Fourth Time’s a Charm? Why Harper Should Back The Climate Change Accountability Act

This week, while Canada’s energy and environment community anxiously awaited news of the federal cabinet’s decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline, something else happened in Ottawa. On Monday, Matthew Kellway, the NDP MP for Beaches-East York introduced a private member’s bill called the Climate Change Accountability Act.

If that name sounds familiar, there’s a good reason. This is the fourth time the bill has been introduced. Continue reading Fourth Time’s a Charm? Why Harper Should Back The Climate Change Accountability Act

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Parsing Ottawa’s coal claims

Earlier this month, the Obama Administration announced its plan to tackle carbon pollution from existing power plants. These proposed regulations are a central piece of the President’s Climate Action Plan, and rightly so – the electricity sector accounts for roughly a third of all U.S. greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Most analysts and environmental groups welcomed the plan as a significant step forward for U.S. climate policy. Constrained as climate politics currently are in the U.S., the president decided to push forward with a fairly ambitious approach to the country’s biggest source of carbon pollution.

But in Ottawa, the federal government’s reaction was a little different. Continue reading Parsing Ottawa’s coal claims