Citizen Action Monitor

79 articles expose risks of trusting Ottawa’s handling of the economy/environment/climate file

Read ‘em and weep! — broken promises, lies, question-dodging, blaming, ignorance, cooking the books, and much, much more.

No 2222 Posted by fw, May 23, 2018

Yesterday’s post questioned the reliability and validity of the Trudeau government’s ideas about the economy, environment and climate: “dangerously ill-informed” were the words I used to characterize Ottawa’s thinking. In support of this criticism, I cited the contributions of two experts, Dr. Nate Hagens and Jean-Marc Jancovici, on the existential risks of using fossil fuel energy in the relentless pursuit of GDP growth, which is precisely what the Trudeau regime has been pushing ever since its election victory in October 2015.

To further reinforce yesterday’s allusion, today I list 79 articles published on this blog, which are highly critical of Liberal plans and actions on the economy/environment/climate file. The articles, presented in reverse chronological order from most recent, cover the period from the present to October 2015.

79 articles exposing Trudeau government’s “dangerously ill-informed” thinking: broken promises; lies; fails math test; duplicitous question-dodging; use of last century’s economics; rush to pipeline decision; bias favouring political and business elites; blaming Harper for current pipeline delays; gap between climate policy and emission targets; using disputed figures to justify pro-pipeline decisions; wilful or real ignorance of the meaning of “absolute decoupling” when promising the impossible — to grow the economy AND reduce emissions; failure to recognize the tarsands can no longer compete in the oil game; failing grade on First Nation pledges – And on and on the list goes.

Read em’ and weep.

“Come on guys, you’re trying to pull a fast one on us,” says critic of Ottawa’s new carbon pricing report Ottawa’s claim that “we can reduce carbon emissions and build pipelines” no longer has much credibility. No 2215 Posted by fw, May 10, 2018

Face the facts Canada — We can’t meet emission targets and expand oil and gas production “We’re energy pigs, we’re high emitters of carbon, and we’re not leaders in renewable energy,” says energy expert. No 2214 Posted by fw, May 7, 2018

Bill Rees fires back at economist who criticized David Suzuki’s “alleged ignorance of mainstream economics”  Rees rips today’s economic models as “mathematical abstractions containing no useful information”, expecting complex real world to conform to models. No 2213 Posted by fw, May 6, 2018

New report crushes Trudeau’s claim oil/gas/pipeline expansion vital to our economic well-being “Oft-cited claim that growing oil and gas production is vital to Canada’s economic well-being … has become progressively less true over the past decade.” No 2212 Posted by fw, May 5, 2018

Trudeau ducks questions about his awareness of rigged review of Trans Mountain project Duplicitous PM dodges the questions by blaming New Dems and Cons for something totally beside the point. No 2210 Posted by fw, April 29, 2018

Economist Kate Raworth would say that Trudeau and his advisers are stuck in last century’s economics The idea of economics should not start with economic growth, but with human wellbeing, declares Raworth. No 2206 Posted by fw, April 25, 2018

Suzuki calls on Canadians to oppose Kinder Morgan pipeline and all fossil fuel expansion Trudeau government is trading short-term economic interests for long-term wellbeing of all life on planet Earth. No 2205 Posted by fw, April 24, 2018

Internal gov. documents reveal Ottawa rushed pipeline decision after call from Kinder Morgan executive Email shows bureaucrats emphasized industry concerns, opting not to consult directly with First Nations. No 2203 Posted by fw, April 23, 2018

Selfish motives drive Canada’s political and business elites to press for pipeline action Powerful capitalist elites want profits, political leaders want to retain capitalists’ support by growing the economy. No 2202 Posted by fw, April 20, 2018

Canada’s constitution is on BC’s side of Kinder Morgan pipeline dispute, says legal expert  Horgan is right to be “calm and patient”; Trudeau “seems ignorant of reality”; Notley’s “completely wrong”. No 2200 Posted by fw, April 15, 2018

