Climate Politics

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...
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...
A recent Angus Reid poll (in August) shows that climate change and the environment are amongst the top issues facing voters in Canada's upcoming federal election. And this September as students return to school and climate strikes resume across...
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...
In the recent federal election, Canadians sent a powerful message to Prime Minister Trudeau and his governing Liberal party about the inadequacy of Canada's climate action plan—Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change. The message was loud. And...
"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...
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...
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...
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...
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. COP 26 needs to be a world...