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Building a Balanced, Sustainable Economy in North America and Around the World: A Conversation with Thomas Mulcair
Thomas Mulcair, leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party and Leader of the Official Opposition, gave a major speech at the Wilson Center, where he discussed a range of issues including energy, trade, and foreign investment. Mulcair presented his vision for building a sustainable future for Canada’s economy while promoting the values that Canada and the United States share on the world stage. For more information and to watch the event video, click here.
Meeting the North American Energy Infrastructure Challenge
Newly developed energy resources have placed an immense strain on existing North American energy infrastructure. The fast pace of development has created inefficiencies and bottlenecks in our shared system. The Canada Institute welcomed the Hon. Brad Wall, premier of Saskatchewan, Andy Black of AOPL, Brenda Kenny of CEPA, Jim Hoecker (Husch & Blackwell), Roger Martella (Sidley Austin), John Kneiss (Hart Energy), and Nik Nanos for a discussion of the various methods used to transport this new source of energy, the regulatory and legal issues involved in building energy infrastructure, and the environmental and safety risks associated with these projects. For more information and ancillary materials, click here. Full video coming soon.
Power Partnerships: How Canada-U.S. Hydroelectric Partnerships Reinforce America’s Clean Energy Economy
As energy policy conversations move forward in 2013, “all of the above” options must be considered in developing new and renewable sources of energy. The Canada Institute hosted a discussion of the growing cooperative relationship between U.S. utilities and the Canadian hydroelectric industry and how they complement each other. The event featured the Hon. Greg Selinger, premier of Manitoba, and panelists FERC Commissioner Tony Clark, Richard Caperton (Center for American Progress), Stephen Molodetz (Hydro-Québec), and David McMillan (Minnesota Power). For more information and to watch the event video, click here.
Canada Institute Public Policy Scholar Nik Nanos discusses a new Pew poll showing that 66% of Americans support KXL. The poll indicates broad support for KXL, but mixed views on fracking. That support was less than evident when President Obama visited California for a fundraiser at the home of anti-KXL billionaire Thomas Steyer; anti-pipeline protestors were present along the president’s motorcade route. Farmers in Montana are concerned about the effects that the pipeline will have on their crops. Thomas Homer-Dixon took to the pages of the NY Times to voice his concerns about KXL from a Canadian perspective. Deborah Yedlin of the Calgary Herald pushed back on some of the facts used in the Homer-Dixon piece. Former NASA scientist James Hansen and 350.org founder Bill McKibben echoed these concerns in the LA Times and The Nation, respectively. Not to be outdone, the National Review’s Charles Cook did a feature piece on the oil sands. Meanwhile, the CCEMC has proposed a research program to find an end use for carbon.
Ralph Klein, 1942-2013
Former premier of Alberta and mayor of Calgary Ralph Klein passed away on Friday, March 29 at the age of 70. Klein spent a few months with the Canada Institute as a Public Policy Scholar shortly after he stepped down as premier.
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