King or Queen for a Day?
Jan 04, 2012 02:07 AM
Oct 18, 2010
If you were Canada's energy minister, what would you do to kick-start the low-carbon transition? Public-transit investments? Subsidy shifts?
Canada has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. It’s a modest goal rendered almost meaningless by the fact that our government has no real policies in place to achieve it.
This distinguishes our nation from many other advanced economies, which have begun working to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, develop more sources of clean energy from renewable sources, and invest heavily in low-carbon buildings, transportation, and infrastructure. As an example, China, the world’s largest overall carbon emitter and an easy scapegoat for climate inaction, is presently leading the world in clean energy investments.
But what if you were in charge? If you were Canada’s energy minister, what would you do to kick-start the low-carbon transition? Public-transit investments? Subsidy shifts? Where would you start? Really, I want to know. Share your thoughts below.