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Transition to Clean Economy, Create Clean, Low-carbon Jobs

New Report: Protect the climate, save money, and create Jobs

October 29th 2015

Report: "The Clean Energy Future: Protecting the Climate, Creating Jobs and Saving Money" shows that the United States can reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 — while adding half-a-million jobs and saving Americans billions of dollars on their electrical, heating, and transportation costs. Joe Uehlein of the Labor Network for Sustainability says, “This report is good news for American workers. Protecting the climate has often been portrayed as a threat to American workers’ jobs and the U.S. economy. But this report shows that a clean energy future will produce more jobs than “business as usual” with fossil fuels.”

Stop the Expansion

Lockdown: The end of growth in the tar sands


Hannah McKinnon, Greg Muttitt and Lorne Stockman | Oil Change International - October 28th 2015

Report: The pipelines exporting tar sands out of Alberta are almost full, according to new analysis by Oil Change International. Without the construction of major pipelines, such as Energy East, Kinder Morgan or Keystone XL, there will be no room for further growth in tar sands extraction and tens of billions of metric tonnes of carbon will be kept in the ground. This would be a significant step towards a safer climate.

Climate Impacts, Transition to Clean Economy

Canadian Climate Policy Report Card: 2015


Marc Jaccard | Simon Fraser University - October 8th 2015

Report: In this 2015 climate policy report card, I evaluate the Canadian government’s emission commitments and policy actions. In the nine years since its promise to reduce Canadian emissions 20% by 2020 and 65% by 2050, the Canadian government has implemented virtually no polices that would materially reduce emissions. The 2020 target is now unachievable without great harm to the Canadian economy. And this may also be the case for the 2050 target, which would require an almost complete transformation of the Canadian energy system in the remaining 35 years.

Jobs & Economy

Tracking the Energy Revolution — Canada 2015


September 18th 2015

Report: A new Clean Energy Canada report offers federal candidates and constituents plenty of good news to contrast the turmoil underway in the nation’s oil and gas markets. Last year, the nation’s clean energy sector continued its steady climb, and generated unprecedented investment and new jobs.

Climate Impacts, Canadian Election

Environmental Defence ranks Canadian political parties’ climate policies

September 4th 2015

Report: Will Canada Step Up to be a Climate Leader or Continue as Climate Laggard? A comparison of federal parties’ positions on climate change, lays out the party positions on four main issues: The post-2020 carbon emission reduction targets; The main mechanism for reaching that target; Whether emissions from Canada’s fastest growing source of carbon pollution – the tar sands – will be addressed; Whether parties have committed to assisting poor, developing countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Create Clean, Low-carbon Jobs

Report Card: Canada’s Policy Support for Clean Technology Exports

Penelope Comette, Maximilian Kniewasser and Patricia Lightburn | Pembina Institute - July 30th 2015

Report: Canadian cleantech exports currently represent over one per cent of this $1 trillion global industry, and the percentage of Canadian cleantech companies that are exporters is projected to grow from 68 per cent in 2013 to 85 per cent in 2015. The U.S. in particular represents a significant market for Canadian cleantech exports with 50 per cent of current export sales coming from U.S. markets. This report card is a scan of the policies and programs in place at both the federal and provincial level in Canada that support cleantech companies in their pursuit of export opportunities.

Energy East

Statement from Environmental Defence’s Adam Scott on comments from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

Adam Scott | Environmental Defence - July 14th 2015

Report: Environmental Defence has issued a response to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's recent comments in support of the Energy East tar sands pipeline. Not only would the pipeline undermine Ontario's efforts to become a climate action leader in Canada, but it would bring negligible economic benefits to the province to compensate for the very real risk of a spill.