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Will Canada Miss The Bus? Tracking the Energy Revolution 2019

Mar 22 2019 — — Buses. They’re the veins of our cities, transporting billions of people around their daily lives. Whether it’s a morning commute, a lift home from school, or a trip to the hockey game, buses have been a stalwart part of Canadian life for decades. But most Canadian buses also pollute. Yes, they’re better than cars because […]

How Canada is both leading and falling behind on electric buses

Mar 21 2019 — — Buses. They’re the veins of our cities, transporting billions of people around their daily lives. Whether it’s a morning commute, a lift home from school, or a trip to the hockey game, buses have been stalwarts of Canadian life for decades. But most Canadian buses also pollute. Yes, they’re better than cars because they move […]

Canadian children school adults about climate crisis

Mar 15 2019 — — Twelve-year-old Roy Bateman already knows what he’d say if he met Ontario Premier Doug Ford. “I wouldn’t go up and scream in his face,” he says matter-of-factually. “I would ask him why he’s not taking climate action. Why he cancelled cap and trade and why he thinks this is good.” Bateman pauses. “If he replies […]

On the world stage, Canadian oil majors promote a carbon tax

Mar 13 2019 — Kyle Bakx — Executives from a pair of Canadian oilsands companies extolled the virtues of a carbon tax on one of the largest stages for the global energy sector. Climate change is one of the dominant topics of this year’s CERAWeek, a conference in Houston sometimes dubbed the Super Bowl of the world’s energy sector. This year’s conference […]

Vincent Geloso

Government meddling and increased air pollution

Mar 7 2019 — Vincent Geloso — When economists speak about climate change risk, they use a lens of externalities. Simply put, externalities emerge when exchanges between two parties has consequences that spill over onto third parties. These externalities are labelled “negative” when these spillovers hurt third parties. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from economic activity constitute a negative externality, as producers and […]

Flushing out the Truth about our Canadian Forests

Mar 5 2019 — — A US-based environmental lobby group recently released a misleading report about tissue and toilet paper that takes aim at Canadian forests and forestry workers. It marks yet another attack on Canadian natural resource jobs and rural and northern towns by U.S. special interests who simply do not understand how carefully and sustainably we manage our […]

Carbon taxes can be both good policy and good politics

Mar 4 2019 — — A carbon tax, according to most economists, is the most efficient way to reduce emissions. But is it politically feasible? The conventional wisdom is that it is political suicide at worst and a heavy lift at best. Recent opposition to the federal government’s carbon pricing scheme by the provinces of Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba and New […]

Climate Change Worries Open Minds to Modern Nuclear Technology

Mar 1 2019 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — On behalf of the Canadian Nuclear Association, Abacus Data developed a different approach to surveying contemporary attitudes towards nuclear energy. Instead of looking principally at nuclear as a source of energy, we created a survey that explored whether people might feel differently about nuclear if the conversation was about how to find energy solutions that […]

Canadian government plans to award millions of dollars for group to create climate watchdog

Feb 27 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is planning to award a multimillion dollar grant to a non-profit organization that will take on a watchdog role, holding the federal government to account for its climate change commitments and policies, says a spokeswoman from her office. The minister’s office confirmed the plans after McKenna’s staff met with the […]

Maximilian Kniewasser and Brianne Riehl

How B.C. can power the clean future

Feb 26 2019 — Maximilian Kniewasser and Brianne Riehl — Three months ago, the British Columbia government released CleanBC, a new economic strategy aimed at getting us back on track to achieving our province’s climate targets. The plan’s stated objective is to shift B.C. from an economy powered by oil and gas to one increasingly powered by clean energy. This is an ambitious proposition. Given the […]