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Thu Sep 14, 2017, 11:22 PM

Off the hook: Competition Bureau drops climate denier investigation


By Charles Hart at Eco Justice


The next few years present acrucial windowfor aggressive climate change action. Canada and the world must decisively break away from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources that do not pollute our atmosphere with dangerous levels of greenhouse gases.

Economically this will be a great period of creative destruction. New technologies and methods that produce energy without ruining the climate will soon begin to prevail over fossil fuels at increasing scale.

Wealthy fossil fuel business interests are sophisticated they have seen this coming for years and have worked to preserve the status quo. Sadly, this makes sense as a cold calculation. For the fossil fuel industry the era of serious climate action is not a new beginning, but rather the beginning of the end.


If enough of the public doubts climate science, or loses trust in climate scientists and their institutions, or fails to grasp the urgency of the situation, the profits of established fossil fuel business interests will remain safer for longer. Misinformation means aggressive climate policies will be harder to achieve and capital and consumer markets will keep leaning towards polluting fossil fuels.


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