September 2, 2011: "Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations", published in Canada Gazette, the official newspaper of the Government of Canada. The Gazette announcement asserts:
"The most significant sources of GHG emissions are anthropogenic, mostly as a result of combustion of fossil fuels."
Emeritus Professor of Physics (U Conn.) Howard Hayden, PhD responds, "This statement is either incredibly ignorant or an out-and-out lie. Combustion of fossil fuels is responsible for about 3.5% of all carbon dioxide emissions."
Read the whole Canada Gazette announcement.
Here is the Minister of the Environment's original (August 19, 2011) announcement of this regulation. Note the emphasis on pollution reduction. In reality, the pollution reduction predicted by the regulation is so small as to be immeasurable.
Comments are invited from the public for a 60 day period from August 27 - Oct 26, 2011 by sending an e-mail, fax or phone call to the Environment Canada representative listed here.
Note that, in response to public comment, Environment Canada are sending a form letter response which reads, in part: "Your views … are being taken into account in the development of final Regulations”, even if the comment is that there should be no carbon dioxide regulation. It may be that the letters are not read before the form letter response is sent, so ICSC suggests that e-mail comments submitted specify in the subject line of your e-mail that there should be no regulation of carbon dioxide (if that is what you are suggesting). Regardless, we also suggest that e-mails sent to the EC representative Cc the Prime Minister (at
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