Could it be that the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gas is the same country that spends more on green technology than any other country?
Even with the failure of the United States Congress to pass a climate bill earlier this year, the federal government will still be able to control the country’s contributions to climate change.
Less than seven months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, oil companies in the United States remain reluctant to enact reforms that could help prevent another environmental disaster.
A duo of Republican Senators are quietly working to undo legislation that prevents oil companies from acquiring tar sands from Canada that are known to produce even worse emissions than conventional oil.
Speaking at a conference in Waterloo, Ontario, Environment Minister Jim Prentice outlined how Canada will dole out CDN$400 million in donated funds to help fight climate change.
Committed in June at the G8/G20 summit, the donation, which is part of a US$30 billion international fund for developing nations, is the largest in Canadian history.
A failed US climate bill and a stalled international treaty does not mean that nobody is doing anything to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Over the years while world leaders and bureaucrats have fiddled, cities around the world have been the champions when it comes to adopting tough measures to reduce their carbon footprints.