Tag Archives: Clean Energy Canada

BC’s Fossil Fuel Dreams May Be Over

By Roy L Hales

The final outcome of British Columbia’s election will not be known until absentee ballots are counted. Premier Christy Clark currently leads, with 43 seats as opposed to the NDP’s 41 and the Green party’s 3. Unless these results change, BC’s Fossil Fuel Dreams May Be Over.

Continue reading BC’s Fossil Fuel Dreams May Be Over

70% Of Canadians Want A Clean Energy Transition ASAP

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though  Donald Trump’s election casts a long shadow on energy matters, a new poll finds that it is making little impact on public opinion north of the border. Only 17% of the respondents think Canada should follow Trump’s lead and  stick with fossil fuels. “If anything, this survey suggests that the new U.S. leader’s position actually makes Canadians more inclined to support clean energy here at home,” said Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada. They perceive the future in terms of a low carbon economy and 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap.

Continue reading 70% Of Canadians Want A Clean Energy Transition ASAP

British Columbia Is Sabotaging Canada’s Climate Actions

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1British Columbia introduced its’ carbon tax on July 1, 2008. Though Premier Christy Clark’s only contribution was to freeze the rates in 2012, her government portrays itself as a climate leader. Most recently, our province received one of 13 ‘Momentum for Change’ awards handed out at COP 22. A new report shows that, far from being a climate leader, British Columbia is sabotaging Canada’s climate actions.

Continue reading British Columbia Is Sabotaging Canada’s Climate Actions

Poll Finds Canadians Expect Federal Action Against Emissions

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmWhat do the people of Canada think? The oil rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan want to build more pipelines to carry diluted bitumen from the oil sands. The Liberal government of British Columbia dreams of  developing a “trillion dollar” LNG opportunity. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be appeasing them, in return for provincial support for a national plan to curb Canada’s C02 emissions. The goal is to reduce our emissions to 30% below the 2005 level by 2030, but the concessions inherit in Trudeau’s collaborative approach could subvert any attempt to tackle climate change. A new poll finds Canadians expect Federan action against emissions.
Continue reading Poll Finds Canadians Expect Federal Action Against Emissions

Trudeau Selling Canada Out

The ECOreport looks at the approval of Pacific Northwest LNG and concludes this is another example of Trudeau Sellling Canada Out

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmEven Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC, was critical of the government’s approval of Lelu Island.  Environment reporter Margo McDermid called the Pacific Northwest LNG project the “first real test of the Liberal’s approach to the environment and energy.” Her colleague, Chris Hall, added that approving this project “is going to put an enormous amount of pressure on Justin Trudeau to explain how approving a project that will generate millions of tons in greenhouse gas emissions can also help them meet (the) climate change targets they agreed to in Paris.”1 Few doubt that Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister started out with good intentions. The Globe and Mail recently called Trudeau’s attempt to please environmental groups and the fossil fuel sector “mission impossible.” For many environmentalists, the honeymoon lasted for around three months. This is just the latest example of what many perceive as Trudeau selling Canada out.

Continue reading Trudeau Selling Canada Out

  1. The National, January 27, 2016

A Pivotal Time In Canada’s Clean Energy Transition

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada is at a crossroads. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggests our reliance on fossil fuels will soon be a memory. The future lies with renewables.  There are numerous challenges to be overcome. Yet the latest instalment of Tracking the Energy Revolution states this is a pivotal time in Canada’s clean energy transition.

Continue reading A Pivotal Time In Canada’s Clean Energy Transition

How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAfter two days of sometimes heated meetings behind closed door, Canada’s first ministers emerged with an agreement as to their overall goals for a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.  The contentious issues, like carbon pricing mechanisms, emissions caps and oil pipelines, have been left for another First Ministers meeting in the fall. So How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

Continue reading How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

The Canada-China Clean Technology Cooperation Agreement

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMZhigang Wang, China’s Minister of Science and Technology, was in Ottawa yesterday. He discussed possible areas of collaboration with Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. At the end of their meeting they signed a , discussed ways our nations could collaborate in developing renewable technology. At the end of their meeting, were discussing Canada and China signed a clean technology cooperation agreement.

Continue reading The Canada-China Clean Technology Cooperation Agreement

Canada Promises To Increase Clean Tech Investments

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMToday, more than a billion people do not have electricity.  While the world is expected to have up to 50% more energy by 2050, the population will also be much larger. That is why  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined French President François Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and 17 other countries in a partnership that seeks to double government investment in clean energy research and development over the next five years. Canada promises to increase clean tech investments.

Continue reading Canada Promises To Increase Clean Tech Investments

Responses to Alberta’s Climate Plan

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAll 18 coal powered plants, currently supplying 55% of Alberta’s electricity will shut down by 2030. The percentage of wind and solar energy on the grid will rise from 9% to 30% during the same time period, “while natural gas generation will continue to provide firm base load reliability.” The province has set a cap on oil sands emissions, adopted a carbon tax and will reduce methane emissions 45% over the next decade. Few would have expected such policies prior to the NDP’s election and there are mixed responses to Alberta’s Climate Plan.

Continue reading Responses to Alberta’s Climate Plan