Suing the automakers: is California dreamin’?

California’s lawsuit against automakers for exhaust emissions from motor vehicles is generating worldwide headlines. Is this is just a bunch of noise? I don’t think so. Forget for a moment the strict legalities involved, though they are a source of…

Federal support for Ontario nukes: making it work

There has been a lot of speculation in recent months about exactly how the U.S. Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 will support new nuclear projects in that country. The EPAct introduced a series of measures—construction delay insurance, loan guarantees,…

Conservatives eye electoral outcomes from a pro-Kyoto move: what’s behind door #3?

Now that CO2 is a regulated substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the government is obliged to do something about it. True, the Conservatives could drag their heels and wait until they win a majority government before either…