12 Oct Canadian Voter Guide: Energy & Environment
The Edmonton Journal recently posted a breakdown of the 4 main parties in Canada’s policies on energy and environment just in time for the
October 19th federal election. Here’s what they identified as key platforms:
The Conservatives have:
– Approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline that would run from Alberta to the coast of Kitimat, B.C.; support the proposed TransCanada Energy East project, a west-to-east oil pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick; support proposed TransCanada Keystone XL oilsands pipeline from Alberta to U.S. Gulf Coast.
– Committed to reducing Canada’s emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, largely relying on provincial measures to meet that goal.
– Agreed with other G7 nations to move to a low-carbon economy by 2050 and eliminate use of fossil fuels by the end of the century.
The NDP promises to:
– Continue opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline; it initially supported concept of west-east pipeline, but says Energy East can’t be approved without more stringent environmental review process; opposes Keystone XL pipeline.
– Create a cap-and-trade system with a market price on carbon emissions; revenue from cap-and-trade would be invested in a greener energy sector in regions where dollars are generated.
– Work with provinces to create a new fund to help Canadians retrofit their homes and offices to save energy and money.
– Redirect $1 billion a year from fossil fuel subsidies to investment in the clean energy sector.
– Invest in Sustainable Development Technology Canada – including wind, hydro, solar and geothermal technologies – to create thousands of new jobs for Canadians.
The Liberals promise to:
– Continue to oppose proposed Northern Gateway pipeline; support Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines.
– Put a price on carbon pollution that allows provinces to design their own carbon pricing policies.
– Partner with provinces and territories to establish national emissions-reduction targets.
– Invest millions in clean technologies and enhance tax measures to create more green jobs.
– Introduce an environmental review process with more “teeth.”
– Hold First Ministers’ meeting with premiers within 90 days of the Paris UN climate change conference this December to establish a framework for reducing Canada’s carbon footprint.
– Increase the amount of Canada’s protected marine and coastal areas to five per cent by 2017 and 10 per cent by 2020.
– Phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.
– Along with the U.S. and Mexico, develop a North American clean energy and environmental agreement.
The Greens promise to:
– Introduce carbon pricing through a fee-and-dividend system to reduce fossil fuel use and encourage private sector investment in green tech, clean energy and green jobs.
– Accelerate construction of green infrastructure, ensuring a majority of Canada’s energy needs come from renewable sources by 2025.
– Work with the provinces to ensure no new coal-fired electrical generation plants are built in Canada.
Source: Edmonton Journal