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