Chris McDermott is a professional in climate change policy, finance and implementation. From 1998 to 2006 he was Canada’s lead negotiator on the Kyoto Protocol’s rules for carbon trading. From 2007 to 2015 he managed the carbon trading, renewable energy, and New York State natural gas businesses for Manhattan investment firm, Hartz Capital, Inc.. He is currently a business development advisor to Solar Energy Systems, LLC, New York City’s oldest solar development company. He has an economics degree from McGill University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Carleton University.
With climate change poised to be a central issue in this fall’s Canadian federal election, it's time to take an unvarnished look at the winners and losers during the past four years of Liberal party reign.
Chris McDermott, one of Canada's early climate change negotiators, says it's time to ask: At what point do we decide that a carbon tax is too politically toxic to pursue further and start talking about alternatives?