Controversial Mercury, Emission Standards, Govt Appointee, and Arctic Passage

April 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

United States Report claims that Green Groups and the Federal Government Put America’s Poorest Children at Risk:

“By steering consumers away from the fish counter and the canned tuna aisle, overblown warnings about trace mercury levels have directly and negatively impacted public health, especially the neurological development of children born to low-income mothers.”

Canada Canada may be forced to adopt ‘comparable’ standards to U.S. bill that would set strict limits on emissions:

“Ottawa could be forced to drop its controversial intensity-based approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid having to pay U.S. border duties, Environment Minister Jim Prentice says.”

Canada “Laggards and Obstructionists” – Canadians’ international reputation is when it comes to climate change:

According to Andrew Weaver, climate expert, IPCC contributor and author of Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World

Canada Appointment of Oil Industry Leader to co-lead clean energy group draws criticism :

As reported in the Ottawa Citizen, the appointment of Mr. Fischer has drawn criticism from environmentalists. For example, Stephen Hazell, executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, questions whether Mr. Fischer’s prior involvement with and ownership position in a company committed to developing Alberta’s tar sands undermines the credibility of Canada’s efforts to address climate change.

However, Mr. Hazell conceded that Mr. Fischer is one of the more environmentally progressive oil industry executives. For example, Mr. Fischer is co-chair of Alberta Climate Change Central, a not-for-profit organization that promotes greenhouse gas reduction.

World Ignatieff suggests North Pole should be global ‘public park’:

Last summer, a record 26 cruises were planned through the Canadian Arctic archipelago. An all-time high of at least eight private vessels attempted to sail the Northwest Passage.

Canada claims the passage as an internal waterway while other countries see it as an international area that everyone should be free to use. Canada should continue to claim the region, but settling that dispute isn’t the most important part of the equation, said Ignatieff.

“The way forward is simply to agree to disagree. To say what matters here is stewardship. The thing we do not want are oil slicks, environmental damage and harm up there, a kind of free-for-all.”

Canada More ecoENERGY money available for energy efficiency improvements:

The Canadian Government has substantially increased ecoENERGY incentives available to indivdiuals and businesses.

The ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program provides homeowners with grants of up to $5,000 to offset the cost of making energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. Under the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program grants have increased by 25%.

The ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat program encourages users in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors to install active energy-efficient solar air and/or water heating systems. The maximum payment for solar hot water projects has increased from $80,000 to $400,000.

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