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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...
“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...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to use a false and misleading narrative in his attempt to build the Kinder Morgan pipeline. As one of the 195 signatories of the Paris Accord, Canada has committed itself to unprecedented cuts...
It started so well. In December of 2015, newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada emerged from the Paris Agreement talks as a rising climate star and a beacon of hope for global climate action. “Canada is back...
“That pipeline is going to get built,” said a combative Prime Minister Trudeau during a radio interview in Edmonton a few days ago (February 1). His comment was in response to the war of words between the Premiers of...
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...
Canada and the other signatories to the Paris Accord have committed to keeping the warming of the planet below 2 degrees Celsius. But now, close to two years after the signing, that goal is fast becoming a fantasy. In...
In a recent National Observer article, Barry Saxifrage points out the obvious: Alberta's Tar Sands expansion is killing Canada's national climate goals. Carbon pollution from oilsands expansion is radically undermining Canada's plan to fight climate change. On the present course, almost...
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...
“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...