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Trump Bids Paris Adieu!

In a much anticipated decision, saying it was a bad deal for America, President Donald Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement 195 countries negotiated in December 2015. The Paris climate agreement would cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion according to a study by NERA Economic Consulting. The treaty would do little to prevent future warming. Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, said “Now that the U.S. has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement, I hope countries like my own homeland, Canada, follow America’s lead and put their citizens’ well-being ahead of the desires of anti-fossil fuel activists and big government bureaucrats.”

Climate Change Insights For Pension Fund Trustees and Beneficiaries

This document responds to September 2015 “Climate Change and Fiduciary Duties of Pension Fund Trustees in Canada” by lawyers Murray Gold and Adrian Scotchmer of Koskie Minsky LLP, issued by SHARE - Shareholder Association for Research and Education. Since the advent of climate change activism in the early 1990’s, some investment fund managers became concerned with the impact of investment in terms of ethical/environmental issues related to climate change. However, Anthropogenic Global Warming science theories of the 1990’s have weakened as there had been 15 years of a ‘hiatus’ in global warming despite a significant rise in CO2. Natural forces are more influential. Today, institutional investors are swaying public policy in Alberta and Canada toward implementing wind and solar farms that are unsuited to this latitude and climate, and that will irresponsibly damage our economy, as is the case in Ontario.

Climate Change Risk Over Board Competancy?

This report challenges the claims of the recent SHARE 1 document: “Taking Climate On Board – Are Canadian energy and utilities company boards equipped to address climate change?” which is founded on the premise that “…in a post-Paris world, the legal and financial risk associated with climate change must be a board-level issue.” The naïve world-view that climate can by controlled by politicians is dangerous to the safe, reliable and profitable operation of energy and utility companies and destructive to the Canadian economy. Climate changes naturally and CO2 emissions are not the main driver of recent climate changes.

A Solution to Success - Destroying Low Cost Energy

An essay by Jeff Id: America is voluntarily shutting down its energy production after only a little more than a century since the industrial revolution. In fear of a nearly undetectable amount of warming from CO2, in the face of massive and well known benefits of this particular gas in the atmosphere, we have decided that fear of the unknown will dominate and destroy our progress. Coal powerplants have been regulated out of existence. There is no ‘renewable energy solution’ in existence. What is worse, there NEVER will be.

Ontario’s Costly Coal Phase-out Did Not Significantly Reduce Air Pollution—a Lesson for Ottawa

Shuttering Ontario’s coal-fired power plants had very little effect on reducing air pollution, helped fuel skyrocketing energy costs, and should serve as a lesson to policymakers across the country, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute. In Toronto and Hamilton, the reduction in fine particulates was statistically insignificant. In fact, had the province completed its modernization of the coal-fired plants, instead of shutting them down, fine particulate reductions of the same size could have been achieved at a much lower cost. In 2005, all electricity power generation—including coal—comprised just 0.7 per cent of fine particulate emissions in Ontario.

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