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Canada must commit to 100 per cent clean electricity

By Tom Green and Stephen Thomas      

In the face of renewed U.S. climate ambition, Canada needs to step up its game. This is our opportunity to get to a clean electricity grid by introducing a standard. Otherwise, we risk being left behind.

In February, U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to accelerate climate ambition as part of the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.–Canada Partnership. Mr. Biden speaks of the managed decline of the fossil fuel sector yet Mr. Trudeau continues to defend continuing and subsidizing oil and gas extraction. Photograph courtesy of Flickr and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

It’s easy in Canada to take electricity for granted. Flip a switch and the light turns on. Yet as we act to address the climate emergency, our relationship with electricity will need to change. Shifting away from burning fossil fuels toward using electricity is a key climate strategy, but we need to ensure that the electricity we use is clean, affordable, and reliable while delivering community benefits. A clean electricity standard works to ensure more clean power is added to the grid with binding targets and timelines.

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