Résultats pour le hashtag #environment-2

  • #environment-2 hard to believe that the environment isn’t front and centre with this party. we seem to back most pipeline projects which will transport oil sands to foreign markets, almost like we got away for years with exporting asbestos and taking no responsibility for the negative impacts. I find it harder and harder to support a party…[En afficher davantage]

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    • What would satisfy you though?[no snark] A Carbon tax? A national energy plan that laid out clear bench mrks for transitioning away from oilsands? Or do you want more?
      I really can’t see any responsible govt just shutting down the oil sands.[ we'd have a western separatist movement up and running in under 5 years.[Harper would doubtless be…[En afficher davantage]

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      • That’s a very good comment, Ken. I feel we’re becoming like the USA, where politicians KNOW that The Affordable Health Care Act is good for their citizens and an absolute for the country (once the bugs have been cleaned out), but won’t stand by it because of a personal fear of not being re-elected. Canadians weren’t like that, we knew what…[En afficher davantage]

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        • very interesting article on “grist” today on the financial risks of climate change, from the business sector: agriculture, public health, energy systems, coastal infrastructure, and labor productivity. must say I hadn’t even considered “labour productivity” with questions regarding what happens to the construction industry with extremes in…[En afficher davantage]

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      • What would satisfy me, for a start, would be put out the truth to the Canadian public about what percent of our economy is fossil fuel extraction based–much less than the industry ads have everyone believing. Then emphasize how many jobs are being created worldwide in the renewable energy industry. Then endorse truth-telling about the enormous…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Some great ideas there Susan, and using BC as the blueprint seems good to me. I am well aware, though, that many turn off when they hear carbon tax, and all the doom and gloom about climate change. I think any reasonable person would agree that we must do something though, and lead on the issue not just follow. It needs a rebranding (hate to…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Thanks for your reply. Maybe what’s needed, rather than rebranding (a term that makes me shudder) is some vivid imagery. I think of climate change as being like a cliff that our civilization is driving toward. The fossil fuel industry wants us to rev the accelerator and get there sooner, damn the torpedoes. The Conservatives want us all to…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2 from a man always a little ahead of his time…to another of his time:

    “For the first time ever, a former U.S. president has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline.

    The ex-president in question is Jimmy Carter.

    The 39th president joined a group of Nobel laureates to sign a letter urging the current commander-in-chief to…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2
    A risk assessment of climate change would include at minimum the impact on agriculture, energy systems, public health, coastal infrastructure, labour production. Let the party commission this assessment, the costs involved vis a vis better positioning of a new industrial (green) revolution. Harper won’t do it, it’s there for us…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2

    The government of Canada should to focus on Global Warming consequences to the economy. Canada is not prepare to this issue. Government, private sector, and scientist need to investigate deeply the climate change, investing in eco-technology which is able to use in agriculture, and manufacture.

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  • #environment-2 Liberals in Hull-Aylmer and Pontiac passed resolutions endorsing Liberal Caucus efforts to give strong national-park-like protection to Gatineau Park on March 16 and 17. Very well done! Gatineau Park is the only federal park not managed by the National Parks Act. Since 1992, 127 new houses and five new roads have ripped through its…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2 The Conservatives have announced that they will eliminate 1000 jobs at Environment Canada.

    This decision is short-sighted and flies in the face of their claim that they are the best managers of the economy. Given the harsh winter Canadians are still experiencing, it should be clear that environmental policies are part of…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2 It is difficult for anyone to join an ongoing discussion however I would like to see a policy which 1. requires all participant companies in the Athabasca Tar Sands to contribute $x from each barrel of tar sands oil to a superfund which would be used to a. restore the area to its previous natural condition; b. cover the cost of…[En afficher davantage]

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    • John: A fairly complete inventory of what needs to be done already exists. The problem is not to submit a complete list (You are missing Canada’s responsibility to First Nations -FN–Sec. 35- and undertakings by both governments in this regard. Statutes and regulations abound but governments will not enforce them. They do mention them frequently.…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2
    You see Michael there are many ways to solve problems, but moving the negative impact from one area to another, is not a solution. Take for instance your CT, I can see ways of making it work for the individual, as long as production has been limited and must be reduced at the same rate as the consumer cuts back. Ie what we save…[En afficher davantage]

