Hannah McKinnon

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

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Its 2020 and the time is up on providing cover for Big Oil, Gas, and Coal. (Photo: Union of Concerned Scientists) Views
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
"Grand Coalitions" With Big Oil and Gas Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis
Over the course of the last year and a half, we have been pushing the International Energy Agency (IEA) to stop giving cover to the oil and gas industry and model a fossil fuel phase-out that’s fully in line with our climate goals. As the world’s foremost energy modeller, their scenarios – most...
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The IEA has a mandate “to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy.” (Photo: Electrek) Views
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Business Leaders, Investors, and Experts to IEA: Align With Paris and Help Us Plan for Success
In order to succeed, we need the best tools at our disposal. We need to understand whether decisions will lead to success or failure, and we need policymakers and investors to have access to that information. Remarkably, almost all energy decision-making is based on assumptions that we will fail in...
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Smog blankets Santiago, Chile, in June. A U.N. report warns that even a 1.5-degree C increase in global temperatures will cause serious changes to weather, sea levels, agriculture and natural eco-systems. (Cllaudio Reyes / AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 08, 2018
Breaking the 2 Degree Habit: Why 1.5 Is Critical
In a landmark special report , the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the world’s foremost climate science body), has today confirmed the urgency and importance of keeping us to a 1.5 degrees warming. At around 1 degree of warming, the world is already experiencing the devastating impacts...
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"We urgently need a comprehensive approach to the problem." (Image: Food & Water Watch) Views
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
As California Burns, Nobel Peace Laureates Call on Governor Brown to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Production
As wildfires devastate regions of California, the impacts of climate change couldn’t be hitting much closer to home for Governor Jerry Brown while he gears up to host the Global Climate Action Summit in September. While the Governor has been a long-time champion of ambitious and innovative...
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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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