Climate News From Across Canada

Including – – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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.

Canada must support Alberta, Saskatchewan wean itself off oil and gas production

April 26, 2021 – Toronto Star By Gordon Laxer

An oil worker holds raw sand bitumen near Fort McMurray, Alta., on July 9, 2008.

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.


Tiny hummingbird stops construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline in B.C. for 4 months

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.




Supreme Court rules Ottawa’s carbon tax is constitutional

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

A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton, Alta. on December 28, 2018. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the federal government’s carbon pricing regime is constitutional. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)
EXCLUSIVE: STUDY SHOWS GOVERNMENTS’ OIL AND GAS REVENUE CRASHING AS DECARBONIZATION TAKES HOLD
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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.

Canada’s Big 5 Banks: The Climate Movement Is Coming For You In 2021

By Rolly Montpellier @Below2C_ -January 15, 2021

Canada's Big 5 Banks: The Climate Movement Is Coming For You In 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.

Poll: Electric vehicles are picking up speed in public support

Clean Energy Canada | December 15, 2020

A similar majority (64%) hope electric cars become the majority of vehicles that consumers drive, and even more believe that will be the case (76%). The number of people who foresee a day when electric vehicles are the majority of vehicles on the road has increased six points in the last 18 months.

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

Liberals delay on climate change at the worst possible time

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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

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Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Photo: Nick Kendrick / Greenplanet Energy Analytics


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

Discover the Toxicity of Plastics Recycling

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

By Garth Lenz and CCPA , Nov 11, 2020 | TheTyee.ca

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North Thompson River just north of the community of Blue River. The proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project would run along the western shore of the Thompson River for a long stretch. All photos by 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.


The ‘Decolonization Bootcamp’ Uniting Cities and Indigenous Reserves

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


15 CLIMATE YOUTH PLAN APPEAL

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.


Building codes development under scrutiny as climate goals loom

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.

By Carl Meyer | NewsEnergyPoliticsOttawa Insider | October 22nd 2020


Montreal-based GHGSat unveils global map of methane concentrations

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.

By Jean−Benoit Legault | News | October 21st 2020