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    • I was under the impression that LPC was committed to fact based policies: There is one fact and one principle that demand to be asserted: 1 Ft. MacMurray tar sands are a giant natural oil spill which has been polluting for millenia and will continue to pollute at its base rate if left undeveloped, This is not to say that its current development…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Lloyd I find some of your statement a little naïve . True enough the undisturbed tax sands, or oil if you wish were definitely going somewhere and I suggest that maybe they were upgrading themselves as they filled the less damaging deep well pockets of oil reserves, and maybe were creating natural gas as well, but they were not creating the…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Sorry Llyod, I reread my reply and did not mean naive the way it sounds, more as misinformed, or not thought out, or misled in reasoning. I appreciated you way of reasoning as I heard some of it before but just do not wholly agree some of with it.

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        • Don: I began my pro career as a geographer. In 1967-’71, a team of scientists, sponsored by a federal-provincial grant, surveyed the natural and human resources of six census divisions north of Edmonton, in Alberta. I edited the biblical volume of research produced. It should be available from the Leg. Library. I worked in human resource…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Hi Lloyd, I sincerely acknowledge your explanations, and apologize if I offended you, I am the naïve one. I guess the written word is not as good and verbal interaction, it does not allow for quick and easy explanation. I accept that the oil sands represent a natural hazard, as do volcanoes, acid rock, geysers and so on, it is just that it…[En afficher davantage]

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            • Hi Don: This site is about politics, the art of the possible. We need energy to create an infrastructure for the hydrogen economy and what is available now is fossil based energy. The object of the well tempered environmentalist is to replace fossil with renewable energy. Please read Davis Suzuki’s latest. When that is done (green energy…[En afficher davantage]

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              • Clearly what you say is true, only everyone’s perspective of the same problems and solutions are different. Mostly I care not so much that my suggestions are taken up, but that some foreword movement is made.

                The main issue is two main things, stop producing oil at the current rate, and find alternatives, then after that comes the cloudy realm…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2
    Here is a ray of sunshine from Europe “EU to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030

    It doesn’t say how they are going to do it (Carbon Tax, Regulations etc.) It does say that they have a Carbon Trading system so maybe that will be there primary tool.

    Cap and Trade is a form of Carbon Tax but you go out and get the best deal…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2
    Here is a report on the latest polling results about the Keystone Pipeline. Opinion is significantly shifting to the opposition side.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/15-7

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    • What this says to me is we should have had a national carbon tax a good while ago, and we need a comprehensive national energy strategy now more than ever.
      What is missing for me in the industry argument is any evidence that we need to double or triple the out put of the oil/tar sands. If we already meet half of the US’s oil needs, when is enough…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Ken:
        According to the IPCC we need to reduce our carbon emissions by 5% per year starting next year. We do this by converting to green energy. The Carbon Tax creates the market forces to lead to the emission reductions. Stephan Dion has recommended that we start at $50 per ton and I think we should go with that.

        That’s all there is to the…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Although I am totally against a carbon tax at our pumps, I would be for one only at the well head with the dirtier oil sands paying more, but I still believe taking a direct route and shutting down the production directly as more effective. Shutting down is direct and positive; taxation only punishes end users without any real affect if people…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Hi Don:
        If we stop production and we don’t have enough gas for our trucks, trains and airplanes it will be difficult politically. A carbon tax introduces market pressures to naturally reduce consumption.

        I don’t disagree with a tax on the wellhead if they can work it out. I can foresee admin problems, but if they can figure out carbon content…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Hi Michael, good to hear you opinions again, even if I can not be in support of them fully. Let the market decide sounds more like conservative slogan to me, not that I disagree the markets are the deciding factor, if and only if and when government does not influence the process with taxation for the purpose of influencing the market.

          I think…[En afficher davantage]

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      • I couldn’t disagree more Don. Imperfect as they are, I regard FNs( particularly in BC) as being a strong buffer against harpers wholesale assault on the environment . I’m intensely proud of the way poor, welfare dependent bands are leaving huge money on the table and sticking to no Gateway.
        I agree about keystone being preferable to Gateway. But…[En afficher davantage]

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        • We desperately need brave and principled leadership on this file in particular. I remain hopeful it will come from a Liberal party that has put it’s scandals behind it, learned some lessons, and is willing to tackle the future with renewed courage and hope.
          Honestly, if we won’t or can’t do this, who will?

