Ecojustice Case – Climate change Case Status: Closed

Fighting to advance an honest conversation about climate change

Ecojustice lawyer Charles HattCharles HattEcojustice Alumni
We helped six prominent Canadians call on the Commissioner of Competition to investigate false representations made by climate change denier groups.
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We helped six prominent Canadians call on the Commissioner of Competition to investigate false representations made by climate change denier groups.

The debate is over about whether or not climate change is real, there is undeniable evidence from around the world that points to the fact that climate change is happening now. And the majority of scientists who study climate change agree that human activity is responsible for the changing climate.

Despite the overwhelming amount of established scientific consensus that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity, there are a few critics claiming otherwise. They are known as climate change deniers. Groups, such as Friends of Science, pollute the public square with falsehoods and junk science, and undermine our ability to have an honest conversation about possible solutions to slow climate change, like transitioning to a clean energy future.

That’s why in December 2015 we helped six prominent Canadians call on Canada’s Commissioner of Competition to investigate false and misleading representations made by denier groups in contravention of the Competition Act.

In June 2016, the Competition Bureau launched an investigation and took the first step toward accountability for those who would misrepresent climate science to promote business interests.

Why did Ecojustice get involved?

Canada needs to be able to have an honest conversation about how it plans to address climate change and transition to a clean energy future. This conversation is undermined when climate change denier groups, powered by special interests, pollute the public square with falsehoods and junk science for the purpose of promoting business interests.

We believe that by clearing the air and removing falsehoods about climate change, that conversation can happen.

What does outcome mean?

In July 2017, the Commissioner of Competition’s decision to discontinue the inquiry into climate science misrepresentations in Canada.

The urgency of transitioning to a new, cleaner energy future demands that our public conversation be based on the weight of scientific evidence, not falsehoods and junk-science. And the fact remains that the confusion these climate change denier groups sow about the causes and severe consequences of climate change makes it difficult to have necessary and meaningful conversations about how Canada can accelerate that transition.

We will continue to do our part to fight for honest conversations about climate science and policy that keep Canada moving forward.

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