October 27, 2011: Weak federal coal regulations spark outrage from Canadians

Weak federal coal regulations spark outrage from Canadians

Last year, former Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced that within a year, the government would be coming out with new federal coal regulations. Prentice assured Canadians that the government was committed to reducing pollution and combating climate change. Environmental groups have been optimistically anticipating the release of the new regulations, especially in light of the discovery that Maxim Power was trying to exploit a potential loophole and get a new conventional coal plant built. The new draft regulations were released, and most Canadians are more than disappointed. According to the Pembina Institute, the regulations will barely make a dent in Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets, allowing coal to pollute for decades to come. During the 60-day public consultation period, more than 5,000 letters were sent to Environment Minister Peter Kent’s office, demanding stricter GHG regulations. “Coal powered England in the 1800s. It has no place in today’s more enlightened world,” said Dale Marshall, Climate Change Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation. “It’s time to move beyond coal. Canada can lead the world, but these regulations fall far short of what’s needed.” There is still time to make these regulations stronger and help canada move towards a clean green future. If the government implements the solutions proposed in our member’s submissions we could be on the right track.

Read more reactions from WWF and the Sierra Club.

Climate Action Network Canada hosts the Provincial and Territorial Climate Change Leadership Conference in Montreal on November 1-2

Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac) in collaboration with Équiterre and other CAN-Rac member organizations, is holding a national conference to highlight and promote leading climate change and clean energy practices and policies, by provincial and territorial governments, in Canada.

A handful of provincial and territorial governments are at the forefront of the fight against climate change in Canada. Policies such as Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff, British Columbia’s carbon tax, and Quebec’s emission reduction targets, are models for other provinces while being sources of inspiration for individuals and organizations across the country.

The conference will be held at the stunning new Maison du développment durable in Montréal, one of the greenest buildings in Canada. For more information, please visit our website.

Debate over Europe’s Fuel Quality Directive continues to heat up

The debate surrounding the European Commission’s Fuel Quality Directive continues to rage. The objections from the Canadian government have gotten louder and more frequent. European officials have defended their position, but have also pushed back the date of the vote to implement the directive. Check out the ongoing media coverage:

EU climate chief: science show Canada oil sands risk

Canada not alone in fight against EU fuel standard

Feds intensify lobbying against EU fuel label

Union européenne – Ottawa défend les sables bitumineux

Canada poses as ‘friendly green oil-giant’ to win over UK universities

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