Economics

Media Releases & Op-eds

Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

An op-ed from Joshua Buck, Alberta climate program manager at Environmental Defence, on the $260-billion unfunded environmental liability in the oil and gas sector in Alberta:

"Albertans have had a long-standing and mutually beneficial bargain with the oil and gas industry. Basically, the deal was, the companies can take Albertans’ resources, practically for free, but in exchange, they’ll create high-paying jobs for Albertans. They’ll create the conditions for a strong economy, low taxes, and a high quality of life.

But it looks like we have been duped. Because there was another, hidden part of the deal: massive clean-up costs that the companies aren’t able to pay. Costs that will likely be left to Albertans to pay, long into the future."

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Op-ed: Why a price on carbon pollution is good for Canadians

By Josha MacNab

Published in iPolitics (November 1, 2018).

Every so often, a commitment is made that sets a new course and drives Canada forward.

This is the kind of commitment we saw last week when the federal government announced that Canada will put a price on pollution as of Jan. 1, 2019 — a milestone worth celebrating toward the implementation of Canada’s comprehensive plan to tackle climate change. Read more about Op-ed: Why a price on carbon pollution is good for Canadians

Event

Regan Boychuk: The (100) Billion Dollar Question

Oct 30 2018 - 6:30pm
Poster: Regan Boychuk: The (100) Billion Dollar Question

Regan will be talking about the little-known but urgent dilemma Alberta faces as a result of insolvent polluters and captured regulators. Public officials have allowed hundreds of billions in unfunded oilfield environmental liabilities to accumulate to crude oil and natural gas industries that no longer turn a profit. But there remains a solution if Albertans can find the political will.

Doors 6:30 PM | Talk 7:00 PM

Cost: $5

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
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Report: The Economic Impact of Restoring Woodland Caribou Habitat in the Bistcho and Yates Ranges in Northwestern Alberta

From the Alberta Wilderness Association website:

The following report by eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found that managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta. The October 2018 report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation to evaluate a caribou restoration economy.

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Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

Managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta, eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found in an October 2018 report evaluating a caribou restoration economy. The report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation. Read more about Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

Event

2018 Alberta Climate Summit

Sep 26 2018 - 8:30am
2018 Alberta Climate Summit

Bringing Albertans together to lead the energy evolution

The Alberta Climate Summit brings 500+ thought leaders from industry, government, environmental NGOs, and Indigenous and rural communities together to learn about global trends with implications in Alberta, hear diverse local success stories and explore the potential in Alberta’s energy evolution. The full-day event showcases a range of perspectives, opportunities for Alberta, informs and connects decision makers, and inspires participants to play an active role in the province’s energy future. Read more about 2018 Alberta Climate Summit

Location

BMO Centre
20 Roundup Way SW
Calgary , AB
Event

Green Economics: A Two-Day Training Intensive for Non Economists

Sep 20 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sep 21 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Position yourself and your organization to be an agent of change.
Join other professionals and lifelong learners in this small-scale interactive course.
Learn about 5Rs for re-orienting the economy for a greener 21st Century.

This is a two-day course that combines lectures, group-work, and reflective exercises. By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of economic concepts and information relevant to a green economy. You will learn about ways to:

  • retrofit markets and environmental policies – by reducing the depletion of common-pool resources and rewarding the supply of public goods;
  • rethink valuation of environmental benefits and damages – by better understanding scarcities, values, and the consideration of ecosystem services;
  • reward pro-environmental behaviour – by affecting prices, quantities, and behavioural norms that reflect the pro-social orientation of humans;
  • reconcile trade-offs to inform public decisions – by choosing appropriate decision-support frameworks and discounting approaches;
  • redefine economic progress and sustainability – by recognizing what is included, and omitted, by old and new measures of economic performance.
Read more about Green Economics: A Two-Day Training Intensive for Non Economists

Location

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
100-1711 10 Avenue SW
T3C 0K1 Calgary , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

Saskatchewan and Ontario reject most cost effective way to reduce carbon pollution

Pembina Institute reacts to the joint statement from Ontario and Saskatchewan on carbon pricing

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, interim federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comment in response to the joint statement released today from Ontario and Saskatchewan.

“It is deeply irresponsible of the Saskatchewan and Ontario governments to reject carbon pricing. Canadians expect their governments to address climate change, one of the most serious issues facing us today. It is a failure of leadership to reject the most cost effective way to reduce pollution. This move undermines Canada’s obligations to do its fair share to protect our communities from a changing climate.  Read more about Saskatchewan and Ontario reject most cost effective way to reduce carbon pollution

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