Climate Summits

Stay home Minister Kent, says Sierra Club Canada

Media Release, November 28, 2011

OTTAWA - Environment Minister Kent should stay home for the next two weeks and NOT participate in the United Nations climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Indeed, Canada's absence from the negotiations would be seen by many as a good thing.

"Rather than waste taxpayers' money doing the bidding of the oil companies and winning Fossil of the Day awards, one austerity measure this government could and should take is to stay home,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “The money saved could keep several government scientists employed for years and it would be welcomed by nearly everyone," said Mr. Bennett.

Fossil of the Day awards go to countries that deliberately ignore their responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and try to block a global agreement," said Mr. Bennett. “And that’s exactly what Canada is doing.”... Read more »

Amid dire warming warnings, Canada is MIA

Later this month, the countries of the world will gather in Durban, South Africa, to discuss climate change. The omens for progress are poor; the forecast for global warming is worse.

So says the International Energy Agency, hardly a left-wing pinko organization but, rather, one that collects and analyzes information for energy-importing industrialized countries.

The IEA minced no words. “On planned policies, rising fossil-fuel energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change.”

“Irreversible and potentially catastrophic” are words not written lightly. They don’t come from the United Nations, the favourite target of the climate-change deniers and skeptics. They don’t pour forth from the David Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace or the Sierra Club. Rather, they come from the blue chip of energy analysts, relied on by government and industry alike around the world.... Read more »

A coal-fired plant and the lie of the land

Stephen Harper can’t allow new coal-fired electricity plants to be built, such as the one Maxim Power is proposing in Alberta, and achieve his promise to reduce Canadian greenhouse-gas emissions 17 per cent by 2020. As a researcher of energy-economy systems, I say this with virtual certainty. I also know that any scholar in my field would agree with me, and that the Prime Minister’s expert advisers would tell him the same thing. The reasons are simple.... Read more »

Bureaucrats urged Kent to take global warming seriously

Global warming is the world’s greatest environmental challenge and Canada is falling behind the United States in reducing the pollution from industry that is causing the problem, say newly released briefing notes prepared for Environment Minister Peter Kent.

The warnings, submitted to Kent in January when he took over the environment portfolio in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, say global warming will have significant social, political and economic implications, putting Canada on the hot seat over its own record and commitments.

“Climate change is the most serious environmental issue facing the world today and carries with it significant impacts on human health and safety, the economy, natural resources, and ecosystems in Canada and throughout the world,” say the briefing notes, which were released under access-to-information legislation.
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Industry sponsorship of ministerial conference throws gasoline on a simmering fire

Talk about providing fuel for your enemies. Clearly, the Alberta government doesn't understand optics. How else to explain why the wealthiest province in Canada sought out industry sponsors for the Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference in Kananaskis that started on Saturday and ended Tuesday?

It was Alberta's turn to host the annual federalprovincial government conference and as is Alberta's way, it just had to show how different and entrepreneurial it is by getting industry to pick up some of the costs. But what it really showed more than anything is just how utterly tone-deaf Ed Stelmach's government is to the cacophonous, unfair and often-effective campaigns launched by environmental groups against Alberta's primary industry - oil and gas.... Read more »


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