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Sept. 20, 2011 New analysis compares Ontario election promises on clean energy, climate action and sustainable transportation
A detailed platform analysis released today by the Pembina Institute compares the commitments the Ontario Liberal, NDP and Progressive Conservative parties have made on a range of sustainable energy priorities.
The analysis looks at where the parties stand on issues such as investing in renewable power generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating incentives for energy conservation and expanding transit systems.
Two reports call on B.C. to keep a closer eye on the shale gas industry.
Sept. 5, 2011 Pembina reacts to Ontario Liberal Party platform
Burda, Ontario Policy Director at the Pembina Institute, comments on the release of the Ontario Liberal Party's platform.
Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program, comments on the release today of a revised draft of the Government of Alberta's Lower Athabasca Regional Plan.
Aug. 11, 2011 Pembina reacts to Ontario NDP green energy commitments
The Pembina Institute comments on the Ontario NDP's green energy commitments made in the party's Affordable Green Choices document.
Aug. 10, 2011 Alberta Utilities Commission fails to protect public interest with final coal plant approval Approval weakens standards for greenhouse gas pollution in Alberta and could undermine upcoming federal coal regulations
Today's final decision by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to approve a coal plant expansion proposed by Maxim Power Corp. represents a serious failure by the AUC to safeguard the public interest that could undermine upcoming federal greenhouse gas regulations, according to two of Canada's leading environmental groups.
Aug. 2, 2011 Alberta Utilities Commission faces court challenge over approval of Milner coal plant expansion Failure to hold public hearing, expedited approval sparks lawsuit
Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are taking the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to court over its decision to grant Maxim Power Corp.'s coal plant expansion interim approval without a public hearing.
The Pembina Institute responds to the statement and action plan on devleoping a national energy framework released at the conclusion of the 2011 Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference in Kananaskis, Alberta.
Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, will attend the open session on developing a national energy framework at the Canadian Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference in Kananaskis, Alta., and will be available to comment on the ministers' discussion and the outcome of the conference.
July 14, 2011 Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada? New report finds numerous problems with push to expand natural gas production
Some common government and industry assumptions about the role of natural gas in combating climate change do not hold up to scrutiny, according to an in-depth study released today by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute.
July 14, 2011 Le gaz naturel est-il une bonne solution pour contrer le changement climatique au Canada? Une nouvelle étude révèle de nombreux problèmes quant à l’expansion de la production de gaz naturel
Certaines des hypothèses avancées par les gouvernements et l'industrie à propos du rôle du gaz naturel dans la lutte aux changements climatiques ne tiennent pas la route selon une étude minutieuse publiée aujourd'hui par la Fondation David Suzuki et l'Institut Pembina.
July 6, 2011 New study finds cancelling the Green Energy Act would have little effect on electricity prices in Ontario Modelling shows current renewable energy plans likely to have less impact on consumer electricity bills than uncertainty around future nuclear and natural gas prices
Ontario consumers would see virtually no relief from high electricity prices if the province cancelled its support for renewable energy under the Green Energy Act, according to new research released today by the Pembina Institute.
Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program responds to the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel's report.
June 30, 2011 British Columbians support the carbon tax: poll
A new poll explores British Columbians' opinons about the carbon tax.
June 22, 2011 Woodland caribou battle goes to Federal Court Aggressive oilsands development places iconic species’ habitat — and future — in peril
Environmental groups are in Federal Court today to fight for immediate protection of caribou habitat facing unchecked oilsands development in northeastern Alberta.
Severson-Baker responds to Alberta's GHG compliance report.
April 28, 2011 New report outlines solutions to improve oilsands management 19-point plan identifies policies required to protect the environment and restore Alberta’s international reputation
The Alberta government could protect the environment and achieve responsible oilsands development by adopting key policy changes, recommended in a new report by the Pembina Institute.
Cherise Burda, director of Ontario Energy Solutions for the Pembina Institute, responded to the Ontario government's announcement that coal-fired power production has been reduced by 90 per cent since 2003.
April 5, 2011 Pembina Institute calls for independent science review of draft oilsands plan Independent scientists should validate Lower Athabasca Regional Plan to ensure the regional environment will be protected and to restore trust in government oversight
The Government of Alberta should commission an independent science panel to review its draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan as part of the consultation process, the Pembina Institute said following the release of the draft plan April 5.
Nathan Lemphers, policy analyst with the Pembina Institute, responded to the Government of Alberta announcement of a new oilsands mine reclamation security policy.
March 15, 2011 New report finds strong climate policies create jobs while reducing emissions Upcoming federal budget should increase support for renewable energy and efficiency programs, research suggests
Canada's governments could create more jobs by implementing strong climate policies than by maintaining the status quo, according to a new report on the effects of climate change policies on employment released today by the Pembina Institute.
On the heels of Mayor Rob Ford's financing proposal for a subway along Sheppard Ave., the Pembina Institute today released new analysis that offers a more fiscally responsible solution, one that doesn't put Torontonians at risk of footing the bill for future debt.
Rather, Pembina presents an ideal compromise: a transit plan for Toronto that combines subway, light rail, underground and surface transit options.
Feb. 16, 2011 Business leaders call for B.C. leadership candidates to take next steps on climate change
Today 113 business leaders released a letter encouraging Liberal and NDP leadership candidates to chart the next steps in the B.C.'s move toward a low-carbon economy.
