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This research area covers policies pertaining to Canada’s energy and other natural resources and that concern Canada’s ability to exploit this source of comparative advantage.  These may include issues related to regulatory processes, the environment, taxation, skills, and infrastructure affecting energy and resources activities.

A Crisis of Our Own Making: Prospects for Major Natural Resource Projects in Canada
February 21, 2019 - Grant Bishop and Grant Sprague
Bill C-69 threatens to further depress investment in the natural resources sector and delay projects by unnecessarily exposing them to political risk, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute....
Dammed If You Do: How Sunk Costs Are Dragging Canadian Electricity Ratepayers Underwater
January 17, 2019 - A.J. Goulding and Jarome Leslie
Cost-overruns at several large-scale hydro projects in Canada raise questions about the economic viability of continuing construction to completion. In “Dammed If You Do: How Sunk Costs Are Dragging...
The Rocky Road to Canada-wide Carbon Pricing
October 17, 2018 - Tracy Snoddon
Ottawa should rebate revenues from its carbon pricing backstop directly to citizens in non-compliant provinces that reject its plan, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The...
Speed Bump Ahead: Ottawa Should Drive Slowly on Clean Fuel Standards
July 19, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis
Ottawa should clear up confusion about its plans for clean fuel standards, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute.  In “Speed Bump Ahead: Ottawa Should Drive Slowly on Clean Fuel...
Death by a Thousand Cuts? Western Canada’s Oil and Natural Gas Policy Competitiveness Scorecard
February 1, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis
Government policies are piling on to reduce the competitiveness of energy producers in Western Canada, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In the first edition of the annual...
All’s Well that Ends Well: Addressing End-of-Life Liabilities for Oil and Gas Wells
September 28, 2017 - Benjamin Dachis, Blake Shaffer and Vincent Thivierge
If Alberta doesn’t change how it requires companies to finance their own oil and gas well cleanup costs, the energy industry and, ultimately, taxpayers in Alberta face cleanup costs of up to $8...
Grant Bishop - Ottawa needs a Plan B if courts find only it can regulate GHGs
Intelligence Memos
To: The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice From: Grant Bishop Date: February 22, 2019 Re: Ottawa needs a...
Dyer, Ragan, Shaffer - After Redwater, Environmental Cleanup Risks Remain
Intelligence Memos
From: Simon Dyer, Chris Ragan and Blake Shaffer To: Alberta taxpayers Date: February 5, 2019 Re: After Redwater, Environmental Cleanup Risks Remain The Supreme Court of Canada last week overturned...
Blake Shaffer - You get what you pay for: Cost and value in renewables procurement
Intelligence Memos
From: Blake Shaffer To: Canadian Energy Policymakers Date: December 18, 2018 Re: You get what you pay for: Cost and value in renewables procurement   When buying a car, one tends not to look only at...
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  • What’s at Stake? The Challenges Facing Resource-Sector Investment in Canada
Roundtable Luncheon with Chris Bloomer, Sheila Leggett, and Grant Sprague
Calgary, 421 7 Ave SW #4000
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
28 Feb 2019
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  • Inside Access: A Crisis of Our Own Making - Prospects for Major Natural Resource Projects in Canada
Exclusive Members Only Call with one of the authors, Grant Bishop
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
25 Oct 2018
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  • Inside Access: The Rocky Road to Canada-wide Carbon Pricing
Exclusive Members Only call with author Tracy Snoddon
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
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