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It seems almost inevitable that the Canadian government will bail out (once again) the oil and gas sector. But should governments around the world give bailouts to the wealthiest and most polluting industry in our economy? "A smart response to...
As the climate crisis becomes truly obvious and severe, Canadians remain hesitant to take the kind of decisive and comprehensive action that is called for. Our federal government declared a climate emergency in June of 2019 but for the...
The death of the Frontier Teck Tar Sands project marks a turning point for Canadian climate policy going forward. And this is happening not because of strong climate leadership from our federal government. In fact, it's quite the opposite....
At the recent COP25 climate talks in Madrid, Canada told the world that climate action is our number one priority. The Trudeau government promised to set Canada on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. This promise will soon...
In order for climate talks to succeed, organizers must ban the fossil fuel industry—the fossils—from all future climate conferences starting with COP 26 (Conference of the Parties) in November 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Click on button below and say...
Please allow me to introduce Version 2.0 of the Justin Trudeau Climate Playbook. Version 1.0 came just after the COP21 climate talks that led to the Paris Agreement. Version 2.0 is just now surfacing and follows COP25 in Madrid...
In The Big Stall, author Donald Gutstein shows how Big Oil owns the Paris Agreement. Quoting ecological economist Clive Spash, Gutstein points out that what came out of the Paris talks at COP21 "is a fantasy which lacks any...
The longest ever Conference of the Parties (COP) climate talks has ended in utter failure. COP25, held in Madrid, has turned out to be a giant bust. As the conference limped to a close, the best that countries could...
During the election campaign, all parties—with the exception of the Conservatives—promised many new climate change measures, including legally binding targets that get Canada to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Exit polls showed that Canadians want and expect a more...
"There are reasons to believe that the Paris agreement is in bad shape, that in the 2020s it could break down or even fall apart entirely," writes Dave Roberts in a recent Vox article. Under the Paris Agreement, every...