Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has another crisis on his hands and once again his administration seems to be ciding with oil and gas. His political legacy is on the line once more.
“It’s not surprising that Kinder Morgan – successor to fraud-plagued Enron – wants to unload this boondoggle onto taxpayers. What’s surprising and disappointing is that Canada fell for it.”
Today, an open letter signed by 236 international civil society organizations in 44 countries called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop backing the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline project and begin planning for a managed decline of fossil fuel production.
The contrast could not have been greater. Over the weekend, speaking on the eve of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, history was made as President Obama and Chinese President, Xi Jinping, announced that the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases would formally ratify the Paris agreement on climate change.
Often the way a state reacts to those protesting against it tells you a great deal about its moral fabric and values.