Tag: Emissions

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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Climate Talks II: Real Change, Real Challenge

The media war drums around this month’s First Minister’s climate change meeting subsided pretty quickly. Climate delinquent Brad Wall got to play captain petro for a while and instead of the nation-shattering confrontation anticipated by some, the FMs signed up to a collective effort to a cut of at least 30% in GHG emissions over the next 15 years. Then the nation’ s media turned their eyes to Washington glitz and speculation about this week’s federal budget. The fact that the climate change talks dropped almost immediately out of the news cycle was no surprise. The media were looking...

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Climate talks: Mr. Trudeau, tear down that Wall!

If nothing else, you have to admire the guy’s chutzpah. Brad Wall, Premier of the most unapologetic greenhouse gas polluting province in the country, managed to emerge from last week’s First Minister’s meeting on climate change as a regional hero. Although Alberta and its tar sands have acquired an international reputation as Canada’s climate bad guy, neighbouring Saskatchewan has been much, much worse. Between 1990, the generally accepted base year for assessing efforts to contain GHG emissions, and 2013, the most recent reporting year, Wall’s Saskatchewan has increased its per-capita emissions by 46.0%. Over that same period, every other...

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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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