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What about the oil sands? Harper’s goal of 90% emission-free electricity by 2020 not so ambitious

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, recently re-elected, gave his Throne Speech today and reiterated the Conservative party’s campaign promise of having 90 per cent of Canada’s electricity come from “non-emitting” sources by 2020. The media have characterized this as “ambitious,” and while it seems so on the surface, it’s not so challenging when you look at the numbers.

In fact, what it really means is increasing the amount of power we get from non-emitting sources by 25 per cent. But using a figure like 90 per cent sounds a lot more impressive than 25 per cent. Continue reading What about the oil sands? Harper’s goal of 90% emission-free electricity by 2020 not so ambitious

Canada’s Conservative government wants to talk continental cap-and-trade with Obama administration

Taken alone, I should be happy that my federal government wants to begin serious talks with the United States about establishing a continental cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions. Fact is, I was expecting this kind of knee-jerk reaction from my government as soon as Barack Obama got elected to the White House. It’s why, as a Canadian, I’m so encouraged by Obama’s win. His aggressive energy and environmental policies will force a laggard like Canada to act after years of being hip-connected with the Bush administration’s policy of half-measures and inaction. Continue reading Canada’s Conservative government wants to talk continental cap-and-trade with Obama administration