July 08, 2017

A clean-energy future comes with significant costs for Canadians

A clean-energy future comes with significant costs for Canadians

This column appeared in The Globe & Mail:

New policies are coming into force that will profoundly influence how Canadians make a living, heat their homes, and get from place to place. They are the result of politicians accepting climate models pointing to a potentially catastrophic global crisis on our hands.

We are told that without a radical shift away from long-established practices and energy sources, our very way of life is at risk. The major policy vehicle is Canada’s Pan-Canadian Framework, recently released by the federal government and designed to meet or exceed emission targets under the Paris climate agreement. Another is Ottawa’s Clean Fuel Standard.

Through all of this, very basic questions need to be answered: what is all of this going to cost? What will it mean for how Canadians live? And how will it affect Canadian businesses and jobs?

forthcoming study by the Conference Board of Canada 

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