|Energy and Climate in the Harper Decade
Has Stephen Harper turned Canada into an energy superpower?
This week on The Harper Decade,
economist Marc Lee measures the success – and heavy cost – of the Conservatives’ ambitious energy policy:
"PM Harper's record is thus one of relentlessly tearing down barriers to new fossil fuel development. This is perhaps best characterized by the 2012 omnibus bill, which among other things, dismantled environmental regulations that might affect oil sands growth, and accelerated approval processes for new pipeline and tanker projects." (Click here to read more).
Marc Lee is a Senior Economist in the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Co-Director of the Climate Justice Project. His publications include A Green Industrial Revolution (with Amanda Card) and Enbridge Pipe Dreams and Nightmares, both available at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Forecasting Change: Restoring Canada's Right to Know
Has global warming caused the extreme weather of recent winters in Canada?
Click here to read or listen to Chloe Shantz-Hilkes detail the struggle for information and access to science under the tight watch of the Conservative government:
"Canadians are paying for government research. And Canadians have questions that are going unanswered. By all accounts, the silence of Canadian scientists in response to these questions is not voluntary, but imposed. Whether to promote unrestricted oilsands expansion or to disrupt efforts to assist low income Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has proven himself willing to routinely deny Canadians their right to know about themselves, their environment, and their country.” (Click here to read more.)