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Canada needs to embrace its fossil-free energy future

Sometimes a short-term “low” carbon solution becomes a long-term barrier to “zero” carbon. Let's keep our eye on the prize

Laura Tozer is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto.

Canada is experiencing the whiplash of having our neighbour and largest trading partner go from zero to a hundred on climate action in the space of weeks with U.S President Biden signing numerous executive orders on climate change as soon as he took office. Suddenly our net-zero pledge, so touted just months ago, looks pedestrian rather than aggressive. We’re lagging again.

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