Trudeau/Notley/Kinder Morgan case against BC fraudulent, argues Rabble’s Linda McQuaig McQuaig picks apart the “chorus of rage” from business and political ranks over B.C.’s refusal to fall into line. No 2198 Posted by fw, April 13, 2018

Kinder Morgan suspends pipeline work, gives governments until May 31 to resolve differences Under attack from BC and Alberta, Trudeau blames his predecessor, Stephen Harper No 2197 Posted by fw, April 9, 2018

Despite mounting rebuttal evidence, PM Trudeau repeats misguided “environment and economy” pitch  In a decade or two, will he be Canada’s most reviled PM for ignoring dire climate-related health, economic and environmental risks? No 2196 Posted by fw, April 8, 2018

Climate researcher Barry Saxifrage drives another stake through heart of Canada’s climate plan Saxifrage’s charts reveal a gap between policy and Canada’s climate goal — twice as big as admitted! No 2193 Posted by fw, March 29, 2018

Trudeau has lied to Canadians, deceived us into believing Kinder Morgan will have no adverse effects  Environmental engineer and former Kinder Morgan employee, explains why she opposes pipeline expansion. No 2192 Posted by fw, March 27, 2018

PM Trudeau and Alberta Premier Notley use disputed figures to justify Trans Mountain pipeline  “Either they haven’t read the original report or they do understand and are being wilfully deceptive.” No 2187 Posted by fw, March 22, 2018

At our current rate of transitioning to renewable energy, it will take 400 years to transform the energy system And, can you guess what percentage of the world’s energy is currently provided by renewables? See answer below. No 2186 Posted by fw, March 21, 2018

Annual carbon emissions are 60% higher now than in 1990, affirming abject failure to act decisively Political expediency continues to trump needed revolutionary change. Could political upheaval spawn hope? asks Kevin Anderson. No 2184 Posted by fw, March 19, 2018

Alberta, we have a huge problem! – The oil game has changed around us and the oilsands can’t compete The bad news for Alberta’s oilpatch has been building for a decade, and Notley/Trudeau were caught with their eyes wide shut. No 2182 Posted by fw, March 15, 2018

Trudeau’s claim that he can build Kinder Morgan and hit Paris targets is “a lot of bullshit” – David Suzuki  Disillusioned with politics, Suzuki laments that “principle and ideals don’t mean a goddamn thing.” No 2175 Posted by fw, March 6, 2018

Revisiting 2016 event when Trudeau misled Canadians about KM pipeline decision-making process His Trans Mountain approval prompted scientists to question what he meant by “science- and evidence-based decision-making” No 2170 Posted by fw, February 28, 2018

Trudeau and Notley’s Orwellian climate plan – “Reduce carbon emissions by increasing them” Trudeau knows it’s economically and socially irresponsible to build a pipeline now, says prof. No 2169 Posted by fw, February 27, 2018

Oilsands expansion drives Canada’s climate failure; job and GDP growth unlikely to shift much Hard evidence from climate researcher’s charts drive stake through heart of Canada’s climate plan. No 2167 Posted by fw, February 25, 2018

The case for blocking Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline Allowing the Trans Mountain pipeline to go forward now would sabotage meagre gains made by fed’s carbon scheme. No 2166 Posted by fw, February 23, 2018

Trudeau government’s new environmental review laws fail promise of evidence-based decisions Failure to set strict evidence-based decision criteria can open door to self-interested political decisions. No 2162 Posted by fw, February 14, 2018

Here’s what Trudeau and Notley won’t be telling Canadians about a new Kinder Morgan pipeline KM’s new pipeline will significantly increase our ocean acidification and climate crises, says expert Barry Saxifrage No 2160 Posted by fw, February 8, 2018

Team Trudeau’s “massive loophole” would let carbon polluters escape paying millions in carbon taxes Don’t let Trudeau pose as a “climate leader.” Help Leadnow blow the whistle on “This sneaky move.” No 2154 Posted by fw, January 30, 2018

