Archive for the 'Climate Change' Category

What’s the worst that could happen

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

My Sister sent this video to me on Facebook. I can’t find a flaw in this fellow’s reasoning, so I’m doing my bit and putting it out there as well.

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Thank God Somebody is Doing Something

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

“British Columbia is teaming up with European Union countries and U.S. states in an international effort to fight climate change.” the CBC reported yesterday.

In the absence of leadership from Canada’s “past-the-best-before-date” Government, B.C. premier Gordon Campbell has signed his province on with the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP).

According to Campbell:

“We believe that if we co-ordinate the development of our cap and trade system with the European system, with the Norwegian system, and with the system in the northeastern part of the United States, we build a larger marketplace, we build consistency and stability over the long term for this and it’s a critical component of us reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases globally,”

Good for him! Just because Mr. Harper has no intention of helping to fight climate change, doesn’t mean that the provinces need to follow suit. In fact, California, Maine, New Jersey and New York were also signatories to the initial Political Declaration released from Lisbon on Oct. 29, 2007

ICAP exists to create facilitate a global framework allowing individual Carbon Markets to learn from each other with an eye to combining them worldwide.

Where was Canada while this historic meeting was taking place? According to Environment Minister John Baird in question period today (Oct 30, 2007), “Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada was represented at the meeting by our ambassador in Lisbon.” When pressed by Liberal member John Godfrey as to the ambassador’s capacity and on the Conservative’s inaction on climate change in general Mr. Baird replied:

Mr. Speaker, we sent a senior representative of the Government of Canada, the most senior representative in the country to be part of these meetings. I look forward to meeting Premier Campbell to-morrow to learn more about these exciting things.”

Apparently “the most senior representative of the Government of Canada” has not bothered to brief the Environment Minister on the talks since he has to wait to meet with Mr. Campbell to find out what went on!

It is clear, the Conservative government has no intention of doing anything on the climate file. It is up to the rest of us to do what is right and advance Canada piece by piece towards meeting our Kyoto targets.

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CCCE Reading from the Green Party Playbook

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

On October 1st the Canadian Council of Chief Executives released a paper entitled Clean Growth: Building a Canadian Environmental Superpower that bears a lot of similarity to Green Party policies specifically the Green Party Climate Plan:A New Energy Revolution to Avert Climate Catastrophe released on June 5, 2007. Green Party leader Elizabeth May has already praised the report saying, “We applaud the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) for pointing out the need for immediate action on global warming,” in an Oct 2nd press release.

My good friend Vanessa pointed out to me last night, “when something is in quotes you need to look up the source.” She is absolutely right and I invite you to read both. I would like to highlight one passage of note though. (more…)

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