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There’s only one climate vote in this election and it’s for the Liberals

I’ve kept my head (mostly) down so far in this election for a simple reason: over the past two years in particular and sporadically before that, I have given a lot of advice to the Government of Canada on the implementation of national climate change policies. The Liberal plan is, in many aspects, rooted in […]

Time Turns off the Taps on Alberta’s Turn Off the Taps Legislation

Time Turns off the Taps on Alberta’s Turn Off the Taps Legislation

This is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper. -TS Eliot, The Hollow Men 1925 By Nigel Bankes, Andrew Leach, and Martin Olszynski Alberta’s “Turn Off the Taps” legislation (see posts from Bankes here and Leach here), more formally known as Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, was proclaimed in force by […]

Facts matter

Facts matter

The Canadian Energy Centre (if you’re wondering who that is, it’s a pro-energy corporation funded by the Alberta government) apparently take their responsibility to tell Canada’s energy story very seriously. After seeing Bill McKibben’s op-ed in the Globe and Mail on Saturday, I waited anxiously for the response from our vaunted war room.  It finally […]

To whom is Jason Kenney selling a bill of goods on Energy East?

To whom is Jason Kenney selling a bill of goods on Energy East?

Jason Kenney is, ahem, bending the truth, for someone on Energy East. The questions we should be asking are whether he knows that he is and, if his Energy East fantasies were to come true, to whom would he have been selling a bill of goods.

Senate Testimony on Bill c-48

Senate Testimony on Bill c-48

Bill C-48, An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast, has passed third reading in the House of Commons and is now at the Senate committee stage.  I’ve been invited to appear before Senate Committee on […]

My thoughts on the UCP Climate Change Plan

My thoughts on the UCP Climate Change Plan

Jason Kenney formalized the United Conservative Party’s climate change and energy plans on the weekend. There’s more to Kenney’s platform than the headlines about scrapping the carbon tax – the platform is a systematic walk-back of some of the most important climate change initiatives in Alberta, an effort to perpetuate myths about other initiatives and, […]

The price of gas and the taste of crow

The price of gas and the taste of crow

Over the past few days, I’ve been involved in a lot of discussion on Twitter and in other fora about the distribution of transportation fuel expenditures across Canadian households.  The purpose of this post is two-fold: first, to eat a little crow for an error of my own, and then to provide some additional data […]

What can we learn from the church carbon tax fiasco?

What can we learn from the church carbon tax fiasco?

Yesterday morning, United Conservative Party candidate for Brooks-Medicine Hat and well-known conservative activist Michaela Glasgo tweeted a claim, since debunked, that her church, Hillcrest Evangelical Missionary Church in Medicine Hat, would be facing a $50,000 bill from Alberta’s carbon tax next year.  The claim, and the subsequent challenges to it, were picked up by the Edmonton […]

House Standing Committee on Environment

House Standing Committee on Environment

The following is a transcript of my remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development from Monday, January 28. 2019. Please check against delivery. Thank you for inviting me to appear before your Standing Committee to make the case in favour of carbon pricing. I am an Associate Professor at […]

The federal output-based carbon pricing system works because it's not an exemption

The federal output-based carbon pricing system works because it’s not an exemption

This week, the federal government announced more details of their Output Based Pricing System (OBPS) which targets greenhouse gas emissions from large, industrial facilities. These policies are complex (although perhaps not as complex as their acronyms make them sound) and build on a long line of similar policies proposed and/or implemented in Canada.  In this […]