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Canada Makes Big Decisions to Further Strengthen its Commitment to Nuclear Power

February 8, 2016 by Milton Caplan

Canada Nuclear Policy

When we think about nuclear power around the world these days, two things come to mind – the rapid growth in Asia led by China fueling the industry forward, and the challenges facing the industry in the west with some plants closing early in the USA and new build projects in Europe being delayed.[read more]

After Paris, It's Time for Canada to Finally Join IRENA

January 14, 2016 by Tyler Hamilton

IRENA is the International Renewable Energy Agency, a UN-affiliated organization established in 2009 to promote awareness and growth of renewable energy technologies on the global stage. It’s a kind of counter-balance to existing agencies that have long represented the fossil fuel and nuclear industries. The idea for IRENA goes as far back as 1981, but it took a quarter century to get the political traction it needed.[read more]

Mending the Burst Canadian Energy Bubble

January 6, 2016 by Jim Baird
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Canada Energy Bubble

A recurring Alberta theme the past decade, in some circles, albeit for the most part seen as little more than a public relations exercise, has been the oil sands as revenue stream for Canada’s transition from petrostate to “green energy superpower”.[read more]

Alberta's New Climate Plan: Can Alberta Be a Model for Texas?

November 27, 2015 by James Coleman
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Alberta and Texas and Planning for the Climate

On Monday, Premier Rachel Notley announced Alberta’s new climate plan, which is supported by a detailed report from a panel of experts. The centerpiece of the plan is a $30/tonne price on carbon emissions in Alberta that is implemented through a modified tax dubbed a “carbon competitiveness regulation.”[read more]

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Canada Makes Power Moves to Decarbonize its Grid

November 24, 2015 by Jarret Adams
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Canada and Updating the Grid

The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced November 23 it had banned coal-fired power generation “a first in North America and a significant step in the fight against climate change,” according to a press release.[read more]

As Total U.S. Crude Oil Imports Fall, Canada's Import Supply Share Rises

November 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Canada and Crude Oil Imports

Although overall U.S. crude oil imports have been declining since 2005, crude oil imports from Canada have been increasing. As of August, Canada provided 45% of all crude oil imports to the United States, almost three times as much as all Persian Gulf countries combined.[read more]

Why Canada Gets an F Grade for its Action on Climate Change

October 26, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Canada and Climate Policy

Countries accounting for more than ninety percent of the world's emissions have announced new climate actions in preparation for the Paris agreement to be adopted this December. But not all of those climate action plans deserve a passing grade.[read more]

Canadian Climate Policy and Your Vote

October 19, 2015 by Mark Jaccard
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“Policy academics are cheap dates.” One of my mentors, professor Aiden Vining, loved saying that. His point was that we policy academics will gladly pay for our own dinner if we think that a politician, of any political stripe or shape, wants or needs our advice.[read more]

Canadian Climate Policy Report Card: 2015

October 12, 2015 by Mark Jaccard

Over the past three decades, governments in developed countries have made many commitments to reduce a specific quantity or percentage of greenhouse gases by a specific date, but often they have failed to implement effective climate policies that would achieve their commitment.[read more]

Canada Has a Big Climate Opportunity, but will Policy Makers Seize It?

October 7, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Canada Climate Opportunity

A new analysis out recently, Conducted by ICF International, shows Canada’s oil and gas sector can achieve substantial cuts in emissions of methane – a powerful pollutant and the primary ingredient in natural gas – using low-cost pollution controls.[read more]

Canada's New Energy Strategy Reveals Irreconcilable Rifts in Aspirations on Climate and Tar Sands

July 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Canada and Energy Policy Conflicts

Canada's provincial and territorial premiers have released a 'unified Canadian Energy Strategy' which reveals sharp divisions in the country's aspirations. The negotiations surrounding the strategy focused on using the document as a possible vehicle to obtain a national agreement on addressing climate change.[read more]

Is Canada on track to meet its climate promise? A preview of the country's upcoming international progress review

June 5, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch
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Oil Sands and Climate Targets

Canada is expected to miss its 2020 Copenhagen obligations by a wide margin -- mostly due to increased tar sands expansion. As of 2014, Canada is only expected to meet half of its Copenhagen pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

Canadian Hydropower can Help States Achieve Carbon-Cutting Goals

May 5, 2015 by Kyle Aarons
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Canadian Hydro and State Carbon Policies

About 10 percent of Canadian electricity, much of it generated from hydropower, is exported to the United States. With Canada expected to expand its hydropower capacity in coming years, could some states take advantage of this non-emitting resource to meet goals to reduce carbon emissions?[read more]

May Provinces (or States) Limit Imports on the Basis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Elsewhere?

April 20, 2015 by James Coleman
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Emissions, Imports, and Local Regulation

Recently Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission issued a report urging provinces to drive Canadian climate policy by adopting their own carbon pricing schemes. But the report barely touched on one of the key challenges for local regulation: what may places that price carbon due to avoid losing industry to places that don’t?[read more]

The Price of Energy: Canada's Challenge and Opportunity

April 8, 2015 by Jim Baird

Canada and Energy Prices

The current status quo in Canada places the country in the unique and almost incomprehensible position of potentially being a loser at both ends of fossil fuel/renewable energy tug of war. 75% of Canada’s petroleum reserves may have to be left in the ground.[read more]