Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

The Harper record on climate change: Believers and big spenders!

- September 26th, 2013

Corn pile at Greenfield Ethanol

On Friday, the latest report from the Integovernmental Panel on Climate Change will be released. It will be controversial. Here, for example, is colleague Lorrie Goldstein arguing that the real purpose of the IPCC is not scientific but “to re-distribute global wealth.”

Lorrie and many of my colleagues will, no doubt, be taking on the scientists and established opinion about climate change .

As for me, I’m more interested in following the politics of it all. The opponents of the Harper government love to holler that the Harper government are climate change deniers. Really? Well, bad news for those folks.  Here’s an interview I did at the end of 2011 with Peter Kent, the Conservative MP who was, at the time, Stephen Harper’s environment minister. I asked him flat-out — first question —  if his government believes that human beings are causing global warming and whether or not we can do something about it: Read more…

NDP MP Brian Masse makes the New York Times

- May 18th, 2013

Ian Austen, who reports for the New York Times about Canada,  only quotes opposition MP, New Democrat Brian Masse, in a piece that takes a look at one of the side effects of Alberta oil.

“Here’s a little bit of Alberta,” said Brian Masse, one of Windsor’s Parliament members. “For those that thought they were immune from the oil sands and the consequences of them, we’re now seeing up front and center that we’re not.”

Mr. Masse wants the International Joint Commission, the bilateral agency that governs the Great Lakes, to investigate the pile. Michigan’s state environmental regulatory agency has submitted a formal request to Detroit Bulk Storage, the company holding the material for Koch Carbon, to change its storage methods. Michigan politicians and environmental groups have also joined cause with Windsor residents. Paul Baltzer, a spokesman for Koch’s parent company, Koch Companies Public Sector, did not respond to questions about its storage or the ultimate destination of the petroleum coke.

Coke, which is mainly carbon, is an essential ingredient in steelmaking as well as producing the electrical anodes used to make aluminum.

via Mountain of Petroleum Coke From Oil Sands Rises in Detroit – NYTimes.com.

VIDEO: Tieleman: “What the frack goes on with the BC Liberals?”

- May 3rd, 2013

“What the frack goes on with the [BC] Liberal party?” says Vancouver 24 Hours columnist Bill Tieleman. Bill also notes — and I agree — “This has also been the most environmentally-minded campaign I’ve ever seen in B.C.”

NDP convention: 2-04-13 Resolution on Support for the Forestry Industry

- April 13th, 2013

2-04-13 Resolution on Support for the Forestry Industry

Submitted by Burnaby—New Westminster, Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine

WHEREAS the evolution of the market for forest products over the last decade has had an important impact on the forestry industry, including: the declining demand for newsprint; the lower number of construction projects; the dispute with the United States over the export of softwood lumber; and the rise in international competition combined with a strong Canadian dollar and high fuel costs;

BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP reaffirm its opposition to the softwood lumber agreements –signed by the

Liberals in 1996 and by the Conservatives in 2006 that are still preventing the expansion of our industry; 

BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP work in consultation with provinces and territories to put forward a strategy to revive Canada’s forestry industry, with the objective of creating value-added jobs, developing our forests in a sustainable way, and respecting aboriginal rights;

BE IT RESOLVED that this strategy include measures to diversify the secondary manufacturing of timber through programs in support of research and development;

BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP call on the government of Canada to expand international markets to Canadian wood, especially in Asia.

MP Francois Lapointe ( Montmagny—L’Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup) spoke in favour of this motion.

A delegate  complained that this motion supports the “forestry industry” not the “workers in the forestry industry.”

Motion passes.

 

NDP Convention: 2-02-13 Resolution on Updating the Federal Water Policy

- April 13th, 2013

The NDP Convention in Montreal debated the following resolution:

2-02-13 Resolution on Updating the Federal Water Policy

Submitted by the Quebec Section

BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP support updating the Federal Water Policy.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Policy must be updated in a manner respectful of provincial and municipal jurisdiction and First Nations over water management.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the policy’s core principles should include the notions already part of the NDP policy—that free universal access to clean water is a human right, and integrated water management must ensure that reserves of clean water are adequate to maintain aquatic ecosystems.

MP Jamie Nicholls spoke in support of this