Toronto, ON – At this week’s Council of the Federation meeting in St. John’s, the Canadian energy strategy is a major item on the agenda. Environmental Defence has released a backgrounder outlining contentious issues to look for in the Canadian energy strategy.
There is a risk that the energy strategy may allow the construction of oil pipelines in exchange for vague commitments to action on climate change. “Constructing more tar sands projects and oil pipelines that will last many decades is inconsistent with a global effort or a national plan to tackle climate change in a meaningful way,” says Dale Marshall, National Program Manager, Environmental Defence.
In recent drafts of the strategy, there are examples where addressing climate change and implementing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation measures are put forward as potential activities. But there are also activities proposed in the draft strategy – such as building more hydrocarbon infrastructure and locking in fossil fuel subsidies – that would send Canada in the wrong direction and would jeopardize both economic and environmental health.
“Given the confluence of political, scientific, and economic thinking concerning the dim future for high-carbon energy resources, the overarching goal of a Canadian energy strategy must be to transition away from fossil fuels and phase in clean, renewable energy solutions,” Marshall adds. “Canada has an abundance of energy resources. The challenge is to choose the right ones.”
Read the backgrounder here.
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