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Environmental Policies and Norms


All’s Well that Ends Well: Addressing End-of-Life Liabilities for Oil and Gas Wells
September 28, 2017 - Benjamin Dachis, Blake Shaffer and Vincent Thivierge

If Alberta doesn’t change how it requires companies to finance their own oil and gas well cleanup costs, the energy industry and, ultimately, taxpayers in Alberta face cleanup costs of up to $8...

Ontario’s Green Energy Experience: Sobering Lessons for Sustainable Climate Change Policies
August 15, 2017 - Michael J. Trebilcock

After eight years, Ontario’s green energy policies have yielded moderate environmental gains while drastically increasing energy prices, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Ontario...

Carbon Copies: The Prospects for an Economy-Wide Carbon Price in Canada
September 15, 2016 - Tracy Snoddon

Ottawa should establish a nationwide floor price for carbon, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Carbon Copies: The Prospect for an Economy-Wide Carbon Price in Canada,” author...

The National Energy Board’s Limits in Assessing Upstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions
February 18, 2016 - Benjamin Dachis and Grant Bishop

Mandating the National Energy Board (NEB) to weigh upstream greenhouse gas emissions in its pipeline approval process could stretch the federal government’s constitutional authority, according to...

The Future of Canadian Energy Policy
January 7, 2016 - Benjamin Dachis

Canada’s energy sector will need to think about more than just low oil prices in 2016. There are numerous structural issues facing the sector that will need to be overcome, according to a new...

A New Blueprint for Ontario's Electricity Market
September 18, 2013 - A.J. Goulding

Ontario’s power sector needs an overhaul to address a long list of inefficiencies, and rising consumer prices, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “A New Blueprint for...

Chi Man Yip - What Do We Learn from British Columbia’s Carbon Tax?
Intelligence Memos
From: Chi Man Yip To: Hon. George Heyman, British Columbia Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy CC: Ministers of Environment and Energy across Canada Re: What do we learn from British...
Andrew Roman - Are Old Polluters Better Than New Polluters?
Intelligence Memos
From: Andrew Roman To: Concerned Canadians Date: April 30, 2018 Re: Are Old Polluters Better Than New Polluters? One of the environmental arguments against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is...
Bernard and Kichian - The Effects of the B.C. Carbon Tax on Diesel Demand
Intelligence Memos
From: Jean-Thomas Bernard and Maral Kichian To: Canada’s Energy Policymakers Date: March 7, 2018 Re: The Effects of the B.C. Carbon Tax on Diesel Demand By signing the Paris agreement on climate...

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