Mark Jaccard is a professor of sustainable energy at Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management Open this photo in gallery A display of letters reading ‘#Reasons for hope’ was set up by Greenpeace activists prior to a press conference of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) at Songdo Convensia in Incheon on October 8, 2018. Since 1993, I have occasionally participated as a climate policy expert on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. At our Edinburgh meeting the first week of April, I was struck by the sharp contrast between the consensus of foreign experts that Canada has become a global climate policy leader and the frequent assumption among concerned Canadians that our government is failing on climate. Why this discrepancy? The Trudeau government’s support of the TransMountain pipeline is one obvious reason: People wonder how a sincere government could build an oil pipeline. Another is the government’s admission that its climate plan won’t quite meet its 2030 target. Isn’t this a repeat of previously ineffective Conservative and Liberal administrations? Increasingly, however, I detect a third, less obvious reason: Few climate-concerned Canadians know much about the slate of new federal climate polices, except for the […]

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