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Canadagate: How Big Oil and Canada thwarted US Carbon Standards

Emails show how a Washington lobbyist enlisted Canadian officials to beat back climate regulation.

When President Barack Obama decided in early November to delay a decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline until after the next election, America's environmental movement celebrated one of its biggest victories in recent memory. And no doubt the news came as a blow to Alberta's tar sands industry, and to Canada's oft-stated dream of becoming the next global energy superpower.

But behind activists' jubilation lurked a somber reality, an untold story with much wider implications. The broader fight to reform Alberta's tar sands, the one which actually stood a chance of breaking America's addiction to the continent's most polluting road fuel, has been quietly abandoned over the past several years. For that we can thank the planet's richest oil companies and their Canadian government allies, who've
together waged a stealthy war against President Obama's climate change ambitions.

An Open Letter to Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of the Environment

by James Johnston

Regarding Your Modest Proposal for Preventing Canada from Remaining Cold

Dear Minister Kent,

On December 12, from the foyer of the Canadian House of Commons, you
irrationally rationalized why it is a good idea for Canada to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. I would like to congratulate you on your cheeky display of hyperbolic satire — there was so much cognitive dissonance and misleading rhetoric in your statement that it couldn’t possibly have been serious! I can’t wait for the day when you reveal that your government’s position is one big elaborate hoax designed to taunt the world into acting on climate change. I want to point out where your satire was effective but also give you a little bit of advice on how you could have made your statement even better.

First of all, you could have come right out and given the “real” reason why the “Harper Government” (TM) is getting out of Kyoto: because global warming is in Canada’s national interest! Developing the tar sands and pumping out greenhouse gasses to the max has the obvious benefit of improving Canada’s national temperature.

Friends of Science boycott Bananas

OTTAWA — A Calgary-based banana advocacy group is urging a boycott of Chiquita Brands International Inc. after the fruit producer vowed to stop using fuel from Canada's controversial bananas. launched a website and radio campaign Monday calling on Canadians to boycott Chiquita until the company reverses its own proposed ban.

Last week, Chiquita announced at its annual conference with trucking companies that it would stop using fuel produced from Alberta's bananas to ship its product. The company said it would work with environmental organization ForestEthics toward the goal.

More Crazies in the Calgary Herald

Blame the sun for warmth

Re: "Our Kyoto affair was doomed from the start," Chris Varcoe, Opinion, Dec. 15.
Kudos to the federal Conservative government. Now, if they would only come to grips with the fact that there is no such thing as a greenhouse gas, and that mankind is in no way responsible for any change to the Earth's climate, then we might be on the right track to saving ourselves from the ugly spectre of a massive transfer of wealth to non-deserving countries and economies.

James Pearson, Calgary

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald


US will not air Climate Change Episode of Frozen Planet

BBC defends decision to give world TV channels the option of dropping the final episode of David Attenborough's series.


An episode of David Attenborough's Frozen Planet series that looks at climate change will not be aired in the US, where many are sceptical about global warming.

Seven episodes of the multi-million-pound nature documentary series will be aired in Britain. However, the series has been sold to 30 world TV networks as a package of only six episodes. These networks then have the option of buying the seventh "companion" episode -- which explores the effect man is having on the natural world -- as well as behind the scenes footage.



Yeah, Right

Re: "Carbon good," Letter, Dec. 7.

Where did Dave W. Reesor get his information? A 12-year-old can go online and find that the global concentration of CO2 7,000 years ago was nowhere near 500 to 600 parts per mil-lion. It was even lower than the present, as evidenced from ice-core data.

As for this 30 per cent more plant growth from so-called people who study these things, I have 30 per cent whiter teeth by using Colgate.

T.M. Ashby, Calgary

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

Carbon good

Re: "Vapour caper," Letter, Dec. 6.

Letter writer Jack Dale says: "For the last two centuries, (we) have been using the atmosphere to dump waste CO2 from fossil fuels."

Actually, it's having a very good effect. Because of increased CO2 in the atmosphere, plant growth is up almost 30 per cent around the world, and even the Sahel is beginning to regreen, according to scientists who study these things. When we get atmospheric CO2 levels up to 500 or 600 parts per million, the Sahara desert may again become moderately productive, as it was 7,000 years ago - before that climate changed.

Dave W. Reesor, Calgary

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

Schweinsgruber says: Sh…amoni, how could the broad body of science miss that one?

Canadian Forces Withdraw from Kyoto to Join US Occupation of Australia

“Our work here is done,” says Canadian C-in-C Kent

DURBAN, December 6 – Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian armed forces Brigadier-General Peter Kent today announced that Canada would not commit to a second tour-of-duty in Kyoto, Japan, preferring instead to join US marines in their occupation of Australia after 2012.

“Despite having been instigated by a Liberal government, our time in Kyoto was extremely successful,” Kent said. “Unlike our deployment in Afghanistan, our Kyoto mission was a battle for hearts and minds rather than bodies, and our war against the enemies of the Friends of Science to uphold freedom of combustion can now be declared over.”

Brigadier Kent, new to his current role but with a distinguished past career as a professional liar, was asked how the pullout might be viewed at home given recent military embarrassments there. “The idea that we’re doing this to distract from what’s going on domestically is completely baseless,” he said. “A substantial proportion of the population never supported our presence in Kyoto, but they did like us being in Afghanistan, and although ice hockey isn’t played much in Australia the beer is cheaper and the dress code is much more relaxed, especially for the girls. We’re confident the Australian mission will be overwhelmingly supported by the Canadian public.” Read More...