandinstitute.ca/ is written by David Hughes, described as an earth scientist who has studied the energy resources of Canada and the United States for more than four decades, including 32 years with the Geological Survey of Canada. He argues...

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RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, a former radio and TV producer and weekly newspaper editor, and the author of three non-fiction books. Starr has lived in Dartmouth for more than 30 years.

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