Photo: Our response to the Obama administration's rejection today of the Keystone XL Pipeline

If the federal government truly wants to strengthen Canada’s economy, we should be diversifying our energy production and pursuing safer, cleaner energy sources (Credit Susan Heller via Flickr).

By Ian Bruce, Team Lead, Climate Change and Clean Energy program

This is a pragmatic decision by the Obama administration and should be a wakeup call to our federal government.

The message is clear: from the outcome of the UN Climate Change Summit in Durban to today's decision, climate change is real and major economies worldwide are moving quickly to address this reality.

They are doing this by investing in training and technology to harness renewable energy sources and gain a larger share of the burgeoning market for cleaner technologies and energy.

Canada needs to recognize this profound shift and broaden its singular focus beyond the tar sands, one of the most polluting sources of fossil fuels in the world.

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If the federal government truly wants to strengthen Canada's economy, we should be diversifying our energy production and pursuing safer, cleaner energy sources — one of the fastest growing global industries.

The world's largest economies, including China, other Asian countries and the U.S., are doing this in dramatic ways. That's one reason why the clean energy sector is growing by 30 per cent each year globally.

Our country has massive renewable energy sources. Canada could tap into these to be a renewable energy giant.

Sadly, we risk falling further behind if we continue to focus unduly on outdated, dirty sources of energy.

Please contact Ian Bruce for more information.

January 18, 2012

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Feb 19, 2014
1:09 PM

Excellent blog! It’s helpful information.

Feb 20, 2012
9:46 AM

The ONLY reason we don't currently have alternative (green) energy sources readily available right now, is because of a concerted effort by oil companies/barons to kill all green energy research and innovation. Unless we all fight this tyranny with everything we have, the misinformation and stonewalling will continue and our environment and every living creature on this planet will be the victim. Green energy WOULD be affordable if it was allowed to happen.

Feb 03, 2012
12:27 PM

What would be the differance in greenhouse gas production to the world if we refined tar sands crude in Canada with Canadian standards (which are the most stringent in the world) as opposed to foreign refineries.

Feb 03, 2012
12:20 PM

Alternative energy is hopefully in the future the answer but it is not there yet.

Jan 24, 2012
10:33 AM

If we all consistently applied currently available means to minimize the use of fossil fuels the demand would be so low these types of project would no longer be feasible.

Jan 20, 2012
7:43 PM

Although, President Obama cited bipartisan bickering for the failure of the Keystone Pipeline project, it is single-handedly the most significant decision made in his favour during his presidency. The Conservative Party of Canada should be ashamed of itself by its continued efforts to propagate mistruths that Canadian economic prosperity depends on OIL. This generation is smarter, cleaner, and ironically, more protective of the environment than the "old" white men who grew up out of it and now hell bent on destroying it. Renewable energy is here to stay—let us remember that at the next federal election and VOTE leaders that will mandate this economic reality.

Jan 19, 2012
7:57 AM

yeah homes, we need to be all about the solar panels and geothermal energy! Lets put some wind mills on top of some hills and cliffs or something. Word.

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