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Time for the Hard Work on Meaningful Climate Policy

George Hoberg July 21, 2016 The premiers are meeting in Whitehorse this week, and climate and energy are on the agenda again. For long-frustrated Canadian climate hawks, it’s remarkably refreshing to have a federal government verbally committed to climate action, and … Continue reading

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Over to You, Mr. Trudeau: The Political Perils of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion

George Hoberg May 20, 2016 The National Energy Board has recommended the approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project with 157 conditions. Yesterday’s decision brings the regulatory process created by Stephen Harper to an end. The decision is now … Continue reading

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Recommendation to reject divestment at UBC deeply flawed

George Hoberg February 10, 2016 Last week, the Finance Committee of the UBC Board of Governors voted to endorse the recommendation of its Responsible Investment Policy Committee and reject fossil fuel divestment. The principal rationale for rejecting divestment is that … Continue reading

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Major New Legal Obstacle for Northern Gateway Pipeline

January 13, 2016 George Hoberg A BC Supreme Court judge today invalidated the agreement between the BC and federal governments on the environmental assessment process used to support the approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline. While the decision does not … Continue reading

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Bending the Curve: Alberta’s Tectonic Shift in Climate Policy

George Hoberg November 22, 2015 Rachel Notley’s Government of Alberta made history today by transforming her province from a renegade to a leader on climate policy. The province announced today that it will introduce a $30 per tonne economy wide … Continue reading

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Game over for Keystone KXL: How environmentalists created Obama’s new climate test

George Hoberg November 6, 2015 Obama’s decision today to reject the Keystone XL pipeline brings a seven year saga to a close (well, except for the lawsuits). It is an extraordinary victory for the climate movement, but in this post … Continue reading

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The Softwood Lumber Dispute – a Hoberg Course Brief

George Hoberg and Gabrielle Schittecatte October 10, 2015 Since before Confederation, trade in lumber between Canada and the United States has been politically contentious.  The modern conflict began in 1982, when the US softwood industry asked the US government to … Continue reading

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Formal Government Processes for Policy Production in Canada – A Hoberg Course Brief

George Hoberg September 21, 2015 A public policy is a purposive course of action or inaction by government. Understanding where policies come from requires an understanding of how the formal processes of government work. In Canada, these processes are a … Continue reading

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Nobody Believes You, Mr. Harper: Five Key Energy-Environment Insights from the Opening Canadian 2015 Election Debate

George Hoberg August 7, 2015 Pipeline and climate issues took central stage in last night’s leader’s debate hosted by Maclean’s. There are five main takeaways from the debate. You can watch the debate here, and read transcripts from it here … Continue reading

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Lament for a Nation – The Climate Version

George Hoberg April 15, 2015 Last week, the prestigious Ecofiscal Commission released a report on climate policy that strongly advocated “The Way Forward” (its title) was through carbon pricing by the provinces. It is certainly no surprise that a group … Continue reading

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