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The problem is that both Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, right, as well as the political party they represent, are very much driven by short-term electoral considerations and the financial support of an industry that, globally, is beginning to lose its centuries-long grip on public policy, writes Joseph Ingram. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

Canada is at a crossroads with existential consequences

Opinion|Joseph Ingram
In selecting their policy direction, the prime minister and his deputy need to act practically, while at the same time doing the right thing for Canadians, including those in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Opinion|Jessica Green
Instead of plowing money into risky and potentially outmoded investments, policymakers should focus their energy on building popular support for decarbonization by providing immediate political benefits to voters.
Meeting net-zero targets—for both the industry and the federal government—will require immediate and significant investments into research and development. And once again: skepticism is warranted.
Our country’s regulatory system and policy environment is not broken and unworkable. But it can certainly be improved.
More in Policy - RESOURCES & ENERGY
We must prepare for the transition quickly, expanding access to training so affected workers can easily find employment in renewable energy projects, renewing the electrical grid, building retrofits and more.
Adaptation and mitigation are already becoming business as usual for local governments and professional practitioners, but widespread collaboration on integrated adaptation and mitigation isn't underway.
Fossil-fuel producing countries have to stop trading off climate risks for resource revenues. Growing public pressure and more profitable renewables are pushing fossil fuel producers to act.
Opinion|M Anne Naeth
When we recognize that energy systems completely influence every aspect of our lives, it becomes more difficult to argue that we can simply change nothing at all, or everything at once.
Geothermal energy is a powerful antidote to our preoccupation with fossil fuels. The transformation can be painless, but requires alignment of enlightened corporate interests with provincial and national objectives.
The announcement ‘doesn’t reflect what’s in his mandate letter,’ says NDP natural resources critic Richard Cannings, nor did nuclear energy come up in a briefing he had with the minister.
Opinion|Erica Ifill
Within a week, the prime minister had gone from seeking patience to speaking to Indigenous people like the father you disappointed by cutting class.
On Feb. 4, the Federal Court of Appeal struck down one Indigenous-led challenge of the Trans Mountain expansion project’s re-approval, but the pushback continues.
The alternative to a managed and just transition is not the status quo, but rather an unpredictable and unjust transition reminiscent of so many previous resource busts.
If cleaner energy is the way to go, wouldn’t an easy early step be to move towards a larger amount of domestic crude instead of relying on foreign imports?
The world is moving forward on slicing GHG emissions. This means massive changes to the global energy system, bringing significant future market opportunities with it. Canada’s natural resources sector can play a role.
Energy experts say SMRs could be an environmentally friendly baseload option compared to intermittent sources like wind and solar.
The bonds of our federation face the greatest strains in a generation or more. Navigating these challenges at the intersection of energy, the environment, and our economy will define this government.
This is one area where the national security and broader national interests of Canada, and indeed all of North America, create a moral imperative to act.
No Canadian government has yet found an effective path to pursue meaningful action on climate change while capitalizing on the country’s vast energy resources.
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