Next to the triumphs of Paris climate diplomacy must be set the tragedy of the military-industrial complex model of development that prevails and drives economies in wealthier nations.
With the COP21 climate talks beginning in Paris this Monday, the indications are that the critical aspects of Trudeau's climate policy fall well short of what is needed.
Today we need a federal government that can lead us not into battle against other nations, but rather, into the fight for our collective future.
We need to take this episode as a wake-up call -- as a springboard for fundamentally rethinking the way corporations operate, re-balancing private versus public interests in our regulatory system.
VW's house of lies about dirty emissions from "clean" diesel cars isn't a scandal as much as a syndrome, fallout from a belief that less government, more market will produce the best results.
While science tells us that the world cannot keep emitting carbon at current rates, Harper managed to delay a G7 target for a low-carbon economy by 50 years and even then says it's only aspirational.
The Council of Canadians is criticizing the emission reduction target set by the Harper government as weak, insufficient and lacking in credibility.
Over the past few years, the B.C. government and many in the policy community have spun a tale about the remarkable success of B.C.'s climate action policies, with a big spotlight on the carbon tax.
This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20.
Meeting a target of keeping global temperature from rising above 2 degrees Celsius is still possible, according to 30 leading climate and energy experts.