Atmosphere & Energy
According to leaked documents, the Government of Canada is using trade threats to halt fuel standard regulations from affecting Canada’s tar sands industry.
“The powerful oil lobby has the Canadian Government doing its dirty work again,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “Canada should be developing a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work with the European Union to create a binding international agreement, not threatening trade sanctions to protect the interests of multinational oil companies.”
"This government says they take climate change seriously but they do nothing and try to hide the truth about climate change," said Graham Saul, representing Climate Action Network Canada (CAN), which produced the report "Troubling Evidence".
"We want Canadians to understand what's going on with this government," Saul told IPS.
Mark Dittrick is the conservation chairman for the Atlantic Canada chapter of the Sierra Club and has been in Maine because of offshore wind legislation. He said that he came to Thorndike because he has been paying attention to Maine wind ordinances.
Canadian communities also are paying attention to setbacks for wind turbines.
“There’s a lot of stuff happening with Atlantic Canada with wind,” Dittrick said.
Join SCC's Paul Beckwith, author of the report, "Climate Change Science Since 2007" as he talks climate science and climate skeptics.
The webinar will take place on March 19, 2010 at 3 pm EST.
The webinar can be viewed here: http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/webcast/updating-climate-science
You can read Paul's report here: http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/publications/climate-change-science-2007
The government says it's taking a leadership role on the climate change file, but opposition MPs and environmentalists say Environment Minister Jim Prentice and the federal Conservatives are doing everything they can to delay implementing much-needed regulations to fight catastrophic climate change.
Sierra Club executive director John Bennett said last week there is no indication from Mr. Prentice that he is unhappy with his government's direction in terms of fighting climate change, and if he weren't, he should resign and tell the public that "nothing's been done" on the climate change file. Mr. Bennett said the only thing Mr. Prentice has been successful at as Canada's Environment Minister is "doing an excellent job of pretending that the government is concerned about climate change."