Including – – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Sun., July 24, 2022 – By Gordon Laxer, Contributor – Toronto Star
If democracy falters in the U.S., where would that leave Canada? Can democracy thrive here if the U.S. becomes an autocracy, or falls apart into warring blue and red states?
Riveting testimony in the Jan. 6 committee hearings has shredded complacent assumptions that the U.S. will always protect Canada from externally imposed authoritarianism. Russia and China project dictatorial power as much as ever, but have much less ability to influence events in Canada than an autocratic U.S. would, since our economies and cultures are so embedded. Read CAM member Gordon Laxer’s opinion piece here
Dozens of Hollywood celebrities are joining Indigenous leaders calling for big banks to stop funding the Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C.
They are throwing their support behind Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and other leaders who are calling on the Royal Bank of Canada to withdraw its support from the northern B.C. pipeline.
According to the organization, RBC has invested more than $160 billion since 2015 to finance tar sands, fossil fuel extraction and transport.
February 20, 2022 – Mitchell Beer- the Energy Mix
“The Trans Mountain project is out of control, and Canadian taxpayers are facing an even greater burden than before,” says independent economist Robyn Allan, a former president and CEO of the Insurance Corporation of B.C.. “Not only is the $21.4 billion estimate a 70% increase in the project’s budget—giving a clear indication of just how badly it’s being managed—it’s not likely to be the last increase we will see.” Read the article from the Energy Mix
Jan 20, 2022 – Gordon Laxer – Edmonton Journal
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) may rue the day they made foreign funding a public issue. Three years ago, CAPP head Tim McMillan launched a crusade against “foreign-funded, anti-pipeline” activists. “We have been the victims of a very well-orchestrated, well-planned foreign-funded attack,” he charged. – more
Dec 8, 2021 – Gordon Laxer, contributor – Toronto Star
After most Canadians vote for parties who promise climate action, they may wonder why Canada is by far the worst G-7 carbon-polluting country. While the U.S. and Japan are roughly at their 1990 emission levels, Canada’s are up 21 per cent. The EU is 25 per cent lower and Britain’s is down a remarkable 40 per cent.
… The report “Posing as Canadian. How Big Foreign Oil Captures Canadian energy and climate policy” was released Wednesday (Dec 7, 2021) and explains why.
November 24, 2021 – Mehanaz Yakub – Electric Autonomy
The investment is a long-term loan that is meant to help bus operators cover the vehicles’ higher upfront costs and charging infrastructure expense and help accelerate the shift to electric school buses in the province.
“It’s a loan that’s based on the expected savings that the buses are going to generate over their life,” explains Charles Todd, managing director of investments at CIB, in an interview with Electric Autonomy Canada.
Nov 22 – newsletter
Inadvertently, he told us a deeper truth than we are accustomed to hearing: Canada was in fact an extractive company before it was a country.
Our new video uses Trudeau’s slip as an opportunity to take a closer look at Canada’s origin story. WATCH
Nov 22, 2021 – Joshua Berson – The Tyee
In September of 2020, as the choking haze of wildfires shrouded British Columbia’s largest city, I documented the eerie scenes for The Tyee in a photo essay called “The Big Smoke.” In June of this year, as the heat dome suffocated the region, claiming hundreds of lives, I ventured out again to record “The Big Sweat.” On Thursday, I went to Abbotsford in search of folks enduring “The Big Soak.”
32 Arrested at Pipeline Blockade as B.C. Diverts 50 RCMP from Emergency Flood Response [Emergency Appeals]
November 21, 2021 – Primary Author: Mitchell Beer – Energy Mix
Heavily-armed RCMP agents stormed an Indigenous blockade Friday and arrested 32 people, including Gidimt’en Clan spokesperson Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham) and two journalists, in another escalation of the dispute over construction of the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.
November 8, 2021 – Christopher Bonasia – The Energy Mix
Indigenous communities in Canada are leading the way on the transition to clean energy by using renewable energy microgrids (REMs) as a pathway to community and energy sovereignty, said panelists at a COP 26 workshop session last week.
OCTOBER 27 – JOSHUA S. HILL – the DRIVEN
Canadian-based manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles Lion Electric Company has received an order for 1,000 electric school buses, which will replace diesel buses from early next year.
The order from Student Transportation of Canada, which is going to access the government’s Zero Emission Transit Fund, would make it the largest operator of zero-emission school buses in North America.
Dangerous Distractions Canada’s carbon emissions and the pathway to net zero.
June 17, 2021 – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives(CCPA) – Marc Lee
Reducing emissions to zero is a clear concept, but “net zero” muddies the waters in that some greenhouse gas or carbon emissions are permitted as long as they are balanced by “negative emissions” or carbon removals through nature or engineered solutions. Download the full report
DEEP RETROFIT PROGRAM COULD FIX EVERY CANADIAN BUILDING BY 2035 – SUPPLY ENOUGH ELECTRICITY FOR 10 MILLION EV’S
June 24, 2021 – the Energy Mix –
Taking on an audacious “national retrofit mission” would enable Canada to upgrade every building in the country by 2035, eliminate their fossil fuel consumption by 2050, make energy poverty a thing of the past, and free up 50 terawatt-hours of electricity for other uses… according to new analysis released this week by Efficiency Canada.
April 26, 2021 – Toronto Star By Gordon Laxer
Canada has by far the worst G7 climate record and will remain the laggard until we start a managed phase out of the oilsands. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knows they are the elephant in the room, but is intimidated by Big Oil and the predictable explosive reaction of the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments to even mention it.
