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Japan Legal Action Against Ontario Green Energy Act “Concern” for WTO – International Institute Sustainable Development


IISD convenes meeting at WTO – international trade/investment laws

GENEVA—October 11, 2011—The International Institute for Sustainable Development has convened a one-day meeting of specialists from the climate change and the international trade law communities aimed at developing a better framework to address unilateral trade-related action on climate change, at the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva on Thursday.

“Several high profile measures have already sparked legal challenges in the WTO, a clear sign of things to come,” said IISD senior advisor and associate Aaron Cosbey.

The most prominent case is the action Japan has brought against Canada over Ontario’s Green Energy Act, which provides preferential incentives to green energy (solar and wind), but only if it uses components manufactured by local manufacturers. If Japan succeeds, it could mean lost jobs and a roadblock to Ontario’s ambitions to be a clean energy exporter.

“This is a major concern to all members of the WTO, as the uncertainty has stalled critical and urgent investments in clean energy infrastructure and other climate change-related investments,” said Cosbey.

Despite the urgency, Cosbey said it will still take years to establish a framework to deal with the complex issues. “This meeting is just the beginning, but the issues are so important we expect a lively and productive discussion at the very least.”

He said the aim is to foster greater international cooperation in an effort to keep investment flowing in the direction of initiatives that help countries develop the infrastructure needed for climate change adaptations and mitigation.

The meeting will also look at issues around border carbon adjustment, which pose serious challenges for international cooperation on trade and investment, as well as in the ongoing climate change negotiations.

Please see the agenda for a full list of presenters at the conference: Trade, Investment and Climate Change: Searching for Progress on Key Issues,on October 13, 2011.

source: IISD


100 Years Ago: Media, Climate Change & Electricity


How our earth has always and how it ‘lives’ in its own natural processes is something I cannot help pondering as I read this Washington Post article published in 1922.  Apparently the Arctic had “a radical change in climatic condition and hitherto un-heard-of high temperatures in that part of the earth’s surface.” The seals were disappearing, fish disappeared (although others seemed to replace them), flora & fauna dramatically changed.

I am reading practically the same today, almost 100 years later.  Nunavut, a territory of Canada, seems to have changed its flora & fauna now as well, as discussed in this article from CBC, July 11, 2011 => “Exotic Species Comes North to Nunavut” which to me, indicates insects are adapting as well as plants to earth changes.  As has similarly happened in all earth’s past history.


I am not saying that humans are NOT responsible for climate change, however, it may not be exactly the way we think it is.  I was amazed to see this headline pop up, which is clearly indicative of people in power playing with climate change on a global scale almost one hundred years ago:

Man Deliberately Wants to Change Nature

And if that doesn’t grab you, how about experiments on children with high frequency electrical currents way back in 1912, with an introduction that praises how these children will improve mentally and physically.

High Frequency Electrical Currents to Improve Children Mentally & Physically

There are other countless articles that show how solar power, wind power, electromagnetic energy (thanks to little know GENIUS Tesla), fuelless engines (the Hendershot)  and other technologies were either lost, disrespected by patent offices or other.  That there have been many experiments on humans, climate & so much more.  The underlying feeling of these old writings demonstrates an eerily similar feeling to many articles of today. Only these have rebranded, renamed, regurgitated, regenerated to suit our present times.

It is my real belief that the technology we are permitted to use & see is well behind that what really exists in our world. Corporations & profit mongers in business & banking look for the bottom line, period.  JP Morgan took his funding away from Tesla because Tesla wanted free wireless energy for everyone. There was no profit in that during their period of time.  No profit off sun or wind. But wires made profit, coal, oil, gas …

There now exist solar, wind & other old technologies made new – along with a slew of political & economic policies across the world that have been geared for what is always the bottom line – profit.

It is my hope that the real people of the world, the ones who struggle, who work everyday just to make ends meet (90% of the population) might take the time to discover & educate themselves about the real possibilities of a cleaner world that serves the better interest of the global community as opposed to the self-serving interests of ‘greenwashing’ corporations, politicians, governments and the maddeningly manipulative & exploiting media.

But what do I know?

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