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Canada’s potential future in renewable energy: Cannings

By NDP MP Richard Cannings      

Canada needs to take these messages from abroad to heart. Like the U.K., we need to walk the walk and make serious investments in the transition to renewables and the electrification of our transport systems.

The transition to clean, renewable energy is coming fast, and Canada is particularly vulnerable because of its reliance on the oil and gas sector for good jobs. Photograph courtesty of Pixabay

Recently, I travelled with Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr to the World Energy Leaders Summit and G20 energy meetings in Argentina. One of the main themes of these talks was the “grand transition” to a low carbon future. While there are political pressures to make this transition, pressures driven in part by the Paris agreement, most of the action on this front is being driven by pure economics. A report released this year by Clean Energy Canada backed this up, stating that the global market for low-carbon goods and services is now worth $5.8-trillion and is expected to keep growing by three per cent a year.

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