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Want a green recovery?

For those who want to influence public policy, it is important to speak up when political decisions are being made. There’s one of those moments this week. Until June 9, there is an opportunity to write to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, which is considering how the Canadian government is spending billions of dollars of our money on COVID-19 response. In particular, the committee is studying:

  • a) certain elements of Bill C-13, An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19;
  • b) the provisions and operations of Bill C-14, A second Act respecting measures in response to COVID-19; and,
  • c) the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences

If you want that money to be spent on building back better, write now to the committee, care of:

Maxime Fortin

Procedural Clerk

SENATE OF CANADA | SÉNAT DU CANADA
Committees Directorate | Direction des comités
40 rue Elgin street | Ottawa K1A 0A4
t: 613-990-6080
maxime.fortin@sen.parl.gc.ca
SenCanada.ca

 Your letter should consist of: 

  • your name and contact information; 
  • summary of your main points; 
  • factual information you would like to committee to be aware of (written evidence should generally not exceed 10 pages and in cases where this is not feasible, an executive summary should be provided); 
  • any specific recommendation that you would like the committee to consider including in its report. 

To see the submissions the Committee has already received (and translated), see https://www.sencanada.ca/en/committees/nffn/Briefs/43-1


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Climate Energy

Oil bailouts: an expensive, polluting way to protect jobs

Bailing out oil companies: an exceptionally expensive and polluting way to preserve jobs. We have much better options. Listen to my interview on CBC’s Metro Morning. #CleanReset

Here is a clearer version of Professor Eric Miller’s excellent chart which I refer to:

If you were wondering, why is Prof. Miller using 2015 data? His answer is that Statistics Canada is slow to update the input-output accounts which are necessary to make these calculations. 2015 is the most recent common year for which StatsCan currently makes available the necessary raw data for both the GHG intensity of each sector and the jobs’ multipliers.

It guess it says something that StatCan provides quarterly estimates of GDP, while their environment-related products tend to lag years…

Why isn’t renewable energy in the list? Much the same reason: StatCan doesn’t provide the necessary data.

The level of aggregation/detail used by Statistics Canada (and by the NAICS
system and other similar accounting of economic sectors) tends to reflect
historically-important activities/sectors than more recent and future-oriented ones.  The manufacture or installation or servicing of wind
and solar (or the electricity produced by them) will be accounted for within
broader aggregations that unfortunately meld renewable and non-renewable energy.

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Climate Energy Environment

Clean50 calls for #CleanReset

I am glad to have been able to help the outstanding Clean50 (contributors to clean capitalism) deliver a compelling letter to the Prime Minister on Earth Day calling for a #CleanReset of our economy. Read it here. If you can, please send it on to your member of Parliament with an endorsement.

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Climate Energy Environment

Canada’s murky bailout deal for oil and gas will cost us all

The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with low oil prices, have created extraordinarily hard times in oil producing provinces such as Alberta, and unemployment not seen since the Great Depression. Quite properly, the federal government has promised to help. But it is shameful that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is using your tax dollars to bail out the oil and gas exploration and production industry, perhaps the wealthiest and most polluting industry in human history. For details, see my op ed in the National Observer.