Premiers endorse climate change plan


mentalfloss
#1
Glad somebody is leading this country.

Premiers endorse climate change plan

Ontario and Quebec have seized the leadership of a long-promised Canadian energy strategy, shifting the focus to climate change and clean energy from the pipeline agenda.

At the closing session of their annual conference on Prince Edward Island, premiers released the outline of the Canadian Energy Strategy, which every one of them, including Quebec, has endorsed.

For Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec’s Philippe Couillard this is a victory – the plan puts as much emphasis on addressing climate change as it does on the transport and transmission of energy.

Mr. Couillard had indicated he would support the strategy only if climate change and clean energy were included. At the closing news conference, he thanked his colleagues for their collaboration, noting they “made the essential link between environment and energy strategy.”

He also announced he will play host to a climate-change summit next spring in Quebec and all of the premiers are invited.

For several years, the premiers were at odds over the strategy, which was being led by then-Alberta premier Alison Redford, who emphasized the oil sands and transporting oil and gas along pipelines.

At the premiers’ meeting in Halifax two years ago, British Columbia’s Christy Clark refused to participate in a national strategy because of a dispute with Ms. Redford over the Northern Gateway pipeline project. That was eventually resolved – but Pauline Marois, then Quebec’s separatist premier, had refused to sign on.

Change in leadership – Ms. Marois and Ms. Redford are both gone now – has dramatically altered the dynamic around the premiers’ table.

For Ms. Wynne, the agreement reached Friday is “probably the most significant thing that came out of this meeting.”

“I think the fact of having a federalist premier [from Quebec] at the table to take part in something as significant as an energy strategy is a huge step forward,” she said.

The document accompanying the announcement outlines the vision and principles of the Canadian Energy Strategy, stating that it should “reflect the shared values of Canadians; strengthen our economy and create jobs; identify opportunities to develop, transport, and transmit energy … and maintain the highest degree of environmental safeguards and protection, including by addressing climate change, climate resilience and reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally.”

The two premiers, both armed with new majority government mandates, laid the groundwork for a renewed push for a national energy strategy, with the climate change focus, last week at a bilateral meeting in Quebec City.

At that time they agreed to form a central Canadian alliance to push issues, including the energy strategy, with the other premiers – Mr. Couillard said the new alliance signalled the two provinces are “back as a very important bloc of influence in the country.”

It was not clear whether they would be able to achieve their climate-change agenda given that the premiers from Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador, the country’s energy powerhouses, are only interim leaders. Also, New Brunswick’s David Alward appeared only briefly because he is in the middle of an election campaign.

Ms. Wynne acknowledged there will be tensions between those provinces that want to focus on achieving progress on climate change, and western provinces that are eager to expand oil exports.

“I think that is tension that will continue to exist but the reason it is important to have a Canadian energy strategy is that we’ve got to manage that tension – it exists and we’ve got to deal with the realities of the oil sands, and we’ve got to deal with the realities of transporting that fuel, and we’ve got to deal with the realities of climate change,” she told The Globe.

Each province will have to pursue its own climate-reduction strategies, she said. But she also acknowledged that rising emissions from rapidly expanding oil sands will put more pressure on other industries and other provinces if the country is going to set and meet national targets.

“But the oil sands are very important to the economic well-being of this country; there’s no question about that,” she said. “At this point in our history, we have businesses all across the country, we have businesses in Ontario that are dependent on the oil sands.”

The Ontario Premier said she is convinced the industry is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions on a per-barrel basis.

Premiers endorse climate change plan - The Globe and Mail
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#2
So they are committed to changing the climate? Nice.

Somehow I feel all these dimwits will wind up doing is costing me more money for them to waste.
 
MHz
#3
I want to sell cold to Arizona, Wheat cars filled with muskeg water and insulated with dried muskeg and at the dump site they can chill whatever and the fibers mised with desert soil is a garden like material after 10 more years. If it is going to get colder that is a renewable item, just like the Great Lake Ice Company that sends ice down the Mississippi for the lads in Texas.

In the US the new weather pattern would be hot and dry in the American west, cold air would travel down through Alberta at the beginning of the winters and the path of fastest winds will migrate to Ontario over the next few months, Clear and -40 (windy or not it doesn't matter as it cannot add new snow at that temp) is preferred to full bore blizzards where the end of the storm is the beginning of the survival ordeal. I'm thinking the tub is going to be the new stove in the living room.
If the US east coast is getting above moisture then someplace between the dry and wet there is a line from the Great lakes to the GOM that would produce the best returns and some extensive landscaping might mean a lot survive rather than a few survive. Having the Pacific wrap around Baja and come up to Colorado would be an ideal boat route and the contaminated water would not force it's way into the new areas that are fed via rain in the central US and Canada.
Is it going to be a handicap with it being fresh water instead of salty? With that much water would it mean the fields get a warm breeze off that and the growing season is extended in that narrow band?

This is a 'farm' in Kentucky/Virginia?/Georgia and the export crop would be rice and that wold be the base for the shine as well.



Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

So they are committed to changing the climate? Nice.

Somehow I feel all these dimwits will wind up doing is costing me more money for them to waste.

The way to prepare is to recognize if it is going to get colder or warmer over the near period and the longer term. Perhaps an ice age produces the climate that could easily support 15T people, if they knew in which direction to move at specific times during the 'rapid change'. Quick example, warming means find higher ground, cooling means old fishing grounds will be the newest fields. Getting the wrong advice intentionally means only a small portion live on what could support many times that.

If Mongolia and area became like the Canadian Prairies would the world have more food or less food if the Prairies only produced enough to support the locals? 12,500,000sq km that is now 'brown areas' If that was to be mostly farm land that is not a disaster unless you export grain from Canada.
 
darkbeaver
Republican
#4
"The Ontario Premier said she is convinced the industry is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions on a per-barrel basis."

How is it possibly to form a plan to address a non existent substance?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

"The Ontario Premier said she is convinced the industry is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions on a per-barrel basis."

How is it possibly to form a plan to address a non existent substance?

Perhaps the reductions will be imaginary too making it easy to do.
 

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