Trudeau challenged to prove Canada’s “all-of-the-above” climate action plan will meet its climate commitments Canada’s 2018 “strategic assessment” proposal features a “climate test” but will it include 2 best-test features? No 2130 Posted by fw, December 25, 2017

Tar Sands – Canada’s dirty and dangerous obstacle to a carbon-free global energy system  Calculations show winding down tar sands production crucial for Canada to achieve carbon reduction targets. No 2140 Posted by fw, January 9, 2018

Duplicitous PM Trudeau slammed for breaking his climate change promise to the world in Paris Rafe Mair calls the PM to account for choosing LNG and Kinder Morgan over climate and democracy. No 2085 Posted by fw, October 27, 2017

Evidence-packed article buries Trudeau, discrediting his pretence to care about climate change Trudeau’s “climate action charade will fool Canadians for only so long”, says climate activist No 2038 Posted by fw, August 23, 2017

Kinder Morgan expected Trudeau to break his promise to redo NEB’s review of pipeline project Trudeau lies to voters; Kinder Morgan lies to the NEB and Canadians. Will BC’s NDP government protect the integrity of our democracy? No 2037 Posted by fw, August 22, 2017

Group of 28 academics ask PM Trudeau if he understands the climate crisis. No reply after 9 weeks. Their written concerns are framed in the context of Trudeau’s misinformed public statements. No 2016 Posted by fw, July 26, 2017

“There is no sign of a turning point in our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Canadian expert And despite growth of renewables, fossil fuel share of global energy supply has barely budged in the last quarter-century. No 2012 Posted by fw, July 21, 2017

Delusional Trudeau and Notley ignore facts, cling to oilsands’ pipe dream promises “The party’s over … but Trudeau can’t seem to bring himself to leave.” The Tyee. No 2011 Posted by fw, July 19, 2017

Prof Bill Rees is back, advocating planned de-growth toward a quasi steady state economy “Perversely, the world community prescribes still greater material growth as the only feasible solution!” No 2009 Posted by fw, July 17, 2017

“We have to design our economies to live within ecological limits and resource constraints” – Tim Jackson “Start with the idea of what prosperity is and then ask questions about what kind of economy you need to get there.” No 2007 Posted by fw, July 15, 2017

“We will grow our economy while reducing emissions,” says PM Trudeau. Really? Simplistic neoliberal beliefs like this may be popular and win votes but they’re short-sighted and dangerous. Here’s why. No 1996 Posted by fw, June 30, 2017.

Trudeau failing to deliver on his promise of “open by default” government Access to Information Act used as ‘shield’ against openness, asserts Canada’s Information Commissioner No 1978 Posted by fw, June 9, 2017

Trudeau slammed for deferring action on methane emissions, justifying delay with “bullshit” excuses The facts and solutions are readily available, but “our pipeline-loving PM” breaks 2 promises and stalls. No 1976 Posted by fw, June 7, 2017

Trudeau’s carbon reduction plan does not stand up to critical scrutiny Ottawa’s plan is window dressing to give an “appearance of action”, says Dimitri Lascaris No 1963 Posted by fw, May 23, 2017

At People’s Climate March, Canadian activist blasts Trudeau’s climate policies and leadership Crunch the numbers and his vaunted deal with the provinces comes up far short of what we need, says Avi Lewis. No 1948 Posted by fw, May 1, 2017

Trudeau breaks another promise, delays methane gas regulations — Did he cave to the oil industry? Decision could hinder Canada’s goal to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. No 1941 Posted by fw, April 24, 2017

We are consuming ourselves to death under the banner of limitless economic growth Rethinking economic growth in an age of environmental limits to growth cannot be avoided — Will change be by design or disaster? No 1938 Posted by fw, April 19, 2017

Trudeau’s pipe dream to ship carbon worldwide is a disaster for the planet, says Bill McKibben “Trump’s a creep, a danger, unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite.” No 1936 Posted by fw, April 18, 2017

