Political institutions and supply-side climate politics: Lessons from coal ports in Canada and the United States


Kathy Harrison. “Political Institutions and Supply-Side Climate Politics: Lessons from Coal Ports in Canada and the United States.” Global Environmental Politics. 20. 4. (2020): 51-72.

This article investigates conditions for success of anti-fossil-fuel activism by comparing the fate of two proposed coal terminals on either side of the Canada-US border. The article seeks to explain why the project on the Canadian side was initially approved but then had its permit withdrawn, while the US project was initially rejected. The differences can be attributed to institutional differences in environmental assessment regimes and opportunities for local government and Indigenous vetoes.