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The politics of climate change.

“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...
With five months to go before the next federal election, Canada’s political parties are competing for climate credibility, seemingly engaged in a battle to show they care more about the environment, reports The National Observer. This is a climate...
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...
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said repeatedly that his climate plan will eventually wean Canada off its dependence on fossil fuels. But first we need the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline to get Alberta oil to new markets according...
“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...
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...
This post consists of excerpts from Greta Thunberg's recent speech to the UK Houses of Parliament along with the video of the event. Greta does not dance around the climate thing. She bluntly asks the Members of Parliament "Did...
It’s a poorly guarded secret that “climate change” and “global warming” are not the best phrases to engage the public on climate. The phrases are overused, worn out with overexposure. The same applies to Canada’s climate plan: the Pan...
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...
We elect politicians to provide leadership on important issues. And specifically, we expect them to lead during emergencies. While I recognize that politics are about the art of compromise—trying to get the best results possible under difficult circumstances—politicians can no...