Carbon taxes defy science, cripple economies

Fossil fuels are what made our health and economic progress over the past 150 years possible – and continue to do so

Carbon taxes defy science, cripple economiesThe U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a non-binding resolution that a carbon tax would kill jobs, damage the revitalized American economy, and disproportionately impact poor, minority and working class families. The vote also reflects the fact that America is still over 80 per cent dependent on fossil fuels – and helps explain why a…

Fix Ontario’s disastrous power strategy

By subsidizing wind and solar power, the government put its green agenda ahead of Ontarians

Fix Ontario’s disastrous power strategyThere is still much work to be done on behalf of Ontario’s energy consumers and taxpayers. In 2005, I released a study called Pain Without Gain with two co-authors (University of Guelph professor Ross McKitrick and air quality analyst Joel Schwartz). The subtitle of the piece was that shutting down coal-fired power plants would hurt Ontario.…

U of C’s Haskayne School of Business helping energy startups

Twenty-five ventures to be selected for the launch of the Creative Destruction Lab Energy program

U of C’s Haskayne School of Business helping energy startupsThe University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business is launching a new program to help early-stage energy ventures bring their technologies to the market. This weekend, the school’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Rockies will select a group of 25 ventures for the program’s launch of CDL Energy. “Calgary is already known for its pioneers and…

Get smart: we need a 21st-century electrical grid system

Smart grids liberate customers from an outdated business model and allow free enterprise to provide options and services

Get smart: we need a 21st-century electrical grid systemIt’s time for our electrical grid system to get smart. More precisely, it’s time for a smart grid. Our electrical system consists of power-producing plants (coal, natural gas, oil, solar, wind, nuclear and hydro) and consumers of electricity (houses, schools, commercial buildings and industrial plants). The producing plants generate electricity based upon anticipated demand, always…

IKEA installing solar panels on stores in Calgary and Edmonton

In Calgary alone, the reduction of emissions equates to taking about 200 vehicles off the road for a year

IKEA installing solar panels on stores in Calgary and EdmontonIKEA Canada is installing solar panels on its stores in Calgary and Edmonton as part of the retailer’s commitment to renewable energy. Brendan Seale, head of sustainability for IKEA Canada, said the investments support the company’s objectives to manage energy costs effectively, reduce emissions, and achieve energy independence by 2020. Once operational, the solar installations…

Alberta groups awarded $8 million in energy efficiency grants

Multi-year grants intended to create jobs throughout the province

Alberta groups awarded $8 million in energy efficiency grantsTwelve organizations in Alberta are receiving $8 million in multi-year grants to promote energy efficiency throughout the province and create more jobs. On Tuesday, Energy Efficiency Alberta announced the grants ranging from $29,000 for a one-year project to $2.6 million over three years. The announcement includes a complete list of the 12 recipients. “By working…

Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money

Billions of dollars in spending announcements allow politicians to burnish their green credentials. But they don't get the job done

Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money“Around the world, businesses, governments and experts agree that carbon pricing is the cheapest and most efficient way to cut carbon pollution,” Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister, recently tweeted. If what she says is true, it means all other anti-carbon strategies – including regulations and subsidies – are unnecessarily expensive and inefficient.…

Canada shouldn’t stray from climate commitments in face of criticism

We can and should stand firm against outside pressure – principally from the U.S. – and internal pressure from people like Doug Ford

Canada shouldn’t stray from climate commitments in face of criticismBy Brendan Boyd and Barry Rabe EvidenceNetwork.ca Things look bleak these days for the federal government’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. But Canada should stay the course. The framework represents Canada’s primary compliance path with the Paris climate accord, requiring provinces to establish a price on carbon or have one imposed by Ottawa.…

Getting out from under Ontario’s high electricity rates

Premier Doug Ford's new government should cancel existing renewable energy contracts, not just future deals

Getting out from under Ontario’s high electricity ratesBy Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute If its recent throne speech is any indication, Ontario’s new government wants to reverse past mistakes and reduce electricity prices for Ontarians by cancelling 758 expensive green energy contracts with renewable generators for sources such as wind and solar. According to the government’s press release, this…

Make Ontario energy affordable again

Premier Doug Ford must fulfil his promise to scrap the cap-and-trade carbon tax

Make Ontario energy affordable againBack in 2016, Toronto-based Leland Industries announced it would no longer expand in Ontario but instead do so in Illinois. Illinois businesses are themselves fleeing to nearby U.S. states because that state’s business and personal taxes make it an expensive place to do business. That a company would move to high-tax Illinois tells us all we need to know…