Analysts see demand for oil hitting a plateau in about a decade. And the global shift toward renewable energy could happen a lot faster if countries decide radical steps are needed to avoid climate catastrophe.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, pictured meeting with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Ottawa on May 4. The task ahead for Canada will be to find a way to channel the angst and insecurity felt by westerners—and cranked up by the likes of Kenney—into a long-term transition strategy that can reduce the shocks from the epochal shifts in energy demand, while giving Canadians in all regions a head start in developing a post-carbon economy, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—It’s hard to make history go backwards.
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'Different leadership could have decided that ‘no, we won’t collaborate with you, because we don’t have to under the legislation,’ says Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. 'We want legislation to be clarified.'