Of Pipelines and Paris Targets – February 8, 2017

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This week, we’ll get things flowing with Canadian energy policy.

This edition of the brief was prepared by Caleb Holden and Leah Mulholland.

Drill, Baby, Drill? 


  • In case you haven’t been keeping track, the pipeline tally between “Pipeline PM” Trudeau and Stephen Harper is at 3-nil, after recent conditional approvals for Trans Mountain, Line 3, and Keystone XL. Time will tell if and how these projects move forward. [Brent Rathgeber / iPolitics]
  • From the mechanics of pipelines to the resources they transport, this explainer offers a rundown on Canada’s pipelines, including how they impact our everyday lives, our economy, our international relationships, and the environment. [Ian T.D. Thomson / PPGR]
  • If the days of “drill, baby, drill” ever existed in Canada, they are now long gone. This explainer outlines the process by which new pipeline projects must comply with a framework of federal statutes and seek the approval of the National Energy Board. [Ian T.D. Thomson / PPGR]
  • President Trump has issued an executive order to advance the original Dakota Access pipeline construction proposal, which had been halted by protests in December. How do the ripple effects of the #NoDAPL protests challenge this and future pipeline projects? [Shawn McCarthy and Justine Hunter / The Globe and Mail]
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is adamant that new energy projects are consistent with Canada’s Paris Accord commitment to cut emissions by 30 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030. Will the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change be enough to get us there? [Beyond the Headlines / CIUT]

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