It is a political time. Between the shenanigans down south and our Canadian federal election, politics dominates the news, and
This all spills over onto our climate work. Government projects can be hard to find when folks see letting a contract on a climate issue as a political statement.
But beyond that, we see climate as a top of mind political issue, with sides drawing up, based on party affiliation. And it is more hotly debated than I have seen in over twenty-five years, and everyone is an expert, perhaps except the experts.
Climate change is not a policy argument. It has no political leaning. It doesn’t care if you are a liberal or a conservative, any more than gravity cares.
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Joel is an engineer and risk management specialist with over forty years of professional practice.