Category Archives: Forestry

NAFTA vulnerable

(March 1, 2008) Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton threaten to tear up NAFTA, arguing – correctly – that high U.S. environmental standards place U.S. workers at a disadvantage in America’s trading relations with Canada and Mexico. Canadians have good reason to be concerned. The U.S. does have higher environmental standards. Canada is vulnerable in a renegotiation of NAFTA. Continue reading

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Scouring scum and tar from the bottom of the pit

(July 1, 2006) Faced with the undeniable reality of “Hubbard’s Peak” in global conventional oil supplies, the world’s largest multinational energy corporations are now hell-bent on squeezing oil out of tar in northern Alberta, like junkies desperately conniving for one last giant fix in a futile attempt to quench America’s insatiable “addiction to oil” (described so eloquently by President George Bush II). Along the Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, a sub-arctic town almost 1,000 kilometres north of the U.S. Continue reading

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Forest’s new enemies – environmentalists

(December 3, 2003) Four environmental groups and four resource companies yesterday endorsed the giveaway of half of Canada’s great boreal forests to industrial interests. The CEOs of the resource companies deserve credit, of sorts, for actions designed to enrich their shareholders. The CEOs of the environmental groups deserve only censure. Continue reading

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The eco-affluence myth

(July 31, 2003) “Affluence fosters environmentalism,” argues The Real Environmental Crisis, a book by professor emeritus Jack M. Hollander of the University of California at Berkeley. “As people become more affluent, most become increasingly sensitive to the health and beauty of their environment. And gaining affluence helps provide the economic means to protect and enhance the environment.” Continue reading

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No property leads to plunder

(December 31, 2002) The Carnegie Endowment’s Scott Vaughan chose an apt example by invoking Indira Gandhi’s memorable speech in Stockholm at the 1972 UN Conference on Human Environment. “Are not poverty and need the greatest polluters?” Mrs. Gandhi said famously, in arguing that the environment should take a back seat to the economy. Continue reading

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NAFTA greens us up

(December 11, 2002) It’s NAFTA’s 10th anniversary and what a great decade for the environment it’s been. Sulphur dioxide emissions are down, ground level ozone levels are down, inhalable airborne particle levels are down and energy efficiency is up. Our air is clearer, our water is cleaner and, as a by-product, we’re healthier, too. Continue reading

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Time to get out of Toronto

(March 30, 2002) Only a Toronto-based, left-leaning, corporate-hating. . . globalization-conspiracy theorist like Lawrence Solomon could come up with the strange and twisted logic used to justify forest land privatization in parts of Canada which he clearly has never visited (Natural Value, March 26). Continue reading

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