Canadian Lawyer Pushes For Climate Change Warning Labels on Gasoline, Fossil Fuels


(Image source: Our Horizon)

According to reports from Triple Pundit, a Canadian Lawyer by the name of Robert Shirkey is pushing to have climate change warning labels placed on gas pumps throughout Canada. The campaign, available at its website, is lobbying for states and municipalities to place labels on gasoline and other fossil fuel based products to raise awareness and generate impetus for change.

Shirkey’s campaign is also driven by an awareness that only 16 years of the current pace of fossil fuel burning is necessary to put the world’s climate on an inevitable collision with a disastrous 2 degree or more temperature increase before the end of this century.

Shirkey’s campaign encourages people to send letters and emails to each of the 4,000 municipalities in Canada in a push to slap warning labels on fossil fuel products. The campaigns are market based and receives funding via crowd-sourcing. Each campaign states goals and provides the total funding needed to complete.

Our Horizon is a reference to the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill that damaged so much of the US Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico. As noted above, it is also an allegory to the rather brief period of time left to avoid the worst impacts of human caused climate change.

Warning labels were an effective means of reducing cigarette use in the US and Canada. The labels raised awareness, provided visible evidence of risk, and tended to reduce consumption of labeled items. Given the fact that worldwide human greenhouse gas emissions will likely result in a far greater risk to human life and health than even tobacco smoking, it is surprising that similar efforts haven’t already been pursued. Let’s hope similar campaigns spring up in the United States and other countries.


Triple Pundit

Our Horizon



Total Failure of Integrity: Romney vs Romney

The following is an illustration of the Romney campaign’s endlessly changing stance on the issues in an attempt to manipulate voters. It also shows how it is basically impossible to determine what Mitt Romney stands for except his own personal advancement.

Mitt Romney on Women’s Rights:

“I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.”

“Roe v. Wade has gone too far.”

“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.”

“I never really called myself pro-choice.”

Mitt Romney on the Auto Bailout

“Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

“Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.”

“I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.”

Mitt Romney on Privatizing Social Security:

“I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.”

“Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.”

Mitt Romney on Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act:

“If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.”

“What works in one state may not be the answer for another.”

Mitt Romney on Capital Gains Tax Cut:

“It’s a tax cut for fat cats.”

“I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.”

Mitt Romney on Osama Bin Laden:

“It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”

“He’s going to pay, and he will die.”

Mitt Romney on How Conservative He is:

“I was a severely conservative governor…”

“Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.”

“I’m not the most conservative candidate.” “I’m not the most conservative candidate.”

Mitt Romney on Bank Bailouts:

“The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.”

“When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.”

Mitt Romney on Desire to Serve in Vietnam:

“It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.”

“I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.”

Mitt Romney on the Minimum Wage

“I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.”

“There’s no question raising the minimum wage… causes a loss of jobs.”

Mitt Romney on the NRA, the Second Amendment and Firearms

“I don’t line up with the NRA.”

“I’m a member of the [NRA].”

“I supported the assault weapon ban.”

“I don’t support any gun control legislation.”

“I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.”

“Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.”

Mitt Romney on Carbon Emissions:

“These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.”

“Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.”

Mitt Romney on ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’:

“When I first heard of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly.”

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has worked well.”

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