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So what has the rest of the world promised to do about climate change?

April 22, 2021

CSSN Scholar Jessica F. Green quoted in The Guardian on the limitations of carbon pricing, and what measures are needed to address climate change.

“The trend is very clear: we’re still on track to miss our Paris pledge by quite a lot,” said Jessica Green, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto who specialises in climate governance. “We just don’t see what the interim steps are that will put us on the path to meet those targets.” […]

A recent court victory has received hopes for a nationwide carbon tax, which the government plans to raise to $170/tonne by 2030. But Green cautions the fight will probably be “politically difficult”, and one that might not be as effective as other policy measures, including electrifying parts of the country’s power grid that remain reliant on fossil fuels, making public transit free – and shutting down the tar sands.

Unlike many other industrialised nations, Canada has never met any of its emissions reduction targets – a custom the governing Liberals promised to end.

“I think that there’s kind of more openness to this idea that the government needs to really intervene more strongly,” said Green.