Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Environment Good, Bad, Ugly

The Good

Wolves return to eastern Germany

The Bad

Carbon dioxide levels are substantially higher now than at any time in the last 800,000 years, the latest study of ice drilled out of Antarctica confirms.

The Ugly

Rona's posse rides
OTTAWA -- Environment Minister Rona Ambrose's office is mum on why it took four political staffers to tag along with her to a trade conference in Vancouver

Why the Conservatives are doing so poorly

The Conservatives had been blindsided by the environment, or at least were themselves blind to the issue. As part of their touch-it, feel-it, vote-for-it populism, they treated the environment as smog and clear water, easily understood manifestations of pollution.

On climate change, they knew rather incoherently what they did not like -- the Kyoto accord -- but not what they wanted. The interest in the issue caught them by surprise.

That the Environment Minister's chief-of-staff and deputy minister were replaced, and that a PMO factotum has been assigned to work with Rona Ambrose on the file, means the government belatedly knew it needed something to put in the climate change window this fall. It's an especially important political file in Quebec

Also See



Rona Ambrose

Green Plan



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