A Climactic Scandal? Harper Government Cannot Account for $1.5 billion in Climate Change Funds

Yesterday at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Canada's Minister of the Environment waffled about heavily and refused to provide a full accounting of the government's $1.519 billion Canada Eco Trust Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change.

This follows on criticism two weeks ago of the Eco Trust by the government's Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, who stated:

We are deeply concerned about very large transfers being made purportedly for certain purposes. But when you look at the actual agreements there are absolutely no conditions requiring the recipient to use the moneys for the purposes being announced.”

Lacking the oversight guaranteeing that monies provided to the provinces will be spent appropriately is bad enough, but even worse it appears the government cannot even account for monies spent to date.

Bali-bound Baird Hiding Climate Information

Canadian scientists say the federal government is sticking to its policy of willful ignorance on climate change, most recently by delaying the release of a report outlining likely impacts.

In a story today by CanWest News Service's Mike De Souza, several senior scientists say climate change has huge implications for Canada. Melting of the Arctic ice could reveal resource wealth - and trigger conflicts over who should have access and ownership of those resources.

Warming could also destroy rich fish species like the sockeye salmon, and falling water levels could disrupt shipping and reduce Canada's capacity to generate electricity.

DSCOVR Grounded by Office Politics?

They spent $100 million on the spacecraft. It’s finished.
Two other countries and another US government agency have offered to launch it at no cost to NASA.
Yet it still remains in a box.

U.S.- China intransigence imperils climate-change breakthrough in Bali

If members of the 187 nations in Bali, Indonesia, are going to reach explicit agreement on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s largest greenhouse-gas spewers are going to have to come on board.

The U.S. and China are responsible for some 40 per cent of global emissions and their commitment is essential to rein in global warming.

Neither has shown willingness to make concessions, however, thus reducing the current round of talks to a political tap-dance.

Alaska's Sen. Ted Stevens: It's sunspots! Let's get out the oil drills

At a meeting of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Alaska's Senator Ted Stevens claimed that the unprecedented decline in Arctic sea ice melting is probably due to sunspots.

Of course, if a major plank in your political platform is the opening up of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, you probably would be inclined to grasp at anything to discredit the human-induced theory of global warming as well.

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