Previewing Canada’s climate action plan

It’s been six months since First Ministers unveiled the Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth and Climate Change. At the time, the Declaration was somewhat of a disappointment: no new national greenhouse gas reduction target; no consensus on carbon pricing; and a parallel push for pipelines (for a review and analysis, see this…
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Retrait accéléré des wagons-citernes par Transports Canada : une réalité loin du compte

À la fin du mois de juillet, le ministre des Transports Marc Garneau a annoncé que le Canada accélérerait le retrait des wagons-citernes de la catégorie dont l’explosion au Lac-Mégantic en juillet 2013 a coûté la vie à 47 personnes. Plutôt que d’attendre 2018, comme aux États-Unis, le ministre a annoncé aux médias…
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Four ways the Fraser Institute is wrong about the need for new export pipelines to tidewater

The Fraser Institute’s new report, The Costs of Pipeline Obstructionism, claims that lack of new export pipelines to tidewater is costing Canada $2.02–$6.4 billion dollars per year (depending on the assumed oil price). The authors offer the following table, based on exports via the proposed Energy East pipeline, as evidence…
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Pipelines vs Paris: Canada’s climate conundrum

The push for new pipelines to bring Alberta bitumen to “tidewater” is on, even as the ink is barely dry on the Paris Agreement, and its call to action on climate change. Alberta Premier Notley argues that “We’re not making a choice between the environment and the economy. We are building the economy.”…
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A carbon tax comes to Alberta

Alberta’s 2016 Budget presents its plan to price carbon, in two parts: a new Carbon Levy applied to transportation and heating fuel, at $20 per tonne of CO2 (4.5 cents per litre at the pump) starting January 2017, rising to $30 (6.7 cents per litre) in 2018; and, changes to…
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The Green Fund: funding polluters

Since the beginning of the new year, Quebec’s departments of Environment and Transportation have demonstrated that their management of the province’s Green Fund is opaque and characterized by improvisation. The ever more apparent lack of economic and environmental vision is striking. The Green Fund, like the Generations Fund, is a crafty…
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