Pallister government steps forward, but not far enough, with Manitoba climate plan

Last week, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister unveiled his government’s Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan that lays out how the province will reduce climate changing emissions over the next five years, including a price on carbon. The plan is a big step in the right direction for a province that fought against a federally imposed price

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Sustainable, affordable and reliable: Envisioning Canada’s energy future

In April, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr launched Generation Energy – a six-month cross-country dialogue on Canada’s energy future. The dialogue concludes this week in Winnipeg, Man. with a national symposium attended by stakeholders from across the country. From there, the government will use the input to craft an “approach focused on how the federal

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How to enforce the oilsands emissions limit – command and control or market-based mechanisms?

On June 16th, the Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) publicly released its report providing advice to the Alberta Government on implementing the oilsands emissions limit. Part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the oilsands emission limit restricts greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the oilsands sector to 100 megatonnes (MT). The report’s recommendations can be grouped broadly

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Getting from here to there, is 100 per cent renewable energy the only answer to our climate goals?

Can we meet all our energy needs with renewable sources by mid-century? The answer is most assuredly yes; anything is possible with unlimited resources. But the key question is always at what cost? Some research suggests a 100 per cent renewable future is achievable at reasonable cost. In a high-profile 2015 study, researchers led by

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Indigenous support for energy projects tells the other side of the story

This week, indigenous leaders from both sides of the Canada – U.S. border gathered in Calgary to sign a declaration of opposition against the Keystone XL pipeline. Indigenous support for many energy projects Our job at the Canada West Foundation is to be as objective as possible, to rely on the best evidence available. And

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New infrastructure bank could finance western electricity grid

When the federal budget passes, it will create a new Crown corporation – the Canadian Infrastructure Bank. While the merits of this new institution are still up for debate, it could be just the thing to turn the concept of a western electricity grid for hydroelectricity into reality. The bank will focus its investments on

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