Politics

With the Trudeau cabinet’s approval of the Trans Mountain extension everyone is talking abut hypocrisy: “The day before they passed a climate change emergency resolution and now they are approving a pipeline for the dirty tar sands: the hypocrisy!” The trouble is, arguments based on accusations of hypocrisy often don’t hold up logically. “Al Gore […]

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From CBC radio: What would it take for Canada to meet its climate targets? In short, Canada does not have a plan to meet the emission reductions in the Paris Agreement, created by the Harper government. Also, those targets are nowhere near adequate to meet Canada’s stated goal of avoiding over 1.5 ˚C of warming.

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Canadian politics has an unhealthy fixation on the profits associated with fossil fuel production and use. It’s the threat of losing those that is always evoked by pro-fossil interests when they are asserting that this or that piece of new fossil fuel infrastructure (this pipeline, that bitumen mine or in situ extraction project) needs to […]

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In an article called “Oilpatch in open rebellion as Ottawa ignores industry’s input on Bill C-69” Chris Varcoe notes: The uproar over the bill came as CAPP released its annual outlook, forecasting oil production will grow by a tepid 1.4 per cent annually — less than half the pace anticipated five years ago — by […]

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From the National Observer: Young Canadians launch website tracking climate commitments of federal parties The site itself: Shake Up The Establishment

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I have always been taught that the idea in Canada, the UK, and other Westminister-style Parliamentary democracies is that Parliament is sovereign and that the prime minister and cabinet must maintain their confidence to rule legitimately. A recent Economist article on Brexit makes several references to how their fixed-election law ambiguously alters that: [T]he Fixed-term […]

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One argument routinely used against divestment from fossil fuels is that, as investors, institutions like universities and pension funds might be able to discourage the most wasteful and damaging new fossil fuel investments and encourage fossil fuel corporations to use their resources and expertise to advance decarbonization. In the U of T divestment brief we […]

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This chart is a nice demonstration of what a pragmatic all-bases-covered campaign against climate change might encourage or at least contemplate pic.twitter.com/D6YONNjebN — Milan Prazak Ilnyckyj (@sindark) June 6, 2019

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Figure from my 2009 blog post, showing why delaying the global peak year for greenhouse gas pollution emissions means having to cut emissions much faster in the 2020s and 2030s to achieve the same temperature target: Tweeted by Greta Thunberg today: All this delay mutually reinforces the risks of catastrophes. People keep investing in fossil […]

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UBC political science professor George Hoberg has a post about today’s court ruling saying B.C. can’t restrict bitumen transport through the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: The BC pipeline reference case in context

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