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        • Ken:
          A couple of points.
          If they expand the Kinder Morgen pipeline we are simply moving the carbon emissions from Canada to China. It does not matter which county burns it, it will still contribute to over heating of our planet.
          British Columbia has introduced a Carbon Tax successfully without adversely effecting their economy, see…[En afficher davantage]

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          • But surely this is where the rubber hits the road in terms of politics? JT could hold a press conference every day from now to E day. But if his message is just AB is the bad guy, they’re responsible for us not meeting our Copenhagen commitment. And we will lose that election – possibly quite badly.
            I’m over simplifying of course, but we have to…[En afficher davantage]

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            • Ken:
              We can’t start with a solution without defining the problem.
              People know that our polar ice cap is melting and our weather is changing but many don’t know why.

              The science of the hazards of tobacco smoking went through the same stages.

              So the first step is to announce that the planet is heating up and if we do nothing it could be bad for…[En afficher davantage]

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              • I admire your passion. But the last time we led with our chins was with mr Dions Ill fated green shift; we know how that went. You have to remember we aren’t running against ourselves. We have a cunning ruthless opponent out there- two of them in fact. You can’t simply run on hope for the planet alone.
                As cynical as it sounds, wrapping the…[En afficher davantage]

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            • Hi Ken, I think on FN we will be somewhat at odds, I have good friends in FN communities, and they are excellent spokes people against this pipeline, NG, but I also attended the meetings on this pipeline, heard hereditary chiefs speak out against the pipeline with passion, and then heard one speaking to another where they did not see me and say…[En afficher davantage]

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              • My experience doesn’t really match yours Don. I lived on a reserve on the central coast for about 3 years a decade ago. While I recognize the social and hierarchies that pertain on coastal reserves, I think you have to recognize they’re between a rock and a hard place. My reserve was typical – no jobs for 75%+ of the young people. For those guys…[En afficher davantage]

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                • Ken I just think you stated we are mostly in agreement, that the people are with us but the hierarchy may be bought. But in the area of principle of the highest order, they see it totally differently, the principle is not to stand for what is right regardless of income, it is to stand for a way of life that many still use to subsidize the living,…[En afficher davantage]

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                  • Not really. Even the greens support them to an extent.( I think)
                    I’m afraid a no pipelines stance would kill the electoral chances of this party. No offense but wouldn’t the NDP be a better fit for you? (Honest question no snark at all)
                    I’ve come to the conclusion we are running against the most ideological PM in my life time. More then that,…[En afficher davantage]

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                    • Actually I am for pipelines, over other means of transportation, just fully against pipelines that will expand our exports and production, and ones that risk pristine wilderness and ocean when existing corridors already exist. The pipelines I support are the ones that supply us with our needs, and ones that cut ocean shipments of oil.

                      Really I…[En afficher davantage]

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                • WE are not the global economy, we were different, with different rules that helped us miss the brunt of the last economic collaspe. we are a small economy, barely a pawn on the world chess board, and we have to take that a step further, oil does not make us a world economy, just a bigger pawn that the powers are trying to move around to suit…[En afficher davantage]

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          • That is what I am nervous about as well, we do not seem to be willing to take a clear, and deicisive stand, which means we are playing the poll game, we can not be everything to everyone, we have to be transparent, which seems truly a delemia for politicians. Even ours.

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    • Guys, Great discussion on this subject.
      I just picked up one of David Suzuki’s books at the library on Sat., not sure I can finish it, very depressing, for a person born in 1952 and have always been alarmed with the ruthless development in SW Ontario.

      Do you think John Barid was in the US pushing for the answer on Keystone project, so if it was…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Hi Rick:
        Q1. Do you think John Barid was in the US pushing for the answer on Keystone project, so if it was a no, Harper could push thru Gateway, even though, they know it is politically risky?
        A1. Public Opinion in Canada is swinging away from The Northern Gateway…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Q1. Do you think John Barid was in the US pushing for the answer on Keystone project, so if it was a no, Harper could push thru Gateway, even though, they know it is politically risky?
          A1. Public Opinion in Canada is swinging away from The Northern Gateway

          Yes I know that, but SH is going to get a pipeline, one way or another and if Keystone is a…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Hi Rick:
            Q1. So Michael, does the LPC really need to go the carbon tax route or is it better to reinforce regulation and talk National Energy strategy and concrete carbon reduction goals, without attacking the oil industry straight on. LPC has to have a electable policy, and using the word ”tax” only gives the conservatives a ”big” attack…[En afficher davantage]

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            • Micheal, thanks fro your thoughts on this matter. I bow to your expertise.
              I personally think, at this time in history, the LPC talking “tax” of any kind, is going to hurt us getting back into power that’s all. If we aren’t power, more of the same.
              I think even Albertains would like to see a more balanced approach to the development of the tar…[En afficher davantage]

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              • Rick:
                That’s clearly what happened to Stephan Dion but I think times have changed.

                I think people will accept a serious address to Global Warming. The ice caps are indeed melting. The weather is indeed changing, this was not so obvious in 2008.

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                • Don, Michael. This is hard to argue against something, I think should happen as you describe. But I am a realists and our wishes are just that.
                  Look at Neil Young’s campaign against a truly despicable development, that any responsible government would of least, sent back to the company to work out a better solution. Look at the attacks on him,…[En afficher davantage]

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            • Most economists favour a CT over regulation. Harper likes to pretend regulation isn’t more costly and economically inefficient – that isn’t the case.

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      • Do you think John Barid was in the US pushing for the answer on Keystone project, so if it was a no, Harper could push thru Gateway, even though, they know it is politically risky?
        I think that Baird and Harper believe that keystone will not happen soon, that when it does the excuse for Northern Gateway would diminish so they are striking when the…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Don:
          If we reduce the price of fuel in Canada, the oil companies will export it to other countries.
          It is very difficult to interrupt the market place. The oil companies could create all kinds of phoney reasons for not putting oil into Canadian pipelines. Are we going to call in the Army to get the oil companies to co-operate?

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          • Actually Michael, I see your argument but do not believe it, we do export now, mostly within north America, and market forces are telling us that maybe the USA may not need our oil for much longer, so market forces are in our favour. Do you know if we are a net importer or net exporter now? The whole issue is not about where we are, it is about…[En afficher davantage]

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            • Don:
              You are right that a Carbon Tax will only effect Canadian Consumption so the oil companies could simply export the lost demand (with the tax added) to the US.

              You would be right to say the planet would continue heating up.

              But Canada would at least have a model in place for North America. Note California has introduced “Cap and Trade” and…[En afficher davantage]

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              • If we can allow greater quota we can reduce them or at least freeze them , we also control the issuing of permitts for construction of these projects, the expansion of these projects, permitts to tranport oil, create pipelines, etc, so it can be done and fairly easily if we are committed to cutting GHG.

                Next what example are we setting if our…[En afficher davantage]

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                • Don:
                  Lets say we stop production in Alberta but we still need oil to heat our houses, drive our trucks and make electricity because people haven’t changed behaviour.

                  So our suppliers try to import more oil from Venezuela because we desperately need oil. Do you want to be the one who stands up at the Montreal Depot and say that they can’t…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Michael, I finds this goes to that top of the list. http://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/16/athabasca-chipewyan-file-lawsuit-against-shells-jackpine-oil-sands-expansion/?__lsa=0d93-0d9a

      This just plain bad news! LPC should be making some important points with this.

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      • Rick:
        I am so glad the article included a picture. These projects are awesome.

        Unfortunately I don’t know enough about the law to understand how the Court rules in favour of these projects.

        Barack Obama has introduced EPA rules that make it very difficult to build a new coal plant. Maybe we need new Environment Rules to make it difficult to…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Michael, This is what has me concerned. We did the environmental review and it was very much against this expansion. But environmental reviews as with the NGW pipeline are just a review, with the panel pointing out the issues that everyone should be concern themselves with.
          It was up to the government to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Instead,…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Rick:
            This absolutely does not complete. It would appear that the Conservative government is going to override the law.
            Would you not think that Justin Trudeau would express some reservations about this in parliament.

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            • “It would appear that the Conservative government is going to override the law.”

              I maybe wrong, it really isn’t a “law” in legal terms. It is more an advisement, a strong one, but still an advisement. This is is exactly how NGW can go.
              That’s why it is a bit strange, our party isn’t up in arms.

              Also see Martin Stowell posting on this…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Michael, in response to your numerous replies,
      I do not know how to say it, or explain it better, we need energy self sufficiency, that does not mean shortages, it means we do not export, and do not import, but supply all we need for all our needs, and then start taking actions that will reduce our consumption, many of those ideas put forward by…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2
    Michael, in response to your numerous replies,

    I do not know how to say it, or explain it better, we need energy self sufficiency, that does not mean shortages, it means we do not export, and do not import, but supply all we need for all our needs, and then start taking actions that will reduce our consumption, many of those…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2 The Keystone XL pipeline:

    “When presented with nothing but bad choices, it’s wise to remember that the best of the bad choices will always remain the best choice.” – by me

    While interesting this is not necessarily good news for Canada and Canadians since ALL the other alternatives of getting the Oil Sands Oil to foreign…[En afficher davantage]

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    • I think its a matter of debate as to which is worse for the environment – oil sands[ insitu mining may change the calculus a bit] extraction or fracking. Reducing emissions as a pre -condition for approval of keystone makes eminent sense to me. So why is Harper clearly signaling to Washington he will have none of it? His current visit is pretty…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Gunther: In effect, the tar sands represent a world class “natural’ oil spill that pollutes at a base rate, whether it is developed or not. Zero emissions would be good but anything below the base rate would still be progress. http://www.pembina.org/oil-sands/solutions Albertans, who are not in the fossil boom want the tar sands developed to…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2 Environment?–Why I’m surrounded by it.

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    This is an excellent CBC interview of Jian Ghomeshi with Neil Young on the Oil Sands.

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2430282219/

    Maybe Justin should fly up to Fort McMurray and have a look around.

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  • #environment-2
    Here is an interesting article ”Canada dismantles ecological libraries, sacks 1000s of scientists”.

    It would be good to hear some remarks from Justin on this topic.

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  • #environment-2
    Once again the Prime Minister has shown his Alberta-focused, fossil-fuel bias. Guidelines for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been kicked down the road for at least another year – that’s 7 years and counting (almost biblical) with no end in sight. I am sure the fossil fuel industry is pleased as punch while Canada’s oil patch…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Evidently not a priority for the Conservatives. Actions speak louder than platitudes. It is clear people with an environmental conscience should not be voting Conservative. Whether they should be voting Liberal is still undecided.

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    • Len: While I sympathize with your point, you lose me in your perspective: Do you mean to say the HarperCons are not supportive of NB shale, NL off shore, etc.??? Are the folks of Ft. MacKay, Chippewyan, etc. the only ones the HarperCons deem expandable? Many Albertans work tirelessly to improve environmental performance and increase the energy…[En afficher davantage]

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      • My comment is not aimed at Albertans. My comment is specific to the issue of the Prime Minister’s unwillingness to deal with the elephant that is in the room. Without GHG regulation Canada will continue to be a pariah among nations in dealing with its carbon emissions. That is not a position any Albertan or other Canadian can be proud of.…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Len: If that be so you might be interested that regions do “benefit” from the oil play in regions where it happens. According to C.D, Howe Inst. Ontario is second among regions benefiting from Alberta’s oil play in terms of man years of employment. http://albertacanada.com/files/albertacanada/AIS_FuelforThought.pdf
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          • Hi Lloyd,
            Yes Stephan Dion tried to introduce a carbon tax or cap and trade option. Some countries including China are instituting internal carbon markets. But Canada’s government won’t make the tough decision that ultimately it must if we are to deal with rising CO2 levels.
            I am sure that the energy patch pays dividends right across the country…[En afficher davantage]

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            • Believe me Len; I am sympathetic. But please read my link and you will find that the only thing that frightens the “carbon godfathers” is being replaced by green energy. Carbon tax is hard to take (please see BC experience) when one discovers he-she is being punished for use of alternative #1 while alternative #2 is unavailable. By all means, a…[En afficher davantage]

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              • Very much aware of the work of the Pembina Institute. I have often referenced them in my blog postings.

