Showing posts from November 19, 2016

Canada Spent More Than $6M Attending UN Climate Conferences Since 2007

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[Note the spin here compared with the previous post. Again, the world spends $1.6 trillion USD on the military, compared with $10 billion USD so far that has been disbursed to the UN Green Climate Fund to date, or 0.6 per cent percent of military spending. In addition, an estimated $444 billion USD are given to the oil, gas, and coal sectors in subsidies from G20 countries every year. But $6 million is a dreadful waste we should complain about? *RON*]
Althia Raj, Huffington Post, 15 November 2016

OTTAWA — The federal government spent more than $6 million attending the last nine United Nations climate change conferences, documents released in the House of Commons suggest.

Environment Canada reports it spent $561,251 on last year’s meeting in Paris, including $231,564 on lodging, $123,976 on airfare and $85,857.86 on meals for 58 individuals.

COP 22: Funding to stop climate change still dwarfed by military spending

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[The largest donation to the UN Green Climate Fund so far has been the US, at $500 million from Obama; with the balance of the $3 billion commitment now expected to evaporate under Trump. Compare this with the $444 billion in subsidies to oil, gas, and coal by G20 nations every year, or the $1.6 trillion USD spent on the military globally each year. *RON*]

By Seble Samuel,, 16 Novmeber 2016

Seble Samuel is attending the UN COP 22 climate change negotiations in Marrakech with our friends She will be reporting on the summit on location all week.

The United Nations climate change negotiations have been rolling in Marrakech for one week with the goal of solidifying the Paris Agreement -- an international climate accord to limit global warming -- and mapping a way forward for low-carbon and climate-resilient development. High-level leaders are now arriving for the second and final week of negotiations.

A major focus of the…

Fracking Fluid Caused Months-Long Earthquake Events In Alberta: New Study

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[And this is from the journal Science, no less. See also: Earthquakes triggered by fracking, not just wastewater disposal, study finds, another thing that has been staunchly denied by frackers. *RON*]

By James Wilt, DeSmog Blog, 17 November 2016

Fracking has induced earthquakes in northwest Alberta, some of which have lasted for months due to residual fracking fluid, according to a new study published in Science today.

Earthquakes induced by fracking have been noticed in Western Canada for about four years, but this is one of the first studies to specifically identify the causes that resulted in “activation.”

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves sending a high-pressure mixture of water and chemicals underground to fracture the earth and release oil or gas.

Why Cabinet must reject Kinder Morgan

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[The way the NEB works is that, whenever it becomes aware of a negative environmental and/or economic impact from oil and gas development, it puts that issue outside the scope of its reviews. *RON*]

Dyna Tuytel, EcoJustice, 17 November 2016
The next few weeks we’re going to see a flurry of action, and we’re not talking about an incoming snowstorm.

We expect the federal cabinet to announce its decision on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project within the next few weeks, which is why we’ve taken steps to remind it that this project is not in the public interest and goes against legal requirements to protect species at risk.

We have helped our clients, Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, navigate each step of the project’s review process. We’ve had a front row seat to the National Energy Board’s (NEB) review which have made clear that Cabinet’s only real options are to reject the project outright or to use its power …

Unpacking Canada’s Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Their size, impacts, and what should happen next

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[In case you thought the Liberals were doing anything different from the Conservatives in this matter. *RON*]

International Institute for Sustainable Development, Global Subsidies Initiative, n.d.

Oil, gas and coal are multi-billion dollar businesses, yet every year fossil fuel companies get billions in tax breaks and handouts.

In a world that’s shifting to cleaner sources of energy, those subsidies don’t make sense—especially when they work against the other actions we’re taking to fight climate change.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government have promised to stop subsidizing fossil fuels in Canada—that was a clear and specific promise in their election platform. But the federal government’s latest budget actually locked in some fossil fuel subsidies for another 10 years.

Taxes and subsidies are a complicated topic. This website was created to cut through the jargon, so you can understand what’s really happening, debate it, and propose solu…

Conservative Leadership Candidate Cheered For Dismissing Climate Change

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[The Conservatives are having a Trumpian coming-out party. *RON*]

Althia Raj, Huffington Post, 14 November 2016

GREELY, Ont. — Global warming is apparently up for debate in the Conservative leadership race, judging by the clear differences in how candidates were received Sunday when one explained his support for a carbon tax and another declared he didn’t believe climate change was a real threat.

The distinction arose during a question about corporate subsidies at an unofficial leaders debate featuring nine Conservative candidates assembled in a wedding and conference venue about 30 kilometres from Parliament Hill.

Some of the largest corporate welfare programs are green subsidies and green programs, Ontario MP Michael Chong told the audience of approximately 250 people.