Hannah McKinnon

Hannah McKinnon

Hannah McKinnon a climate activist and contributing writer for Oil Change International. Follow her on Twitter: @mckinnon_hannah

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"We cannot continue to allow governments and industry to expand and finance new fossil fuel production that only digs us deeper into the hole we are trying to get out of." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
When You Are In a Hole…
Today, a pair of declarations representing close to 500 organizations and 140 leading economists respectively were submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) calling on countries and the process to address fossil fuel production and financing as a critical way...
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"It is important to note that while this is a big move, it needs to kick off a series of actions that see an end to onshore licenses, and a plan to manage the decline of existing production." (Photo: Michael N/Pacific/BarcroftImages) Views
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Ready, Set, Go!
New Zealand joined a growing list of countries yesterday in announcing an end to fossil fuel exploration for the sake of the climate: Costa Rica, Ireland, France, and Belize are all working on plans to manage the decline of fossil fuel production, and there is little doubt that this is just the...
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Fossil fuel extraction has impacted tens of thousands of communities around the world, and more often than not, it is marginalized populations that bear the brunt of the impacts of living and working on the frontlines of the fossil fuel economy Views
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us. So What’s The Plan?
It is clear that the end of the fossil fuel era is on the horizon. Between plummeting renewable energy costs, uncharted electric vehicle growth, government commitments to decarbonization enshrined in the Paris agreement, and a growing list of fossil fuel project cancellations in the face of massive...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
A Nobel Appeal to Norway
Five Nobel Peace Laureates have called on Norwegian Prime Ministerial candidates to declare their intent to put an end to fossil fuel exploration and expansion. The letter , sent in advance of the country’s national elections in mid-September, is an appeal for climate leadership. "If Norway can’t...
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Friday, June 30, 2017
Reality Check: The End of Growth in the Tar Sands. So Now What?
A managed decline of the tar sands isn’t a popular idea in Alberta, or in Canada for that matter. The idea of sunsetting the tar sands industry is about as polarizing as it gets. The problem is that people have been led to believe that a managed decline undercuts a booming oil industry that is on...
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Losing Friends Fast: B.C. Government Officially Opposes Kinder Morgan’s Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion
Yesterday the Government of British Columbia announced that it was officially opposing the expansion of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain tar sands pipeline. The province pointed to the company’s failure to provide enough information to satisfy all 5 of the conditions that the government had laid out...
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Lockdown: the End of Growth in the Tar Sands
Just a few days ago, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest hurricane ever measured as it made landfall on the western coast of Mexico. It hit as we approach the end of another year that is expected to break last year’s record as the hottest year of recorded temperatures. Climate change is here...
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
High Stakes – Cleaning Up After Harper
Canadians couldn’t have been much clearer on Monday when they hit the polls in numbers that haven’t been see for decades: The Harper era is history after some ten years of Conservative rule led by outgoing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. Elected with a decisive majority, Justin Trudeau and the...
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Monday, September 28, 2015
What Went Right? Why Shell Lost Its Bet in the Arctic
Royal Dutch Shell announced this morning that it would be abandoning its exploration program in the U.S. offshore Arctic for the “foreseeable future” (see our response here ). After more than 7 billion dollars and many seasons of almost unbelievable mishaps – Shell made the call along with an...
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Monday, August 31, 2015
Mixed Messages: President Obama’s Alaskan Climate Trip
On Monday, President Obama and Secretary Kerry are going to Alaska . Their main goal (as we talked about here ) is to see the front lines of climate change first hand. Yet at the same time, in the same region, Royal Dutch Shell is now powering ahead with its newly approved summer 2015 drilling...
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