April 26, 2021 – Global News
Work on the Trans Mountain’s pipeline construction has now been stopped for four months after the discovery of hummingbird nests during tree cutting. By Amy Judd
‘CHECKING THE BOXES’ IN FEDERAL CLIMATE PLAN WON’T DELIVER ON CANADA’S PARIS TARGETS, RESEARCHERS WARN
April 19, 2021 – the Energy Mix
Two veteran public interest researchers have come up with a troubling equation they say is at the heart of the federal government’s climate strategy: Carbon Pricing + Hydrogen + Carbon Capture + Nuclear = Paris 2030 and beyond.
In 6-3 decision, top court finds federal government can impose nationwide pricing standards.
John Paul Tasker · CBC News · Posted: Mar 25, 2021 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: March 25
FEBRUARY 12, 2021 PRIMARY AUTHOR MITCHELL BEER @MITCHELLBEER
Canadian governments stand to lose more than half of their revenue from oil and gas activities through 2040, and nearly nine-tenths of the taxes and royalties the industry says they will collect, as the global economy decarbonizes and shifts away from fossil fuel production, the UK-based Carbon Tracker Initiative concludes in an analysis released this week.
By Rolly Montpellier @Below2C_ -January 15, 2021
Since the Paris Agreement, Canada’s Big Five banks—RBC, TD, BMO, CIBC, Scotia—have financed fossil fuels over half a trillion dollars (C$641 billion) globally and in Canada they provide the lion share (70%) of the money for Tar Sands expansion (C$93 billion).
The 2020 Banking on Climate Change Report finds that, overall, bank financing continues to be aligned with climate breakdown. Thirty five (35) global banks have funneled an additional US$2.7 trillion in fossil fuels since the Paris Agreement (2016-2019) with financing on the rise each year.
Clean Energy Canada | December 15, 2020
BREAKING: CANADA PLACES DEAD LAST ON ENERGY USE, FOURTH-LAST OVERALL IN GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE PERFORMANCE
Canada posts the fourth-worst climate performance in the world, ahead only of Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, and no country is consistent with the overall targets in the 2015 Paris Agreement, in the latest edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) No country performs well enough in all CCPI index categories to achieve an overall very high rating. The first three positions in the overall ranking therefore remain empty. This says a great deal.
FULL STORY: GERMANWATCH @GERMANWATCH, NEWCLIMATE INSTITUTE @NEWCLIMATEINST, CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK-INTERNATIONAL @CANINTL
DECEMBER 7, 2020
Nov 26, 2020 – The federal government recently introduced Bill C-12, the Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, which, on the surface, signals progress on addressing the climate crisis. — Bill C-12 wrongly focuses on 2030 and beyond as the target-setting timeframe for emissions reductions.
Just north of the oilsands, the largest remote solar farm in Canada is about to power up
The Indigenous-owned project will supply a quarter of Fort Chipewyan’s electricity needs, helping to reduce the need for almost a million litres of diesel each year — Ainslie Cruickshank Nov 18, 2020 – The Narwhal
Canada Boosts Fossil Subsidies to $14.3B Per Year, Joins Saudi Arabia as G20’s Top Two Oil and Gas Funders
Canada averaged US$14.3 billion per year in fossil fuel subsidies between 2017 and 2019, earning it top ranking alongside Saudi Arabia as the two G20 countries with the most generous subsidies for oil and gas production, according a scorecard issued last week by three international think tanks.
NOVEMBER 16, 2020 COMPILED BY THE ENERGY MIX STAFF
The mass production and consumption of plastics has created perhaps the biggest environmental crisis in human history. To solve the plastic problem we need to start producing and using alternative non-plastic products. And of course we can also recycle, recycle, recycle.
By Below2C | Gaye Taylor, The Energy Mix, @TheEnergyMix -November 12, 2020
What’s at Stake with the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion? The megaproject is already a money-loser for producers. Here’s what else it could threaten.
The swath of land that this pipeline would pass through is uniquely beautiful, dramatic and rare and not something to be taken for granted or put at risk for such dubious gains as have been claimed by the fossil fuel industry and Canadian and Alberta governments. — Garth Lenz
Reassessment of Need for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project: Production forecasts, economics and environmental considerations by David Hughes is available for download here.
For generations, First Nations territories and Canadian cities treated each other as strangers. Now, they’re finally working, and thriving, together.
Lauren Kaljur 6 Nov 2020 | Reasons to Be Cheerful | TheTyee.ca
AFTER COURT REJECTS LAWSUIT FOR FEDERAL RECOVERY PLAN.
Lawyer Joe Arvay argued during a hearing in September that the federal government “is violating the youths’ right to life, liberty, and security of the person under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as their right to equality, because they are disproportionately affected by climate change.”
The Energy Mix, OCTOBER 30, 2020
Report – Billion Dollar Buyout: How Canadian taxpayers bought a climate-killing pipeline and Trump’s trade deal supports it
In the summer of 2018, the Trudeau government invoked the term “national interest” to justify buying the Trans Mountain oil pipeline system from Texas-based Kinder Morgan. Why would a government that says it’s committed to urgent climate action, facilitate the growth of Alberta’s oil sands, Canada’s greatest and fastest growing source of carbon pollution?
By Gordon Laxer, Political Economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta.
Canada’s building code development system is under scrutiny, with some analysts skeptical it can produce the high standards necessary to ensure construction that’s ready for the climate crisis.
MONTREAL — A Montreal company has unveiled what it boasts is the most accurate map of global methane concentrations ever made.
Methane accounts for a quarter of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions.