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Analysis finds stronger climate policies needed to encourage a switch away from coal use, and a reduced role for natural gas in a carbon-constrained world
Jan. 14, 2009 Alberta Can Meet Future Power Demand with Green Energy
Alberta's growing demand for electricity can be entirely met by tapping into the province's vast renewable energy resources, creating new jobs and opportunities in the clean energy industries of the future.
Oct. 21, 2011 Alberta court denies Maxim coal plant challenge Contentious expansion project to go-ahead
An Alberta court has rejected Ecojustice's challenge, launched on behalf of the Pembina Institute, of the Alberta Utilities Commission's (AUC) approval of a controversial coal-fired power plant expansion.
May 28, 2014 Alberta has the “Power to Change” its reliance on coal: report New analysis finds renewable electricity ultimately cheaper than over-reliance on fossil fuels
Within 20 years, Alberta has the potential to drastically reduce its over-reliance on fossil fuels for power generation and replace it with renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, biomass, hydro and geothermal energy, according to a new report released today by Clean Energy Canada and the Pembina Institute.
May 2, 2008 Alberta Industry Fails to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution Government's approach delivers under half the targeted reductions
On April 30 the Government of Alberta announced the results of the first year of its targets to reduce industrial greenhouse gas "intensity." The preliminary results indicate that only about half of the mandatory reductions were actually achieved.
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.
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.
Albertans have in a very strong interest in home energy efficiency and support an updated provincial building code that includes stronger energy efficiency standards for new homes.
March 9, 2007 An Embarrassing Week for Albertans: Stelmach's Proposals on Climate Change Will Actually Legislate an Increase in Emissions
Far from showing leadership, the Alberta government's new climate change proposals will allow emissions to increase and shift an unfair burden to taxpayers, the Pembina Institute said today.
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.
April 28, 2008 B.C. Environmental Groups Applaud Carbon Tax Legislation
A coalition of more than 16 environmental groups from across British Columbia welcomed the introduction of the province’s landmark carbon tax into the Legislature today.
April 5, 2010 Better transportation policies could cut driving time and remove one million cars' worth of greenhouse gas emissions from the Greater Golden Horseshoe But recent transit budget cuts will result in more, not fewer, cars on the road
Making key improvements to personal transportation policies would result in greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to taking one million vehicles off the road and also reduce driving time for commuters, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute.
April 16, 2009 British Columbia's Oceans, Climate and First Nations at Risk from Enbridge Pipeline Review Process
Living Oceans Society, the Pembina Institute, and ForestEthics are calling on the federal government to significantly strengthen the proposed environmental assessment for the proposed Enbridge Gateway Pipeline.
Aug. 16, 2012 British Columbians Imagine a Better Future
The Better Future Fund initiative invites British Columbians to share ideas on how the proceeds from an expanded carbon tax could help their communities fight global warming.
June 30, 2011 British Columbians support the carbon tax: poll
A new poll explores British Columbians' opinons about the carbon tax.
Oct. 19, 2012 British Columbians willing to pay more carbon tax: poll
The carbon tax is motivating behaviour changes in British Columbians and many are supportive of further rate increases if revenue is invested in ways that align with their priorities, a new opinion poll has found.
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.
In an open letter released today, 85 British Columbia business leaders call on the provincial government to reaffirm and strengthen its leadership on climate change.
Feb. 20, 2008 Canada's Climate Coalition Applauds B.C. Budget B.C. price on carbon pollution helps fill void left by federal inaction
Climate Action Network Canada, a coalition of more than 50 organizations from across the country, applauds Premier Campbell's decision to put a price on carbon pollution.
Feb. 26, 2008 Candidates' Perspectives on Oilsands Compared with Albertan's Views Pembina releases results of all-candidate oilsands survey
Today, the Pembina Institute released the results of an all-candidate survey about oilsands development.
March 27, 2008 Cap and Trade System Could Tackle the Source of 40% of British Columbia's Greenhouse Gas Pollution
Today, the Pembina Institute released a new report outlining how a cap and trade system, if designed right, could help reduce the pollution that causes global warming from British Columbia's largest emitters.
When interim finance minister Shirley Bond moves into her office next week, she will find her desk piled with more than 1,500 letters from British Columbians encouraging her to recommit to climate leadership.
June 25, 2012 Carbon tax is good for B.C. say business, environmental and community leaders New study finds consensus across sectors on concern for climate change and need for climate policies such as a carbon tax
A new study investigating a broad range of perspectives on British Columbia’s carbon tax shows that, across economic and social sectors, most think the policy has been positive for the province.
An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. The assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets: liquefied natural gas (LNG), oil pipelines, the carbon tax and green jobs.
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.
A coalition of more than 50 organizations from across the country, commends Premier McGuinty's decision to establish a Climate Change Secretariat in the Cabinet Office.
Oct. 10, 2008 Climate Action Team Moves Province One Step Closer to a Low Carbon Future Provincial leaders must now implement climate change recommendations
The recommendations of British Columbia's Climate Action Team are a positive step forward in reducing the province's greenhouse gas emissions, says a coalition of environmental and sustainability organizations.
The EnCana Cabin Gas Plant proposed for northeast British Columbia could emit 2.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year - the equivalent of adding almost 450,000 cars to British Columbia roads.
With public hearings into a proposed oilsands mine expansion set to begin today, a coalition of environmental groups is calling on the joint federal-provincial review panel to reject the project.
Environmentalists said that the electricity plan submitted to the OEB will not achieve the level of GHG reductions necessary for any of the four major parties to achieve the climate change targets they've put into their platforms.
Feb. 6, 2014 Énergie Est : un nouveau rapport évalue l'impact de l'oléoduc sur le climat Le projet d’oléoduc ouest-est aurait des répercussions majeures sur l’environnement
Le projet d’oléoduc Énergie Est entraînerait une augmentation importante des émissions de gaz à effet de serre générées au Canada, selon la première évaluation publique portant sur les conséquences en amont de la mise en place de l’oléoduc ouest-est et les effets sur le climat.
April 14, 2015 Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers New report shows how success of multi-province energy strategy depends on addressing oilsands expansion plans, including west-to-east pipeline
As Canada’s premiers meet in Quebec City to discuss climate change, a new report from the Pembina Institute outlines key considerations and challenges for provincial discussions of a Canadian Energy Strategy.
Feb. 6, 2014 Energy East: new report assesses pipeline's climate impact Proposed west-to-east pipeline would have major environmental ramifications
The proposed Energy East pipeline would enable a significant increase in Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the first public estimate of the west-to-east pipeline’s upstream climate impact.
March 30, 2007 Environment Groups Sue to Block Federal Reliance on "Phantom" Mitigation for the Oilsands
Sierra Legal, on behalf of a coalition of environmental organizations, filed an application yesterday for a Federal Court judicial review of the Joint Panel report assessing the Imperial Oil Kearl Oilsands project north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Sept. 7, 2007 Environment Groups' Education Campaign on Ontario's Energy Future Moves into Election Mode "Renewable is Doable"
"Renewable is Doable" is the key message of a voter education campaign launched today by WWF-Canada, The Pembina Institute, Greenpeace, Ontario Clean Air Alliance and Sierra Club, Ontario Chapter. The groups are asking Ontarians to consider a clean, climate-friendly energy future when they cast their ballot on October 10.
B.C.’s carbon tax has many British Columbians talking, but the debate has also stirred up a lot of confusion. To help clear the air, a coalition of environmental groups today released a Reality Check fact sheet on the top five misconceptions about the tax.
Several environmental organizations today released a blueprint for improving the planning and development of renewable electricity projects in British Columbia. The recommendations, authored by the David Suzuki Foundation, the Pembina Institute, Watershed Watch Salmon Society and West Coast Environmental Law, have been endorsed by 25 environmental organizations across the province.
March 18, 2007 Environmental Groups Set the Bar for Ontario Political Parties: Groups Outline Action Priorities for the Province
A group of leading Ontario environmental organizations today released detailed policy agendas for the province in six key areas. français
The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (OSEC) — comprised of the Pembina Institute, the Alberta Wilderness Association and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association, and represented by Ecojustice — will present evidence this week that clearly demonstrates that the Shell Jackpine mine expansion is not in the public interest.
Dec. 10, 2008 Environmental Review of Pickering B Nuclear Plant Overlooks Serious Threats Green Energy Better for the Environment than Rebuilding Pickering, Environmental Groups Say
The federal nuclear regulator should not allow the Pickering B nuclear station to be rebuilt because the agency's badly flawed review does not assess the significant hazards the plant poses to the environment and the public, environmental groups told the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission today at its public hearing in Ajax.
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