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The politics of climate change.

Climate deniers have delayed action on climate for decades. Most of the hard-core denialism has been financed by the fossil-fuel industry which has spent millions on public relations firms to set up industry-funded lobby groups and misinformation campaigns. Although this old...
Prime Minister Trudeau's announcement of a federal tax on carbon at Humber College, located in Premier Doug Ford’s Toronto riding, may prove to be political gold for his government just one year before the next election. Calling it a...
The IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has released its most frightful and alarming report yet -- Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC. The message is blunt: humanity is on the verge of a climate emergency which requires...
The images of climate change are now part of daily broadcast news. News anchors finally dare to utter the words climate change. And politicians running for office are now aware that there's a political risk with falling short on...
“If you care about debt, you wouldn’t leave credit-card debt to your kids. That’s exactly what climate change is," said Catherine McKenna (Minister of the Environment and Climate Change) in a recent interview with Bloomberg Environment. And she's right. We...
Remember the Northern Gateway pipeline? How about the Energy East pipeline? Neither got built. Both projects got quashed due primarily to public resistance. As opposition and resistance build in the coming months, Kinder Morgan will become the next pipeline...
“Continued investment in the oil sands generally, and in the Trans Mountain pipeline specifically, means Canada is doubling down on a no-win bet,” write Thomas Homer-Dixon of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and University of Waterloo doctoral candidate...
In a few days, Ontarians will be going to the polls to elect their next government. And following a trend started by the Liberal Party in the last federal election (October 2015), climate-related issues have been an important component...
I must admit that I did not see this coming. Canadians have been hearing for several weeks -- since Kinder Morgan set its May 31 ultimatum -- that Prime Minister Trudeau was considering a bail-out of the Kinder Morgan...
While Trudeau and the Liberal government offer up slogans to justify why the Kinder Morgan pipeline “must be built”, a chorus of thoughtful commentators have recently provided compelling evidence that the economic case for tar sands expansion and Kinder...