Business Law, Corporate Law, Trans Mountain Pipeline, Climate Change, Environmental Law
Canada has long been a climate change policy laggard. Canada is among the world’s poorest-performing countries in terms of climate action—not only is Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions-reduction target under the Paris Agreement insufficiently ambitious, Canada is not even remotely on track to meet it. Canada’s enduring inaction on climate change is legitimized and sustained by its mainstream corporate news media, which contribute to the oil and gas industry’s capture of Canadian climate and energy policy. In this article, I examine how Canada’s leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, editorially framed the completion of the controversial expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline as being in the “public interest.” The Globe and Mail’s editorial coverage of the Trans Mountain pipeline (among others) is a case study of how corporate new media promote the production and export of fossil fuels at the expense of effective, science-based climate law and policy.
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Jason MacLean, "Manufacturing Consent to Climate Inaction: A Case Study of The Globe and Mail ’s Pipeline Coverage" (2019) 42:2 Dal LJ 283.