Analysis

Cutting Carbon: The Heart of a Canadian Energy Strategy

mag_2If we don’t prepare to compete in the global low carbon economy, then we’re liable to get left behind. Fortunately, the Canadian energy strategy—currently under development by the premiers of all provinces except British Columbia—offers us an ideal opportunity.

Clean Energy Canada director Merran Smith and policy and partnerships director Dan Woynillowicz lay out the challenges and opportunities in “Cutting Carbon: The Heart of a Canadian Energy Strategy,” [PDF, 1.1 MB] in the latest edition of Policy magazine.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Shifting social and economic conditions in key export markets are introducing significant new risks to Canada’s oil and gas sector, leaving our nation’s resource economy exposed. A Canadian energy and climate strategy, led by the Council of the Federation, offers a promising venue and process for mitigating these risks and leveraging new opportunities for the nation in the growing global market for low carbon goods and services. To succeed, the premiers must grab hold of two issues that, taken together, have become the third rail of Canadian energy politics.”

Check out the full issue, which also includes submissions from federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May, federal New Democratic Party energy critic Peter Julian, and an excerpt from a speech by federal natural resources minister Joe Oliver.