The Big Stall

The Big Stall

How Big Oil and Think Tanks Are Blocking Action on Climate Change in Canada

Book - 2018
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In fall 2015, the new Trudeau government endorsed the Paris Accord and promised to tackle global wamring. In 2016, it released a major report which set out a national energy strategy embracing clean growth, technological innovation and carbon pricing. Rather than putting in place tough measures to achieve the Paris targets however, the government reframed global warming as a market opportunity for Canada's clean technology sector. In The Big Stall, Donald Gutstein traces the origins of the government's climate change plan back to the energy sector itself - in particular Big Oil. He shows how, in the last fifteen years, Big Oil has infiltrated provincial and federal governments, academia, media and the non-profit sector to sway government and public opinion on the realities of climate change and what needs to be done about it. Working both behind the scenes and in high-profile networks, Canada's energy companies moved the debate away from discussion of the measures required to create a zero-carbon world and towards market-based solutions that will cut CO2 emissions - but not enough to prevent severe climate impacts. The progressive-seeming Trudeau Liberals have been co-opted by the embedded advocates of the oil and gas industry. The result: oil and gas companies can continue profiting from exporting their resources, instead of leaving them in the ground to minimize climate change. The door has been left wide open for oil companies to determine their own futures, and to go on drilling new wells, building new tar sands plants and constructing new pipelines. This book offers the background information readers need to challenge politicians claiming they are taking meaningful action on global warming.
Publisher: Toronto : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781459413474
Branch Call Number: 338.2728 GUT
Characteristics: 304 pages ;,23 cm


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Apr 09, 2019

“Federal climate change report 'a strong warning,' Alberta scientist says – New study says Canada is warming at twice the global rate”
by Rachel Ward, posted April 2, 2019, at CBC News, Calgary

Nov 16, 2018

Why does Trudeau present himself as some kind of environmentalist and then buy a pipeline?
Maybe this explains it, from recent review in 'The Straight' titled 'Justin Trudeau's' Grand Bargain Wth Big Oil':
'Gutstein maintained that this market-based solution of a tax on pollution isn’t going to result in the types of emission reductions that could be obtained by tough government regulations, even though it would appear to be a reasonable compromise to the public.'

Canadians produce more greenhouse gas emissions per person than any other G20 economy now. This is due to the oil sands and transportation.
Communities and people need to fight big oil and save the planet, waiting for politicians is just deceiving ourselves. We are running out of time.

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