Blog Post: Canada’s new climate commitment ranks as “inadequate” under Climate Action Tracker’s methodology. Canada proposes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels in 2030. Without including forestry, Canada’s emissions are projected to increase on 2005 levels by 1% and 8% in 2020 and 2030, respectively. “It’s clear Canada is not serious about climate action. Without any new policies in place, its emissions are expected to balloon through to 2030, with the tar sands taking up a significant proportion. It is difficult to fathom how Canada will achieve both its 2020 pledge and its 2030 INDC,” said Bill Hare of Climate Analytics.
Blog Post: Bureaucrats don’t get a lot of thanks, but I’d like to extend mine to those true public servants who blew the whistle on document shredding at Alberta’s environment ministry. As a result, Alberta’s independent government watchdogs announced a joint investigation into the whistleblowers’ allegations that government documents were improperly destroyed within Alberta’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resources Development. The PC government forgot that those documents belong to the people of Alberta, not their party. That kind of arrogance is why they lost.
Blog Post: On May 18, the University of Oxford confirmed it is excluding companies involved in the extraction of coal and tar-sands from its direct investments on ethical grounds. University Court passed policy that states that it will also "avoid future investments" in coal and tar sands, but failed to agree to disclose its investments publicly. Students, academics and alumni are celebrating this victory after campaigning for the university and its colleges to divest from the fossil fuel industry for over a year.
Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, the shocking victory of the NDP in the Alberta election has created uncertainty over the future of tar sands development, U.S. climate policy exposes Ottawa’s hypocrisy, and two of the biggest religious institutions in the world have joined the fight against fossil fuels and global warming.
Blog Post: Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) gained a majority government in the Alberta election sweeping out the Progressive Conservative party that has been in power for over 40 years. While it is too early to tell what the election means for the future of Canada's oil sector, it opens a real possibility that Alberta will join other provinces like British Columbia and Ontario to help Canada meet international climate commitments.
Blog Post: Last night, the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was dealt a major blow as voters in Alberta, home to Canada’s massive reserves of dirty, carbon-heavy tar sands, ousted leaders from the Progressive Conservative party in favor of the more left-leaning New Democratic Party. Supporters of Keystone XL have long downplayed the environmental impact of the pipeline by arguing that development of the tar sands is inevitable, but last night’s election results are a major blow to the pipeline’s prospects.
Blog Post: One might think that curbing carbon emissions would be a key topic during an election in the province which emits more carbon emissions than any other jurisdiction in Canada. Carbon emission is, after all, an inherently political topic these days both at home and abroad. However, it is the absence of debate on how Alberta should address carbon emissions that is one of the more defining features of the 2015 Alberta election.
Blog Post: The Pembina Institute’s new interactive B.C. Clean Energy Jobs Map quantifies the number of jobs in the clean energy sector and pinpoints where renewable energy projects are located in the province. British Columbia has one of the most robust clean energy sectors in Canada, employing people in the province’s largest cities to its most remote communities, including many First Nations.