Thursday, July 20, 2006

It's Not Easy Being Green

This is something to look forward to in the fall. The media focus will probably be on the Middle East, the Liberal leadership race, mindless speculation about election timing, and the Same Sex marriage vote but Rona's environmental plan is probably the legislation most likely to directly affect Canadians in the long run.

Little noticed this morning was that the environment has crept up to being the second most important issue for Canadians, behind health care. So it's certainly in Harper's best interests to present a strong environmental platform. Will this be that strong environmental platform? I'm not sure. The lack of talk about reducing greenhouse gas emissions is troubling.

But ignoring Kyoto and doing something is certainly a lot better than talking all day about Kyoto and doing nothing for the environment, so I'll definitely be curious to see the details.


  • As an ardent environmentalist, coincidentally named Green, I'm very excited - in a hopeful way.

    I have no party leaning. If this is really all that it's touted as (and I hear it has lots to say on greenhouse gas), then I'll be pretty much behind the government come election time, I *think*.

    I'm disappointed in the Liberal's recent green record... it'll take a lot of gusto from the next leader to swing me (if the CPC plan is Very Good).

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 12:07 a.m.  

  • We are accustomed to thinking of industry and the environment as being at odds with each other, because conventional methods of extraction, manufacture, and disposal are destructive to the natural world. For the environment to be healthy, the conventional attitude goes, industries must be regulated and restrained.

    What the country needs to look at is eco-efficiency. "Doing more with less." Lean and clean policies, which are industry friendly. Getting more out of the power, more out of the material.

    Looking to new innovations which encourage enterprise. Industry and the Environment don't have to be at odds. We just need to remake the way we make things.

    Go read Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart

    By Blogger hybrid, at 12:28 a.m.  

  • Heck, I was just about to point you to a link on my blog to a news bit that does mention tackling greenhouse gases - then I clicked on yours. They're the exact same thing, but yours has extra paragraphs at the end! Word for word!

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 12:30 a.m.  

  • green; Well, the article mentions setting long range emissions targets but if there's no real plan to get there...I think we can agree we're not going to see any real action to get there if it's a 15 year target.

    hybrid; Definitely. In the long run, I firmly believe it's good for business to have clean solutions. And it's good for Canada to be researching for ways to do things cleaner. I may pick up that book once I finish the one I'm currently reading (Tipping Point, it's very good - you should check it out)

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:13 a.m.  

  • Interesting enough, a seemingly awesome electric car was just rolled out my Tesla Motors.

    One of the ways you get people to converse, is getting them to consume more or better while reducing energy impact.

    Now if we could all just afford these cars, and build a bunch of nuclear power plants to power them....

    By Blogger Manley Man, at 9:22 a.m.  

  • Yo yo CG,

    Top of the morning to you.

    I hear what you say about GHG/no plan -- I'm optimistic that when the actual, real proposal is unveiled this autumn, there'll be more meat to it there.

    If not - well, let's talk in autumn, cuz I'll have lots to say! ;)

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 9:36 a.m.  

  • Internal emissions trading scheme!!! C'mon!! Do it!

    By Blogger matt, at 10:02 a.m.  

  • As has been pointed out already, by both Calgary Grit and Stephane Dion, the Liberals had no plan for Kyoto other than Rick Mercer. Dion knows we could never reach the targets....and Harper refuses to lie to Canadians and tell them otherwise. I'm sure we'll see a well thought out plan that actually DOES something. Probably enough to make the average Canadian happy....but not even close to what it would take to please the whack-jobs at the Sierra Club or the other Moonbats of similiar ideology.

    Besides.....the price of oil right now is making us a killing in the international markets, so I would say that methods of cleaning the air of pollutants or sequestering CO2 is probably more likely than some draconian limits on industry. Personally, I would like to see a tax discount for any company that cuts emissions by say....15 to 20 %......and a further discount to car manufacturers who can make a car that gets around 40 km to the litre.

    We have the technology to clean up the we just need a comprehensive and coherent plan (which is why that option escaped the Liberals) to see it through.

    Of matter what plan the Conservatives come up with...the usual suspects will bitch and moan.

    Let them....they aren't worth listening to anyway.

    By Blogger James Halifax, at 6:52 p.m.  

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