Some Like It Cold plunges headlong into the political conundrum of Canada’s climatechange debate. Focusing on the past responses of both Liberal and Conservative governmentsto the looming crisis—ranging from negligence to complicity and connivance—Paehlke illuminatesthe issues surrounding compliance with global regulations such as Kyoto, includingthe dilemma of tar sands development. But he also lays out crucial political steps that could, if taken, lead towards a solution. While he presents a potentially positive projection for the future, Paehlke is not afraid topoint a finger at Canada’s fractured and flawed democracy—demonstrating that the country’sambivalence is our biggest hindrance to joining the international quest to move forward onthis unparalleled global challenge.
About the author
ROBERT C. PAEHLKE is a professor emeritus of Environmental and Resource Studies and Political Science at Trent University in Peterborough. The founding editor of the journal Alternatives: Canadian Ideas and Action, Paehlke is the author of Democracy’s Dilemma, Conservation and Environmentalism, and Environmentalism and the Future of Progressive Politics.