Disinformation, extremism make climate action tougher than it should be: McKenna

Read the full story at The Energy Mix.

With the last vestiges of a three-week occupation gradually clearing out of downtown Ottawa, and at least one key convoy organizer showing up in court wearing an “I [heart] Oil and Gas” hoodie, a former federal environment minister is pointing to parallels between two of the urgent, science-based issues the country faces—the pandemic and the climate emergency.

“On the negative side, we’re seeing the role of disinformation. We see it on climate. We’ve seen it about vaccines,” said Catherine McKenna, who served as environment and climate minister from 2015 to 2019 and took waves of vitriolic abuse for her efforts.

“Folks may be wondering why I’m tweeting up a storm about what’s going on in Ottawa,” she told The Energy Mix in an interview last week. “It’s because I worry about democracy. We’re not going to get climate action unless we have a government that represents the people who are demanding that action.”

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