The New Climate Denialism: Time for an intervention

Photo: Justin Trudeau and Christy Clark at the United Nations COP 21 Climate Change Conference. Source: Province of BC / Flickr.com For decades, the urgent need for climate action was stymied by what came to be known as “climate denialism” (or its more mild cousin, “climate skepticism”). In an effort…
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Previewing Canada’s climate action plan

It’s been six months since First Ministers unveiled the Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth and Climate Change. At the time, the Declaration was somewhat of a disappointment: no new national greenhouse gas reduction target; no consensus on carbon pricing; and a parallel push for pipelines (for a review and analysis, see this…
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Retrait accéléré des wagons-citernes par Transports Canada : une réalité loin du compte

À la fin du mois de juillet, le ministre des Transports Marc Garneau a annoncé que le Canada accélérerait le retrait des wagons-citernes de la catégorie dont l’explosion au Lac-Mégantic en juillet 2013 a coûté la vie à 47 personnes. Plutôt que d’attendre 2018, comme aux États-Unis, le ministre a annoncé aux médias…
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Four ways the Fraser Institute is wrong about the need for new export pipelines to tidewater

The Fraser Institute’s new report, The Costs of Pipeline Obstructionism, claims that lack of new export pipelines to tidewater is costing Canada $2.02–$6.4 billion dollars per year (depending on the assumed oil price). The authors offer the following table, based on exports via the proposed Energy East pipeline, as evidence…
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Ontario’s new climate plan needs bigger sticks, more carrots

This week, the Ontario government released its five-year Climate Change Action Plan, which includes 28 initiatives designed to gradually electrify the transportation system, improve building efficiency, and ultimately reduce Ontario’s emissions of greenhouse gases. The plan has been met with praise from think tanks, environmental groups and news organizations who…
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Pipelines vs Paris: Canada’s climate conundrum

The push for new pipelines to bring Alberta bitumen to “tidewater” is on, even as the ink is barely dry on the Paris Agreement, and its call to action on climate change. Alberta Premier Notley argues that “We’re not making a choice between the environment and the economy. We are building the economy.”…
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