Trudeau’s worst nightmare? Big Oil pulling out of Alberta tar sands Big Time There’s no point building pipelines to bring oil that will never be extracted to ports that will never ship it. No 1908 Posted by fw, March 11, 2017

Trudeau may charm fossil fuel fools in Texas, but informed critics back home are not so easily duped The implicit wager the fossil fuels industry is making is that humanity is going to collectively commit suicide. No 1907 Posted by fw, March 10, 2017

Go Figure — At Paris climate talks, Trudeau committed to reduce our emissions by 18 million tons by 2030 Now he has approved an LNG plant and Kinder Morgan pipeline increasing emissions by estimated 27 million tons. YIKES! No 1899 Posted by fw, February 23, 2017

Unbelievably, Trudeau gives two thumbs way up to Trump’s KXL approval “What’s worse, Keystone XL has never faced a serious review in Canada,” says Leadnow in call to sign petition. No 1877 Posted by fw, January 25, 2017

With his KM pipeline approval, Trudeau has said “screw you” to millennials who brought him to office “Climate leaders don’t build pipelines.” Trudeau ignores those words at his political peril. No 1858 Posted by fw, December 28, 2016

New court challenge to Trudeau’s cabinet approval of Trans Mountain pipeline Challenge argues National Energy Board failed to consider project’s impact on endangered resident killer whales. No 1851 Posted by fw, December 21, 2016

Facing planet-wrecking 5.9 degrees Celsius global warming by 2100, Trudeau approves Kinder Morgan It’s inconceivable Trudeau doesn’t know that increasing production of tar sands oil will wreck the planet No 1839 Posted by fw, December 4, 2016

Big business, corporate media laud Trudeau for defying public opinion over pipeline approval Public protests in BC “remain under the control of pro-capitalist environmentalist and First Nations groups”. No 1838 Posted by fw, December 3, 2016

Trudeau’s cutesy tweets, photo-ops, and smiles won’t stem the outrage headed his way Approval of LNG projects, Site C, Kinder Morgan, and Line 3 have laid bare, for all to see, the PM’s duplicity. No 1837 Posted by fw, December 2, 2016

Trudeau flunks review of promises made to First Nations, says Mi’kmaw lawyer Alliances are forming – the days of individual battles by individual First Nations against pipelines, mining, police racism, abuse are over. No 1834 Posted by fw, November 28, 2016

1300+ researchers send Trudeau letter criticizing flawed review process on energy projects Despite protests, Trudeau quietly approved contentious dam project, breaking promise to “rebuild trust” in assessment process. No 1825 Posted by fw, November 15, 2016

Another broken promise? Trudeau was all for a ban on oil tankers on BC’s North Coast, until he wasn’t “Betrayal!” “Insulting!” Scolded NDP MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the North Coast. No 1818 Posted by fw, November 10, 2016

Team Trudeau can’t get the math right on greenhouse gas emissions, says UBC prof Specifically, Fed’s conclusion that emissions from proposed pipeline expansion would be negligible based on flawed reasoning. No 1802 Posted by fw, October 18, 2016

Don’t count on Trudeau to be our environmental saviour, continue the struggle where we left off with Harper On the climate crisis, political activist Brad Hornick finds a neoliberal hiding inside the PM’s calculated image. No 1795 Posted by fw, October 7, 2016

Charmers Trudeau and Notley can’t spin the math of climate change, says Bill McKibben They keep trying out new brands of spin to justify continued expansion of pipelines and oil sands production. No 1792 Posted by fw, October 4, 2016

Trudeau betrays promised new relationship with First Nations, BC Site C Dam construction underway Today, cross-country Justice for Peace Caravan is in Montreal for a court appeal, then on to Ottawa to deliver petition. No 1773 Posted by fw, September 12, 2016

