Note to readers: A somewhat different, shorter version of this post was published on March 31, 2022 by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) think tank. Your Rising Cost of Energy (and everything else) […]
Fighting Climate Change: Is it Better to be Safe Than Sorry?
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 […]
The Product is Panic
Canada’s ‘Leave it in the Ground’ Energy Policy Recently, the heads of government of Germany and Japan each came, cap in hand, to beg Prime Minister Trudeau to supply them with Canadian […]
Electricity Generation with 100% Renewables is a Fantasy
Renewables advocates have been claiming that solar and wind generation are now the least costly form of generation, and therefore, should replace all fossil fuel generation as quickly as possible. Is this […]
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 […]
My article today in the Energy Regulation Quarterly on Canada’s Net Zero Target Legislation
For those of you with an interest in climate change challenges and laws, here today’s publication, in the Energy Quarterly Review, of my critique of the Canadian law that set our CO2 […]
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 […]