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State legislators are pushing for laws that would make fossil fuel companies financially responsible for climate change-related disasters.

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Canada's fossil fuel dilemma contrasts with climate goals, report reveals

Canada ranks with leading fossil fuel producers set to exceed oil and gas extraction limits, challenging global warming targets, a fresh analysis indicates.

Benjamin Shingler reports for the CBC.


In short:

  • UN-backed study shows Canada's oil and gas output at odds with 1.5 C warming limit.
  • Despite the Paris Agreement, fossil fuel production is set to double by 2030.
  • Calls are intensifying for investment in clean energy and reduced fossil fuel reliance.

Key quote:

"We find that many governments are promoting fossil gas as an essential 'transition' fuel but with no apparent plans to transition away from it later."

— Ploy Achakulwisut, Stockholm Environment Institute

Why this matters:

The report highlights a stark contrast between climate aspirations and fossil fuel realities, with health and environmental stakes climbing. It's a national issue with global echoes, emphasizing the urgent need for energy policy shifts.

EHN has reported previous findings that fossil fuels represent a two-pronged attack on the health of children; reducing their use would provide significant economic and health benefits.

Question for the reader:

How should industrialized nations balance economic interests in fossil fuels with its climate commitments?

AI-based tools helped produce this text, with human oversight and editing.

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