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Available Expert - Queen’s expert speaks to Quebec’s ban on fossil fuel exploration

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Queen’s expert and Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment, Kyla Tienhaara (Environmental Studies) is available to speak about the recent announcement by Quebec’s Premier that the province is renouncing the extraction of hydrocarbons on its territory.

This announcement comes ahead of the COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, which starts at the end of the month. Some environmental groups and activists view this as an important step toward reducing fossil fuel production.

“Climate change won’t be solved through demand-side policies (like carbon taxes) alone– we also have to address supply. The International Energy Agency has made it clear that any new investments in fossil fuels are inconsistent with a 1.5°C pathway, but governments aren’t listening. The latest UN Production Gap Report shows that the world’s governments plan to produce more than two times as much fossil fuels in 2030 as would be consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C. In banning further oil and gas extraction, Quebec has shown exactly the kind of leadership we need to see in the run-up to the global climate talks commencing at the end of the month in Glasgow,” says Dr. Tienhaara.

To arrange an interview, please contact Media Relations Officer Victoria Klassen (Victoria.klassen@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.   

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