Natural Resources

— Jul 18, 2024
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Economic Impact and GHG Effects of Fed Govt's ERP thru 2030

The Economic Impact and GHG Effects of the Federal Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan through 2030 is a new study that finds Ottawa’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will impose significant costs on Canadians, while also failing to meet the government’s own emission-reduction target.

— Jul 4, 2024
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Ottawa’s Regulatory Assault on the Extraction Sector and Its Impact on Investment

Ottawa’s Regulatory Assault on the Extraction Sector and its Impact on Investment is the latest installment in the Institute’s essay series on federal policy reforms. Authored by Senior Fellow Kenneth Green, this essay spotlights the excessive regulatory burden that has been imposed on the oil and gas sector in Canada over the past 10 years and highlights how much-needed business investment in the industry has declined as a result.

— Jun 21, 2024
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An Evaluation of Canada's Progress Towards Meeting 2026 and 2030 GHG Emission Reduction Targets

An Evaluation of Canada’s Progress Towards Meeting the 2026 and 2030 GHG Emission Reduction Targets, by Senior Fellow Ross McKitrick, is part of the Institute’s series on federal policy reforms. It finds that the federal government is unlikely to meet its 2026 or 2030 GHG emission reduction targets because of rising living standards for Canadians and the recent surge in population growth through increased immigration.

— May 28, 2024
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Halfway Between Kyoto and 2050: Zero Carbon Is a Highly Unlikely Outcome finds that the federal government’s plan to achieve “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050 is impractical and unrealistic.

— May 14, 2024
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2023

Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2023, ranks 86 jurisdictions around the world based on their geologic attractiveness (minerals and metals) and government policies that encourage or discourage exploration and investment, finding that Utah is the top-ranked jurisdiction worldwide for mining investment, followed by Nevada, then Saskatchewan.

— Apr 5, 2024
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Three Non-Economic Challenges Facing the Renewable-Energy Transition

Three Non-Economic Challenges Facing the Renewable-Energy Transition is a new study that finds although some costs associated with the transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewables are declining, significant barriers still remain. For example, the large amount of land required for solar and wind power generation, and the significant increase in mining activity and refinement capabilities required to build the wind turbines, solar panels, and energy storage systems.

— Mar 22, 2024
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The Role of Natural Resources in British Columbia's Economy

The Role of Natural Resources in British Columbia’s Economy, by Senior Fellow Philip Cross, is the first essay in a new series looking at public policy in B.C. This essay quantifies the important role natural resources play in British Columbia’s economy, including the impact on both gross domestic product and employment.

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