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                • Pembina, my favourite source too, is admittedly quite liberal, if not Liberal. So, Cons aren’t going to heed what they consider biased advice, just as most liberals don’t heed the Fraser Institute. However, there is a well-crafted article in the Ottawa Citizen today which slightly shifts “carbon tax” to “carbon fee and dividend”. Bruce…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2
    I just finished my latest posting at 21st Century Tech Blog. It is called “Tackling Climate Change incrementally.” I am reproducing it here because I think it is worthy of the Party to look at some of what is proposed. This was inspired by reading a paper produced by a professor and 3 graduate students at MIT.

    Tackling Climate…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Len, Last night Justin was here in Victoria. About 1000 people attended as well as local press and it was a fabulous evening with Justin on top of his game. I had wanted to speak to him re: an environmental platform for the party. It was not possible with the huge crowd to say very much so I wrote him a letter expressing my concerns. In the letter…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Hi Patricia,
        I thank you for taking the initiative to show these ideas to Justin. I replied to your message in my Gmail account but just in case you don’t get it I want you to know that Montreal will not be a place I will be visiting in February. My wife and I are taking our first month-long retreat from winter and will be spending it in the Fort…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Thank you for your response and the attachments. To-morrow we await the report on the Northern Gateway. I am filled with fear! Joe Oliver seems to have a “we’ll do it anyway” attitude. I would be a huge environmental disaster! I tried to find your email on your web-site but no luck. If I had it I would send the letter given to Justin. Mine is…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2
    This is an interesting article about a recent election for the Governor of Virginia. Climate change: No longer electoral Kryptonite!

    Virgina has a lot of jobs producing coal and the Democrat candidate (Terry McAuliffe) ran his campaign largely on Climate Change. The Republican Governor, Ken Cuccinelli ran his campaign denying…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2
    Hi, something to keep in mind when talking about pipelines and AB oil is that 2/3 of the GHG emissions from a barrel of oil is from burning for energy by the end user, ie transportation. In this context the GHG emissions from extraction from oilsands vs more conventional is not that great. And, the extraction technologies are…[En afficher davantage]

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    • The issue is the goal. When Canadians invest billions in big oil and Albertans do the same, this takes away from investing in alternative energy. I have a problem giving subsidies to a corporation that already makes billions. The income generated by big oil is nowhere near other industries yet we continue to support a dying industry that has no…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Very good points Steven and Gerry. Now how do we say that in a way that will be understood in less than 30 seconds by people who don’t know anything about science and don’t inform themselves about issues. To make matters worse, the right wingnuts have been attacking scientists warning about global warming for years and calling research and…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Steven: The understanding that investments in carbon energy which supplies the wherewithal for the green shift needs be balanced with investments in hydrogen energy is a step in the right direction. That balance is far from achieved, with the hydrogen investment side being short changed and cost savings resulting in pollution directly reflected in…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Lloyd, many oil companies have already budgeted for a $60/tonne carbon tax in their future planning. This is much higher than anything currently in place, anywhere. The pricing of carbon will provide the financial incentive for oil, or any company to innovate, to reduce their carbon emissions. All things being equal, we shouldn’t care if it is…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Steven: I do not remember hawking any source over any other. The point is there is not enough investment in green energy. The response is if the private sector will not invest, the public sector should. Both the private and public sectors use consumers’ money for whatever choice either of them make. I will go for whoever makes the choice to…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Sorry, I wasn’t implying govt subsidy or tax cut type incentives. What I meant was the desire to NOT have to pay carbon taxes will be the incentive for companies to drive innovation, to develop greener technologies to lessen their carbon tax burden. This incentive doesn’t exist currently.

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            • Steven & Linda: I do not see a disagreement. I see a difference in perspective. No one disagrees with clean air but who is dissonant with sooner, rather than later? The problem of specific solutions like, say, solar that is powering Germany is that it won’t work in Bella Coola or Prince Rupert where rainfall is measured in centimeters, not…[En afficher davantage]

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          • But we don’t have a carbon tax and we won’t until we are able to sell this issue politically to the broader public. This requires the development of a clear concise message. We lost the last election not for lack of good policies but because of our inability to talk to people in a language they understand. It was a massive COMMUNICATIONS…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #environment-2 #climatechange here is a link to some very telling charts regarding GHG emissions and the Global Carbon Budget
    http://theenergycollective.com/lindsay-wilson/310066/9-simple-charts-explain-global-carbon-budget #lzx3cceK4CZMjLHu.99

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