Feb. 10, 2011 Pembina Reacts: B.C. mayors call for climate leadership from Liberal and NDP leadership candidates
Matt Horne, director of British Columbia Energy Solutions for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to eight B.C. mayors releasing an open letter to leadership candidates asking them to prioritize the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Jan. 28, 2011 Approval of Total oilsands mine deeply flawed
Environmental groups are condemning the approval of the Total Joslyn North Mine project, which fails to meet legal requirements for cumulative impacts assessment and ignores growing concerns about lack of government oversight and monitoring.
Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, responds to Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach's
announced plans to resign after the current legislative term with a look back at the Premier's environmental record.
The Pembina Institute responds to Nova Scotia's renewable electricity generation target.
Oct. 25, 2010 Manitoba Premier and First Nations recognized for efforts to protect boreal heritage site Top executives of Canadian environmental groups to present first Environmental Leadership Award for promotion of Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project
The top executives of major Canadian environmental groups will present Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Pimachiowin Aki Corporation with the groups' inaugural Environmental Leadership Award at a reception Monday evening, in recognition of their efforts to secure UNESCO World Heritage status for the Pimachiowin Aki site.
Oct. 25, 2010 Un Prix pour le premier ministre du Manitoba et les Premières Nations : protection de la forêt boréale Les organisations écologistes du Canada décernent leur tout premier Prix de leadership écologiste pour souligner le projet d’inscription du site Pimachiowin Aki au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO
Les dirigeants des principales organisations écologistes du Canada remettront ce soir leur Prix de leadership écologiste au premier ministre du Manitoba, Greg Selinger, et à l'organisme Pimachiowin Aki Corporation. Le prix est décerné en reconnaissance du travail accompli par les récipiendaires pour faire inscrire le site Pimachiowin Aki au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO.
Aug. 19, 2010 Report recommends five steps to cut Ontario's oil use, protect the environment and save money From the Gulf oil spill to the oilsands, Ontario drivers can make a difference
Bridging the Gulf highlights the connection between the choices made by commuters in Ontario, and the negative impacts of oil extraction in North America in light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and ongoing ecological impacts from oilsands development. It focuses exclusively on personal transportation — how Ontarians get around every day — and presents five key actions to reduce oil use based on policy changes that are already underway in the province.
Choosing to scale up green energy to replace the retiring Pickering nuclear station is more affordable for Ontarians than buying expensive replacement reactors, says a report released today by Renewable is Doable, an alliance of organizations including the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Greenpeace. Last summer, Ontario suspended its purchase of two new replacement reactors when their cost reportedly topped $26 billion — $20 billion more than expected in 2007.
Aug. 5, 2010 Pembina reacts to Stelmach oilsands PR at Council of the Federation Strong economic growth does not have to mean more pollution
In response to comments made by Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach at a Council of the Federation meeting, Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, responds that other Canadian provinces clearly demonstrate that you don't need to increase pollution in order to achieve strong economic growth.
July 5, 2010 Pembina reacts to Toronto transportation report Provincial action also key to solving GTA traffic crisis
Cherise Burda, Director of the Pembina Institute's Transportation program, applauds the Toronto City Summit Alliance for proposing tough but progressive measures to fund transit and relieve congestion in Toronto — but cautions that effectively resolving Toronto's traffic issues will require strong action by the Ontario government as well.
June 24, 2010 Federal government out of step with leading thinkers on sustainability, climate and energy issues: survey
The federal government is out of step with leading thinkers on issues related to sustainability, energy and climate change, according to the results of a groundbreaking survey of more than 5,000 experts and government officials.
Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, says proposed future federal coal regulations are a "comitment in principle" that must be backed by a massive scale-up of government support for renewable energy, and a clear plan to reach Canada's 2020 climate target.
Cherise Burda, Ontario Policy Director for the Pembina Institute, responded to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario's (ECO) annual greenhouse gas progress report. The Pembina Institute applauds the report and supports its five main recommendations.
May 26, 2010 Climate Action Network Canada Calls on Finance Minister to Take his Department's Advice and Phase out Fossil Fuel Subsidies
A leaked memo to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty advised the minister to live up to a G20 commitment to phase out tax breaks to the companies that produce coal, oil and gas. With just four weeks left before the G20 summit in Toronto, it's time for Minister Flaherty and Prime Minister Harper to commit to a Canadian plan to end tax breaks to fossil fuel producers.
May 6, 2010 False claims highlight Alberta's inadequate GHG regulations Provincial regulations have no material effect on growing emissions from oilsands
The Alberta government made false claims yesterday about greenhouse gas emissions.
Matthew Bramley, Director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, responded to today's House of Commons vote on Bill C-311. Due to support from opposition party MPs, the bill passed third reading in the House of Commons and is headed to the Senate. C-311 would require the federal government to adopt annual climate change plans and regulations to reach science-based emissions targets.
April 23, 2010 Pembina Reacts to Nova Scotia Renewable Energy Plan Nova Scotia tables plan to move from 75% coal power to 40% in less than 10 years
Tim Weis, Director of the Pembina Institute's Renewable Energy and Efficiency Program, responded to Nova Scotia's Renewable Energy Plan.
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