OPINION: Greta Thunberg the world’s new environmental hero

Theo van de Kletersteeg

During her impassioned speech at the United Nations on September 23, Greta Thunberg made it very clear who she thinks is responsible for the world’s climate change woes: the world’s political “leaders” who, for the past thirty years, have known about the coming impacts of increasing levels of carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) in the earth’s atmosphere, but have chosen to do nothing about it.

It is certainly true that carbon concentrations in the atmosphere have steadily increased over the decades, indeed, over the centuries. And, despite all the soothing words about “green” developments, and promises of emissions reductions decades into the future, no actual progress has been made in reducing GHG emissions. (more…)

Alaska ferry system ends service to Prince Rupert due to lack of security personnel at Canadian terminal

By R. Bruce Striegler

A critical transportation link between Prince Rupert and Ketchikan, Alaska, has been suspended over a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirement that Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) secure Canadian law enforcement presence to protect CBP personnel in Prince Rupert while inspection tasks are performed. The ferry system operated two sailings per week during summer months and once weekly in winter. In 2018 there were 5,700 passengers and 3,000 vehicles. The ferry terminal is unusual – a U.S.-funded project on land leased from a federal Port Authority in Canada. (more…)

International Energy Outlook 2019 projects nearly 50 per cent increase in world energy usage by 2050, led by growth in Asia

In its International Energy Outlook 2019 (IEO2019), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that world energy consumption will grow by nearly 50 per cent between 2018 and 2050. EIA projects most of this growth will come from regions where the consumption of energy is driven by strong economic growth, particularly in non-OECD Asia. EIA’s annual long-term assessment of world energy markets includes a Reference case and four core side cases, which use different assumptions for the projections in each case. (more…)

Loyal lines, first-time callers cruise into port

Lines that have been loyal to Montreal for years now as well as newcomers to the city are helping the Port of Montreal enjoy yet another strong cruise season. When the schedule concludes at the end of October, the port will have welcomed some 113,000 cruise passengers and crew members in 2019.

Twenty-four cruise ships representing 17 different lines are making a total of 76 stops in the Port of Montreal this year. The season began on May 18 with the arrival of Holland America Line’s Zaandam from Boston and wraps up on October 30 with the departure of Oceania Cruises’ Riviera for New York and then Miami. (more…)

Contrecoeur container terminal project takes decisive steps forward

The Montreal Port Authority’s Contrecoeur terminal project, the next key milestone in the MPA’s strategic development plan, continues to take decisive steps forward. Certain major steps are currently being implemented or finalized with regard to financial structuring, engineering and design, negotiations for terminal operation and the environmental process.

In August, the MPA and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the development of the project. The two organizations will work on the financial structuring of the proposed terminal. This due diligence will include planning and pre-procurement activities for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the terminal. CIB’s work could lead to an investment in the project, subject to all standard due diligence and decision-making. (more…)