Saturday, December 27, 2014

Video - Canada's Dirty Energy: Ban Ki Moon Calls on Canada to Back Away from Fossil Fuels



Due to its emphasis on fossil fuels and the oil sands in particular, Canada is increasingly isolated in the international community. In an interview with Peter Mansbridge, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon calls on Canada to back away from fossil fuels and engage transformative change including renewable energy. However, as addressed in this panel discussion, the Canadian people may not be ready to make the short term economic sacrifices. However, as one panelist argued, Canadians can change their attitudes but they will need federal leadership which is not forthcoming. Putting a price on carbon may offer a means by which Canada can make the transition. The provinces of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia may be at odds with the current energy position of the federal government.

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