On climate change, Team Trudeau reneges on Real Change promises, tilts to oil and gas ruling elite Recent interviews with Minister McKenna have deteriorated into avoidance, obfuscation and outright nonsense. No 1771 Posted by fw, September 10, 2016

Trudeau preaches globalization, trade, economic growth at G20, a sure-fire neoliberal recipe for disaster “So long as making more money is the goal of our economic system, capitalist destruction will continue”, counters Canadian ecosocialist. No 1765 Posted by fw, September 4, 2016

Recent reports claim that economic growth can continue without emission increases. Don’t believe it. Critical analyses of these reports reveal the claims unproven, but Trudeau/Obama ignore the evidence and gamble with our ecological safety. No 1757 Posted by fw, August 24, 2016

Trudeau’s broken promise to re-do the Kinder-Morgan pipeline review process squanders public trust “In what seems like a bad dream, communities are once again being silenced,” says Will Horter. No 1743 Posted by fw, August 6, 2016

Trudeau leaving a trail of broken promises and misguided policy, say critics Promises scorecard: Made 219; Broken 18; Fulfilled 32; In progress 63; Waiting to be started 106. No 1739 Posted by fw, July 31, 2016

Trudeau Liberals do not have a serious plan on climate change Trudeau’s “climate plan” suffers from a bad dose of low credibility, contradictions and manipulation. No 1683 Posted by fw, May 26. 2016

Join Canadians calling on PM Trudeau and Minister Carr to reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline This pipeline will be built — unless the PM and his MPs hear a broad public outcry from people across Canada. No 1677 Posted by fw, May 19, 2016

Trudeau was “absolutely opposed” to the Northern Gateway pipeline — until he wasn’t Alberta Premier Notley, meanwhile, games pipeline politics hoping to get two out of three. No 1658 Posted by fw, May 1, 2016

Will PM Trudeau’s and BC premier Clark’s energy policies put us all at grave risk of climate change impacts? Harvard prof thinks so – Naomi Oreskes called their positions dangerously “wishful thinking.” No 1635 Posted by fw, April 7, 2016

Trudeau breaks promise, BC community blasts federal minister’s rush to approve LNG project “Your rushed decision at best is uneducated and at worst grossly negligent.” No 1628 Posted by fw, March 29, 2016

Trudeau says Canada needs more pipelines to fund our transition to a green future. Really? Does he really think Canadians are so gullible that we’re going to believe him just because he says it’s so? Let’s see the evidence, Mr. T. No 1607 Posted by fw, March 03, 2016

Can a letter to PM Trudeau from coalition of 55 groups spark decisive, positive action on climate change? Coalition lays out six bold policy initiatives, including a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 No 1603 Posted by fw, February 27, 2016

Trudeau breaks promise for complete overhaul of the National Energy Board review process “Instead of keeping his promise to the people, he’s taking a stand that seems much more appealing to big polluters.” No 1573 Posted by fw, January 22, 2016

350.org goes after Team Trudeau for proceeding with review of Kinder Morgan pipeline Calls on supporters to join an action to demand an immediate stop to these reviews, starting on January 18. No 1564 Posted by fw, January 13, 2016

“Real change promised by Trudeau and his Liberals will prove to be entirely superficial” Liberals will implement the agenda of big business No 1500 Posted by fw, November 5, 2015

Harper’s out. Trudeau’s in. So why aren’t Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis breathing more easily? Trudeau appears to side with most Paris-bound leaders — saying yes to more renewables, but not saying “no” to new fossil fuel projects. No 1492 Posted by fw, October 27, 2015

When it comes to the climate, Prime Minister elect Trudeau has failed to distinguish himself “He won’t take the kind of bold action we need and hold campaign promises unless the climate movement forces him to,” says Cam Fenton, 350.org. No 1484 Posted by fw, October 20, 2015

“Trudeau and his Liberals will use their majority to enforce the dictates of the capitalist elite” And the “Harper lite” NDP got what it deserved – an electoral debacle No 1483 Posted by fw, October 20, 2015

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