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Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals
August 24, 2016 - James W. Coleman and Sarah Marie Jordaan

Canadian liquefied natural gas can lower global greenhouse gas emissions if it displaces dirtier sources of power abroad, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Clearing the Air: How...

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...

Speed Dating or Serious Courtship? Canada and Foreign State-Owned Enterprises
November 26, 2012 - Daniel Schwanen

If Canada wants to benefit from Asia’s long-term growth potential, there is no getting around the need to do business, carefully, with state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to a report...

Unclogging the Pipes: Pipeline Reviews and Energy Policy
February 29, 2012 - Joseph A. Doucet

The federal government needs to reform Canada’s regulatory review process for energy pipelines, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Unclogging the...

Rethinking Royalty Rates: Why There Is a Better Way to  Tax Oil and Gas Development
September 14, 2011 - Benjamin Dachis, Bev Dahlby and Colin Busby

When provinces raise royalties charged on oil and gas production, the result can be less, not more tax revenues, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In  Rethinking Royalty...

Blake Shaffer - What's the Real Deal with Keystone XL?
Intelligence Memos
  From: Blake Shaffer To: Concerned Canadians Date: November 21, 2017 Re: What's the Real Deal with Keystone XL? Keystone XL – the 830,000 barrel per day pipeline to deliver heavy crude from Alberta’...
Herrnstadt, Sweeney - What Lies Beneath: Pipeline Awareness and Aversion
Intelligence Memos
From: Evan Herrnstadt and Richard L. Sweeney To: The Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Date: November 1, 2017 Re: What Lies...
Clay, Jha, Muller, and Walsh - External Costs of Transporting Petroleum Products by Pipelines and Rail
Intelligence Memos
From: Karen Clay, Akshaya Jha, Nicholas Muller, and Randall Walsh To: Concerned Canadians Date: October 5, 2017 Re:  External Costs of Transporting Petroleum Products by Pipelines versus Rail In the...

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