Canada and a just transition off fossil fuels


in Canada, Economics, Politics, Science, The environment

At a town hall tonight on a just transition away from fossil fuels — organized by and attended by Green Party parliamentary leader Elizabeth May and NDP climate change critic Laurel Collins, but which environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson declined to attend — May repeatedly brought up the Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities as a model. In particular, she emphasized the importance of countering the narrative that escaping our fossil fuel dependence will be bad for jobs, and of respectfully consulting with the most affected communities when making policy.

The central nonsense of Justin Trudeau’s climate change policy is his unwillingness to accept that only fossil fuel abolition will let us avoid catastrophic climate change. Canada has already more than used up our fair share of the global carbon budget, and building new long-lived fossil fuel infrastructure will only increase the costs of our transition when we need to scrap them early and scramble even faster to build climate-safe replacements. Canada’s assertion that we can keep expanding bitumen sands and LNG production and exports is also entirely at odds with what fairness and pragmatism demand globally. The richest and dirtiest states need to lead the way, not keep making excuses, or the global logjam against sufficient action will be impossible to overcome.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

. July 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Ottawa kickstarts ‘transition’ process for oil and gas workers | CBC News

. July 26, 2021 at 6:33 pm

Meeting Paris emissions targets would bring more energy jobs globally, but not for Canada: study | CTV News

. September 4, 2021 at 9:41 pm

How Spain is shutting down its coal industry to transition to renewables

. September 9, 2021 at 3:27 am

One way to ensure Canada reaches net-zero? Spend $10 billion to retrain oil and gas workers

Iron & Earth, an advocacy group for oil and gas workers, says massive federal investments are needed over next decade to help companies and workers transition to an economy in line with Canada’s net-zero carbon pollution targets

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: