Canada’s Major Banks Continue to Profit from Climate Disaster

For The Real News, I speak with Alex Speers-Roesch of Greenpeace Canada about two major fossil fuels divestment initiatives announced within the past few days.

The World Bank just announced that it will divest from fossil fuels exploration and extraction, while AXA, the world’s third largest insurer, has announced that it will divest from coal, tar sands and tar sands pipelines.

As Alex explains, however, all of Canada’s major banks remain invested in the tar sands, with Toronto-Dominion Bank being the worst offender.

My discussion with Alex can be seen here:

Cities vs. Climate Change: Are Cities Prepared to Handle the New Normal of More Extreme Weather?

For the Real News, I speak with Jeff Schlegelmilch of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

As Jeff explains, national, regional and local governments have a great deal of work to do to ensure that our homes and infrastructure are sufficiently resilient to withstand the new normal of a warmer climate.

My discussion with Jeff can be seen here:

Dangerous Climate Change is Here and Worse is to Come, Report Warns

For The Real News, I speak to Dr. Radley Horton, a professor of climate science at Columbia University and a co-author of a new, congressionally mandated report on climate change.

As Dr. Horton explains, humanity has now pumped so much CO2 into the atmosphere that a temperature increase exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels is virtually inevitable.

Moreover, if CO2 emissions remain flat, we must achieve a zero carbon economy within 25 years in order to avoid a temperature increase in excess of 2 degrees celsius.

My discussion with Dr. Horton can be seen here:


Keystone XL: The ‘Zombie Pipeline’ That Refuses to Die

For the Real News, I talk to indigenous rights activist Dallas Goldtooth about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. As Dallas explains, despite Donald Trump’s support for Keystone XL, there are many ways in which this ‘Zombie pipeline’ might finally be finished off by the environmental movement.

My interview of Dallas Goldtooth can be seen here:

Young Activists Crash Press Conference to Confront Justin Trudeau on Climate Policy

On November 15, 2017, Hayley Zacks and Jake Hubley, two young climate campaigners from Vancouver, peacefully approached Justin Trudeau at a press conference and were promptly arrested. Their offence was daring to tell the Prime Minister that, after voting for him in 2015, they felt betrayed by his pro-tar sands policies. As the two campaigners were removed from the press conference, Trudeau complimented them for their climate activism.

For The Real News, I talk to Hayley and Jake about their arrest and their reasons for deciding to oppose Justin Trudeau’s climate policies. The interview can be seen here:

Is Canada a Rogue Nation on Climate Change?

For the Real News, I speak with Dave Bleakney, 2nd National Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who is attending the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany.

As Dave explains, not only is the Trudeau government’s conduct at COP23 fundamentally inconsistent with its rhetoric on climate change, but the entire climate conference is failing to address the core problem that has generated the climate crisis. The core problem is an economic system that is founded upon endless consumption and greed.

My interview of David can be seen here:


Is Carbon Trading Just a License to Pollute?

For The Real News, I speak with Scott Edwards, co-director of the climate and energy policy team at Food & Water Watch, about a new report which shows that carbon trading schemes are ineffective and cause environmental injustice.

Scott explains that California’s much-vaunted carbon-trading regime has not resulted in a reduction in carbon pollution. This should be of particular concern to residents of Quebec and Ontario, whose governments have joined California’s carbon-trading regime and who invoke their participation in that regime as proof that they are taking strong action to address the climate crisis.

My interview with Scott can be seen here: