The danger of ignoring the costs of Canadian climate policy

Consumers, taxpayers, shareholders of Canadian firms and workers will all pay the price for Canada’s cost-insensitive climate policy

The danger of ignoring the costs of Canadian climate policyBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. Your home’s natural gas furnace is on the fritz. You need heat, so you must replace it. There are several options: electric baseboards, electric radiant flooring, a heat pump, or direct gas-fired space heaters. It may also be feasible to use your existing wood fireplace…

Meeting Canada’s aggressive green targets a tall order

Speed and efficiency are not things that Canada’s lumbering and increasingly dysfunctional regulatory systems are known for

Meeting Canada’s aggressive green targets a tall orderBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. Building back ‘clean’ and ‘green’ means trillions of dollars of investment, and the electrification of many machines and activities that presently rely on fossil fuels – from personal vehicles and freight transportation to industrial processes. It’s not hard to understand the growing interest in electricity.…

Federal Clean Fuel Standard is all smoke and mirrors

As proposed, the CFS will do little to reduce GHG emissions, will hike the cost of energy and undermine Canadian energy security

Federal Clean Fuel Standard is all smoke and mirrorsBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. Amid the worst economic and public heath crisis in Canadian history, the federal government has decided to proceed with a major new regulatory initiative that promises to add billions of dollars to the cost of energy for households and businesses in every corner of the…

The unintended consequences of ‘clean and green’

There is no carbon-free energy Valhalla. The environmental impacts of going ‘clean and green’ could be worse than using fossil fuels

The unintended consequences of ‘clean and green’By Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. We all go to the store to purchase things – groceries, clothing, tools or the latest electronic gadget. During the global pandemic, an increasing share of shopping has shifted online. A few clicks and an item soon arrives at our doorstep. We also often demand…

Canada’s economic revival requires broad strategy

A narrow focus on the green/clean sector won’t get the job done. The sector is too small and the workforce’s skill set doesn't suit the goals

Canada’s economic revival requires broad strategyBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. After the shock Canadians have experienced in 2020, an economic recovery that focuses on jobs, incomes and business growth is much more important than whether it’s ‘green’ or some other colour. However, in Canadian politics these days green invariably symbolizes good. Never mind that green…

B.C.’s emissions reduction targets remain out of reach

Absent a wholesale restructuring of the economy, meeting the 2030 goal will be an impossible task

B.C.’s emissions reduction targets remain out of reachBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. Targets. We all know what they mean, or think we do. Several words convey essentially the same notion – e.g., goals, objectives, ambitions and intentions. The idea is about getting something accomplished at some point in the future. This brings us to B.C.’s  greenhouse gas…

Is the low-carbon future upon us now?

Without major technological breakthroughs, the costs of moving quickly to a far less carbon-intensive economy are painfully high

Is the low-carbon future upon us now?By Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of B.C. The International Energy Agency recently estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to an eight per cent decline in worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2020 compared to 2019.  This reflects the impact of a cascading series of economic disruptions across multiple countries since February.…

Baby steps toward restarting our economy

Austria, Denmark and Germany have begun to unfreeze sectors. And Saskatchewan has laid out a cautious four-phase approach

Baby steps toward restarting our economyBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of British Columbia The Great Suppression, the widespread shutdown of most non-essential economic and social activity across much of the world, is both a lived experience and experiment like few others in human history. There have been three other worldwide pandemics in the 20th century – 1918…

Canada well placed to meet world’s growing energy demands

Canada well placed to meet world’s growing energy demandsBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of British Columbia When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, conflict typically ensues. So it is with the world-wide effort to come to grips with the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change. While most countries – minus Donald Trump’s America – have notionally signed on to…