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Canada’s Cognitive Dissonance on Climate & Energy Policy

Canada’s Cognitive Dissonance on Climate & Energy Policy

Canada’s climate and energy policies are in a state of cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance occurs when one tries to entertain two opposing ideas at the same time. This creates tension and a psychological discomfort which forces one to resort to clever and self-deluding ways to justify one’s decisions and actions. Prime Minister Trudeau’s attempt to blend climate action and […]

Unprecedented Climate Mobilization Needed Now

Unprecedented Climate Mobilization Needed Now

Unprecedented Climate Mobilization is the title of a book just released by authors Elizabeth Woodworth and David Ray Griffin. Although I’m pleased with the launch of the pan-Canadian framework for clean growth and climate change, it falls far short of the kind of climate action needed to keep our world habitable for future generations. This book is a […]

Message to Brad Wall – Border Tax Adjustments Are the Solution

Message to Brad Wall – Border Tax Adjustments Are the Solution

Following the recent First Ministers’ Meeting and the launch of Canada’s climate action plan, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, led by National Director Cathy Orlando, issued this Media Release on December 12. (Source: CCL Canada Website).  On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Pan-Canadian Plan on Clean Growth and  Climate was signed by all Premiers at the First Minister’s Meeting (FMM) except […]

The Artful Deception of Climate Consultation

The Artful Deception of Climate Consultation

I’m pleased to welcome Monica Woodley, an ordinary citizen (like millions of us), who has been inspired by her grandchildren to become a climate warrior. I spoke with Monica on the phone recently. We agreed that our current government under the leadership of Justin Trudeau has made a mockery of the democratic practice of consultation, reducing it […]

Kinder Morgan Is Litmus Test of Trudeau Climate Leadership

Kinder Morgan Is Litmus Test of Trudeau Climate Leadership

During the last week, thousands of Canadians attended more than 50 vigils organized by 350.Org (Canada) and local community organizers to protest against the approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Daniel Caley-Daoust of Council of Canadians was the coordinator and local organizer for the Ottawa event. I attended the Ottawa vigil where I spoke on behalf […]

Knee Deep In Unethical Coal Investments

Knee Deep In Unethical Coal Investments

Sometimes huge issues just slide along under the radar until, all of a sudden, they blow up. The shock can come from a brown envelope slid under a door, a “scoop” in the media, or an opposition politician discovering a serious failure in government. [Such is the case with the Canada Pension Plan which finds […]

Where Are Canadian Fossil Fuel Subsidies Coming From and Going To?

Where Are Canadian Fossil Fuel Subsidies Coming From and Going To?

In 2009, G20 leaders pledged to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies. But the information presented in the 2015 OIC (Oil Change International) report, Empty Promises: G20 susidies to oil, gas and coal production, is evidence of the continuing gap between promises and reality. I’m pleased to feature Carol Linnitt’s post (with permission) first published in DeSmog Canada in November […]

Flawed Data on Climate Consultation Website

Flawed Data on Climate Consultation Website

The Federal government promised to use the results of the climate consultation process undertaken this past summer in formulating climate policy. But what about the flawed data found on the Let’s Talk Climate Action website? We at 350 Ottawa have analyzed the ideas and comments posted on the Let’s Talk Climate Action website using sophisticated […]

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