Press Clipping: Months of speculation ended Sunday when Premier Rachel Notley and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips announced a carbon tax is coming to Alberta. Pricing carbon is one of the most sensible policy prescriptions to address greenhouse gas emissions, so this is good news. But, of course the devil is in the details, so we should explore some of those.
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Press Clipping: Alberta's climate change strategy includes a tax on carbon, a cap on oilsands emissions, a phasing out of coal-fired electricity and an emphasis on wind power. "Our goal is to become one of the world's most progressive and forward-looking energy producers," said Premier Rachel Notley. "We are turning the page on the mistaken policies of the past, policies that have failed to provide the leadership our province needed."
Press Clipping: Canada has a lot of catching up to do in terms of mitigating global climate change. That’s the main message of Climate Action Network Canada’s (CANC) Road Map to Paris, a list of recommendations for the Canadian government to consider during COP preparations and negotiations. The sentiment behind the road map is that Canada needs to do its “fair share” of climate change mitigation.
Press Clipping: It is true that each individual fossil fuel project is only a tiny contributor to the totality of climate change. But the industry as a whole is a high-functioning, high-earning, high-influence death machine that is driving civilization toward disaster, knowingly so. Some sand has got to be thrown in the gears. That's what the Keystone campaign was, what all supply-side campaigns are: sand in the gears.
Press Clipping: The fossil-fuel industry—which, for two centuries, underwrote our civilization and then became its greatest threat—has started to take serious hits. At noon today, President Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline, becoming the first world leader to turn down a major project on climate grounds. Eighteen hours earlier, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he’d issued subpoenas to Exxon, the richest and most profitable energy company in history, after substantial evidence emerged that it had deceived the world about climate change. These moves don’t come out of the blue. They result from three things.
Press Clipping: Nearly every mainstream climate scientist has said that a big portion of the fossil fuels now in the ground must remain there if the world is to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. That simple fact lay at the heart of President Obama’s decision on Friday to say no to the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. The decision, which ends seven years of legal and political wrangling, was correct, on moral as well as scientific grounds.
Press Clipping: In a matter of 48 hours, newly minted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have rescued the promise of Canadian climate policy from the political dustbin and put it at the top of his agenda where it belongs. As several media outlets are reporting, Trudeau's recent comments and decisions are sparking new hope that Canada finally will take the necessary steps to combat climate change after 10 years of stubborn inaction by the Harper Conservatives. Let’s just hope Trudeau puts his money where his mouth (and pen) is.
Press Clipping: Leaders in Canada’s environmental community are expressing optimism about the appointment of lawyer Catherine McKenna as Minister of Environment and Climate Change at a swearing in ceremony in Ottawa Wednesday morning. “Including climate change in the environment minister’s title signals how high a priority this issue is to our new federal government,” said Merran Smith, executive director of Clean Energy Canada.