Climate Politics

The politics of climate change.

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...
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...
In a desperate attempt to justify his government's approval of the Trans Mountain (TMX) expansion, Prime Minister Trudeau was so bold as to greenwash TMX profits as a necessary piece of Canada's transition to a clean energy future. Trudeau's...
“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...
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...
Canada's role at COP24 was again somewhat schizophrenic. The Canadian team is said to have played a key role in the negotiations that led to the adoption of the rulebook that will govern how the Paris Accord will cut...
The IPCC (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...
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...
In this post, Silver Don Cameron of The Green Interview highlights the emergence of a worldwide youth climate movement. The rise of youth is being spearheaded by Greta Thunberg, Sweden's 15-year old climate activist. Greta claims that children are...
The debate over climate change is over. Most accept that it is real and that it is happening right now. And the once-thriving denial industry is taking its final breaths. We have entered a period of consequences where mitigation...