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Justin and family’s carbon-heavy winter vacation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire and their three children and a nanny took a Canadian Challenger military jet down to the Bahamas, where they further travelled by private helicopter to a private island owned by the Agha Khan, a longtime family friend. While Trudeau has paid a political price for the holiday […]

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Fri, January 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Justin and family’s carbon-heavy winter vacation

Earth sets a heat record for the third straight year

As with 2014 and 2015, Earth ended 2016 with a new heat record, making three straight years of record high temperatures, startling scientists who study global warming.

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Trudeau infuriates Alta. politicians over talk of phasing out the oilsands

At a town hall meeting in Peterborough, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about phasing out Alberta’s oilsands. Alberta politicians reacted in an unremarkably predictable way.

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Fri, January 13 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Trudeau infuriates Alta. politicians over talk of phasing out the oilsands

Carbon taxes around the world

CBC Calgary published a look at carbon taxes in various spots around the world to see how and whether they worked. The countries in question are Norway, Sweden, Japan and the province of British Columbia here in Canada. Two related stories: Alberta carbon tax calculator: How much will you pay — or get back? Happy […]

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Tue, January 3 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Carbon taxes around the world

A carbon tax primer

The Edmonton Journal prepared a concise primer as to the pocketbook effects of the new carbon tax, which starts taking effect today. If you want a bit more, here’s a CBC Edmonton q-and-a with economist Andrew Leach, the architect of the carbon tax. If you want to have a serious look at how you can […]

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Sun, January 1 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on A carbon tax primer

Ontario to get cap-and-trade plan rolling in 2017

The lede: “On the first day of the new year, Ontario will launch its cap-and-trade system on carbon in a bid to vault the province to the front lines of the battle against climate change.”

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Tue, December 27 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Ontario to get cap-and-trade plan rolling in 2017

Deal sort of reached on national climate plan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a national climate change agreement with the exception of two holdout provinces — Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Fri, December 9 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Deal sort of reached on national climate plan

Kinder Morgan, Line 3 pipelines approved by Trudeau cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project and the death of the Northern Gateway pipeline project.

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Tue, November 29 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Kinder Morgan, Line 3 pipelines approved by Trudeau cabinet

Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

The federal government announced that coal-fired electricity is to largely be gone from the Canadian landscape in about 13 years.

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Mon, November 21 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

Canadians don’t understand magnitude of climate problem, feds say

Lede: “The federal government has released its long-term climate strategy with a caution that most Canadians — while sympathetic to the cause — don’t yet understand the “magnitude of the challenge.”

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Fri, November 18 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Canadians don’t understand magnitude of climate problem, feds say