Alberta’s tar sands are driving Canadian carbon emissions so high that they are undermining significant progress in other provinces. According to a recent Environment Canada report, the federal government found that since 1990, Canada’s carbon emissions have increased by more than 18 per cent. With a whopping climb in Alberta, emissions jumped by 46 per cent as a result of its growing oil industry. This massive spike has completely drowned out progress in Quebec and Ontario where decisions to shut down coal power plants lead to declines in emissions of 6.8 per cent in Quebec and 5.6 per cent in Ontario. This has placed Canada in a position of scaling back its promises, where instead of cutting emissions by 6 per cent below 1990 levels, it’s now aiming to reduce emission based on 2005 emission levels. This numbers game may make for good political spin, but in reality it could likely have devastating consequences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just reported that without real action to cut emissions from heavy polluting sources like the tar sands, the consequences of climate change will be irreversible. More recently, a report from TD Bank found that Canada will lose up to $40 dollars a year if climate change remains unaddressed.
- Hashtags in use: #emissions, #oil, #gas #cdnpoli
- Report to share: Facility Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting – Overview of Reported 2012 Emissions (Environment Canada)
- Canada is adjusting their promises to accommodate their setbacks. Instead of cutting emissions by 6 per cent below 1990 levels, the country is now aiming to reduce emission based on 2005 emission levels.
- By pushing big oil, Alberta is undermining the progressive moves made by other provinces. Canada’s carbon emissions have increased by more than 18 per cent as a result of the province’s growing oil industry.
- Despite Canada failing to live up to its promises on the Kyoto protocol, Quebec and Ontario have stuck with it and succeeded. Quebec has surpassed their emission target of 6 per cent, reducing provincial emissions by 6.8 per cent. Similarly, Ontario has reduced its emissions by 5.6 per cent. In both cases, transitioning away from coal power was key to cutting harmful emissions.
- Oil industry now Canada’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Canada report reveals (Vancouver Sun)
- Oil and gas sector now Canada’s biggest generator of GHG emission (Cleantech canada)
- Oil and gas sector produces more greenhouse gas emissions than driving cars (Toronto Sun)
Reports, Studies & Useful Links:
- Blog: Because Of Tar Sands, Energy Is Now Canada’s Biggest Greenhouse Gas Source
- Report: Facility Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting – Overview of Reported 2012 Emissions (Environment Canada)
Images and Infographics:
- Dynamic infographic: Per-capita carbon dioxide emissions: actual volume of gas in real-time (Flickr)
- Image: KXL protest (Flickr)
- Image: Tar sands, Alberta (Flickr)
- Image: Tar sands protest (Flickr)
- Image: Climate change refugees (Flickr)
- “We can’t hide from the challenge of regulating that sector. If Canada’s going to play its role in the global fight against climate change there’s no avoiding that we need to have strong regulations for our oil and gas sector.” – P.J. Partington, Analyst, Pembina Institute
- “The oil and gas sector is growing very quickly and pollution is going along with it, so it’s certainly bound to happen given that we’re not taking any action to cut those emissions.” – P.J. Partington, Analyst, Pembina Institute
- “We really do need an extra push and I think that’s something everyone should be supportive of. Not just for the climate benefits, but also in terms of improving our reputation and market access of the sector itself.” – P.J. Partington, Analyst, Pembina Institute
- “We’re simply not going to be able to meet our commitments without taking that action.” – Keith Stewart, Climate & energy campaigner, Greenpeace Canada
- RT @KyleHarrietha “Oil and gas sector now Canada’s biggest generator of greenhouse gases | CP” http://o.canada.com/news/oil-and-gas-sector-now-canadas-biggest-generator-of-greenhouse-gases/ … #cdnpoli
- MT @CanadaInstitute Environment Canada reports oil and gas sector largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions. http://ow.ly/vLnpI
- MT @DecisionLab #Emissions increased from #oil & #gas industry roughly 70 % between 1990 & 2012, Environment Canada.http://bit.ly/1eFyOM3
- MT @jdcas @HFReview_CBU @NSgov @ns_environment Oil and gas sector now Canada’s biggest generator of GHG emissions http://goo.gl/L9EZ8N