Are electric cars really a solution to the climate crisis?

There are serious social, economic and environmental costs to driving any kind of vehicle. We must consider the implications of every choice

Are electric cars really a solution to the climate crisis?American actress Alexandra Paul summarized the sentiment of much of the world when she said, “The cars we drive say a lot about us.” The climate crisis also says a lot about us as a society and one of greatest culprits related to that crisis is the automobile. As a result, many people are choosing…

Elections Canada’s limits on free speech a sign of the times

There’s nothing more fundamental to the democratic ideal than the freedom to speak one’s mind and sound as wise or foolish as that happens to sound

Elections Canada’s limits on free speech a sign of the timesThe news that environmental groups have been warned their speech will be regulated during the upcoming federal election campaign has finally drawn attention to the stifling impact of the nation’s most recent election legislation. This latest twist is due to People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, who has expressed doubts about anthropogenic climate science.…

The frivolity at the heart of climate change marches

Who knew that by shunning income and education we could do so much good, and that ignorance could save the planet?

The frivolity at the heart of climate change marchesIn the classic comedy Animal House, authorities deal the protagonists a crushing blow – for their many misbehaviours, our heroes’ fraternity is dissolved and they’re expelled from university. As they sit bemoaning their fate, one of the group demands that they go down fighting. He calls for revenge, saying, “Now we could do it with…

Finding responsible work in a time of climate crisis

What are the new jobs? How do you train for them? Every old-economy business needs to plan for next-economy transitions

Finding responsible work in a time of climate crisisHow does work change in an era of climate crisis? What skills will have value and how do we acquire them? What advice do we give young people entering the job market? How do we retrain those whose skills are no longer in demand? What roles do colleges and universities play in this workplace transition?…

Canada well placed to meet world’s growing energy demands

Canada well placed to meet world’s growing energy demandsBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of British Columbia When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, conflict typically ensues. So it is with the world-wide effort to come to grips with the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change. While most countries – minus Donald Trump’s America – have notionally signed on to…

Say no to a carbon tax, for the sake of your children

Research shows that only those born 45 years after a carbon tax is implemented will see any benefits that outweigh higher energy prices

Say no to a carbon tax, for the sake of your childrenI work on environmental and energy economics in both Canada and the United States. I’ve noticed that U.S. debates tend to focus on abstract principles – “capitalism versus socialism,” for example – whereas Canadians tend to put aside ideology and inquire about the empirical details. In this context, and as Canada’s political parties rollout their…

Myths and misinformation fog climate change debate

The answers to some questions to help you assess whether there really is a climate emergency

Myths and misinformation fog climate change debateWith energy and the environment playing an important role in the fall election, Canadians face starkly different policy positions from political parties, together with a bewildering array of both information and disinformation. Here is my rather eclectic list of little-known facts, head-scratching paradoxes and utter hypocrisy. Climate Emergency On June 17, the House of Commons…

Climate change places older adults at greater risk

We need to plan better to protect vulnerable seniors from the impact of climate change

Climate change places older adults at greater riskBy John Muscedere and George Heckman Canadian Frailty Network An elderly man in Ottawa spent most of last winter snowed in, unable to leave his home, surviving on canned food. Last summer, 54 people died as a result of a heat wave in Quebec, many of them older adults. Seniors’ communities were quickly evacuated during…

How Canada can tax carbon efficiently

Carbon tax should replace other, less efficient policies with the same objective and be offset by cuts in other taxes

How Canada can tax carbon efficientlyEconomists generally agree that imposing a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the most efficient way to reduce them while minimizing the drawbacks associated with intervention. The devil, however, is in the details. And when you look at the details, the carbon pricing systems the federal and provincial governments of Canada have put in…