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…

Will the environment be an issue in the next Canadian federal election?

Over the last few weeks we have seen major developments in environmental policy at the state level in the U.S. On August 15, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a coalition of seven northeastern states, introduced a model rule governing…