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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, Energy East

Energy East: A threat to our climate

September 17th 2015

Visual: The planned Energy East pipeline threatens to lock us into decades of soaring emissions from expanding the tar sands. It would lead to emissions that equal adding 7 million cars to Canada's roads.

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.

Alberta Clipper

#MidwestUnrest Highlights

September 2nd 2015

Visual: Last week, 20 youth and allies were arrested in front of John Kerry's home in Georgetown demanding he stop Enbridge's illegal tar sands scandal and put a halt to the expansion of Alberta Clipper. It was an incredible day. Here’s a video showing the highlights.

Spills and Leaks

A massive oil pipeline under the Great Lakes is way past its expiration date

August 11th 2015

Visual: The Straits of Mackinac connect Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, and divide Michigan’s lower peninsula from its upper peninsula. But the gorgeous blue expanse of this part of the Great Lakes region is threatened by a danger lurking just beneath its surface: two degrading oil pipelines. Motherboard correspondent Spencer Chumbley went to Michigan to investigate the situation, and the research is alarming. If just one of the pipelines ruptured, it would result in a spill of 1.5 million gallons of oil.

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.