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Climate change is the key issue in Canada's 2019 election

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19.02.2019

The upcoming federal election isn’t like others. It may be the most important of our lives.

Every ballot contest matters, but the consequences of getting it wrong in October would be devastating — at least where climate change is concerned. Our top priority in the remaining months of 2019 should be putting climate protection on all parties’ platforms.

The latest science suggests this issue has never been more urgent. An article in the January 2019 Scientific American argues the planet could warm 3.2 Celsius this century. That sounds slight, but the research says warming of more than 3 Celsius would be “catastrophic.”

Unfortunately, climate action is losing ground — in Ontario, of course, but also in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and, quite likely this spring, Alberta. Federal policies that ignore global warming could make an already worrying situation far worse.

We mustn’t erect new barriers to the widespread adoption of renewables. We can’t afford to expand fossil........

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