Safe or Sorry? Sometimes an idea that appeals strongly to our common sense will be seen as clearly wrong or empty if we examine it more closely. The idea that it is […]
Let’s Stop Pretending We Made Binding Commitments Under the Paris Agreement
Introduction It is past time for Canada to stop pretending that it has made binding Paris Agreement “commitments” that must be fulfilled regardless of what the other nations are doing. That implies […]
Russia’s War Has Started The Great U-Turn
The West’s net zero policies, pursued too rapidly, with the wrong technologies, and without regard to energy security, has financed Russia’s war on Ukraine. The Great U-Turn back to fossil fuels has […]
Russia, Ukraine and NATO: What Now?
If you ask the average person on the street in any Western democracy, chances are they will blame only Russian President Vladimir Putin for the war in Ukraine, now in its fourth […]
All that Glitters Isn’t Green. Or Renewable.
Green energy, green cars, green jobs, green policies, cleaner and greener – notice how everything green is good? Today, “green” is not just a colour, it is a synonym for “good”; as […]
The ‘Climate Emergency’: Another Apocalyptic Prophesy?
Introduction Public anxiety about climate change does not arise from scientific study of the Earth’s centuries-long cycles of ice ages and global warming. Rather, that anxiety arises because so many people assume […]
Parliamentary Placebos: Laws Intended to Make You Feel Good (that don’t actually do good)
The Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act: A Placebo Law? Note: A fuller, more detailed version of this post will be published in the December issue of the Energy Regulation Quarterly, available here. […]
Our “Made in China” Climate Policy
The main beneficiary of our climate policy is not the climate. It is China. China couldn’t do better if it had written our climate policies. We couldn’t do worse if China had […]