Setting it straight on carbon taxes
A recent opinion column on carbon taxes published by the CBC initially left me, and I suspect many others, somewhat confused. There are a number of dubious claims, and I hope this response can clear some of them up. A major point of the article is that Canada’s carbon taxes will not actually reduce emissionsRead More
PODCAST | What the West? 007: NEB: What is it good for?
Pipelines are controversial. In fact, it seems any type of infrastructure is controversial – especially in the energy world. From pipelines to wind turbines – nearly no one wants these things built near them and many people don’t want them built at all. At the same time, for many others these projects represent their livelihoods.Read More
PODCAST | What the West? 005: 8 for 2018
Subscribe | (iTunes) | Google Play | Stitcher | Pocket Casts Download | Episode 005: 8 for 2018 Welcome to 2018. The eggnog has gone stale, the trees have been composted or burned for warmth. And our thoughts can now turn to the future. Will this year be as tumultuous as 2017? Will North American trade cease?Read More
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 byRead More
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. AndRead More
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 onRead More