Economics

Beyond This of That: Building New Energy Narratives

Sep 25 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30am

In a conversation dominated by polarizing voices during a week of global discussion about climate change, Alberta Ecotrust invites industry, nonprofit and government leaders to explore new energy narratives that highlight both innovation and collaboration.

From Alberta Ecotrust:

Location

Officers’ Mess Room, 2nd Floor
Fort Calgary
Calgary , AB

SMLS Public Lecture: Carbon Pricing – You Probably Have an Opinion but Do You Actually Understand How it Works?

Sep 14 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Canadian Institute of Resources Law invites you to attend a free public lecture entitled:

Carbon Pricing – You Probably Have an Opinion but Do You Actually Understand How it Works?

Carbon pricing is set to be a major issue as Canada heads into the federal election. Yet, while almost everyone has an opinion on it, few understand how carbon pricing works as a climate mitigation tool and even fewer have a working understanding of the legislative framework. This session is designed to help attendees more fully understand the carbon pricing in Canada. It will explain the economic theory of carbon pricing and the experience with carbon pricing around the world; explore the different carbon pricing systems Canadian provinces have put in place; explain the details of the Pan Canadian carbon pricing framework, including the carbon pricing benchmark and backstop; and, examine the constitutional issues at play. The session will end with a Q & A period for registered participants.

Location

Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall (MFH), Faculty of Law University of Calgary
Calgary , AB

Federal carbon pricing backstop in Alberta is fair, effective, and will drive competitiveness

Pembina Institute reacts to federal announcement on carbon pricing backstop

EDMONTON — Duncan Kenyon, Alberta Regional Director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the federal government announcement regarding pricing pollution in Alberta:

“Because action on climate change is a shared responsibility, and no province should be exempt from acting, we are pleased the federal government is moving forward on its promise to apply carbon pricing and rebates in Alberta in response to the Government of Alberta’s decision to repeal the Climate Leadership Act. 

Redwater decision reassuring, but we aren’t out of the woods

Pembina Institute reacts to the Supreme Court of Canada’s Redwater decision

CALGARY – JODI MCNEILL, analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's Decision on the Redwater legal case:

"The Supreme Court of Canada has prioritized paying clean up costs before creditors when extractive companies go bankrupt. This outcome reinforces the growing understanding that polluters are responsible for their clean up obligations.

Statement on the Supreme Court of Canada Ruling on the Alberta Orphan Well Association Appeal

Edmonton, Alta. – With its ruling today, the Supreme Court of Canada has rightfully put the health of our environment ahead of banks. Companies cannot shed their environmental liabilities in order to pay banks back first. This ruling is a win for all Canadians, as there are massive outstanding environmental liabilities in many sectors, not just oil and gas.

SCC decision on abandoned oil wells a victory for environment and public but problems remain, Ecojustice says

CALGARY – The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that cleaning up abandoned oil and gas wells must come before the interests of creditors after a company has gone bankrupt. Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson issued the following statement in response:

“The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that bankruptcy trustees must put the environment first. This is a win for the environment and good news for landowners and Albertans.

Alberta's carbon levy is working

Joshua Buck, Alberta Program Manager for Environmental Defence writes:

Since Alberta’s economy-wide carbon levy was introduced in 2017, a lot of claims have been made about the levy, both positive and negative. So, what are the facts? That’s what we wanted to know. We did some investigation and put together a report: Carbon Pricing in Alberta – A Review of its Successes and Impacts. And what did we find? Overall, Alberta’s carbon levy is a success.

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.

Read the full op-ed in the Edmonton Journal

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