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In defense of feed-in tariffs…just not this one.
By Andrew on May 29, 2011
With the release of Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s platform today, it’s clear where much of the focus of the campaign to be Ontario’s next Premier will be – on Ontarians’ electricity bills. Hudak announced no fewer than six major policy changes to Ontario’s electricity system: An end to Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program; An […]
Posted in Renewable Energy Policy | 17 Responses
Environmentalists and energy prices 2.0
By Andrew on May 26, 2011
One thing I can’t make head nor tail of is how people who are concerned about the environmental impacts of fossil fuel consumption also seek to combat high or volatile oil and gas prices. I got on this idea today after reading a post by Brad Johnson (@climatebrad) originally at his site, The Wonk Room, […]
Posted in energy | 3 Responses
Alberta needs to do more than tell Ottawa, “hands off the golden goose!”
By Andrew on May 23, 2011
This article, by Jason Fekete and Darcy Henton, discusses the Alberta Government’s growing anxiety with respect to the coming Federal GHG regulations for the oil and gas sector. Premier Stelmach and the Alberta Government may be late to the game, but they have moved quickly in the past to head off federal action with regulatory […]
Posted in Canadian Climate Policy, Canadian Politics, climate change, oilsands | 2 Responses
My latest Economy Lab Post: Emissions: Peter Kent’s 178 millon-ton challenge
By Andrew on May 19, 2011
It may be his most important task, and setting Canada’s GHG policy course for the next four years will not be an easy one for Environment Minister Peter Kent. By his own admission, meeting Canada’s GHG goals will be a daunting challenge and will require stringent regulations on oil and gas, electricity generation, transportation, and […]
Posted in Canadian Climate Policy, Canadian Politics, climate change | Tagged climate, climate change, EU, ghg, oil sands, oilsands, ontario, peter kent | 8 Responses
A discounted, domestic oil price would be bad policy for Alberta
By Andrew on May 15, 2011
There’s something about oil that makes some of my favorite conservatives start to think like liberals. Yesterday, I was surprised to read, on John Winslow’s blog, the question of, “whether it stands to reason the people of Alberta and, to a lessor extent, the people of Saskatchewan should be receiving a nice break on the […]
Posted in energy | 11 Responses
High gas prices more likely due to oiligopoly than collusion
By Andrew on May 13, 2011
The knee-jerk reaction of many Canadians, including Industry Minister Tony Clement, is to assume that high gas prices and inflated profit margins are likely to be explained by collusion among the big oil companies to fix prices at higher than acceptable levels. It may well be true that that there are price setting agreements reached […]
Posted in energy | 4 Responses
Gas prices: Who benefits from tax relief?
By Andrew on May 11, 2011
Since oil prices began their steady march back to three-digit levels, the cries for government intervention in gasoline markets has risen in tandem. These calls have reached a fever pitch this week with reports we will soon see a US-style dressing-down of the oil executives by federal MPs as well as calls from politicians including […]
Posted in energy | 14 Responses
By Andrew on May 10, 2011
A quick note to readers to say that I expect my unplanned post-election to end shortly. Thanks for reading, and please stay-tuned.
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