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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Anticosti, the SEA, and Profitability

Late last month a governmental study was released, ordered by the Quebec’s strategic environmental assessment (SEA) on Anticosti. It attempts to estimate the profitability of oil and gas drilling on Anticosti Island despite there being no proof at the moment that there are enough fossil fuels in the area. Since…
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Pipeline politics and the 2015 election

In early 2012, then Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver dropped a bombshell on BC. He asserted that Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline was in the national interest, but, he warned, “environmental and other radical groups” were undermining this effort to diversify Canada’s export markets. If anything, Oliver’s letter only inflamed…
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