The Drilldown: Canada Joins International Green Energy Agency

The Lead

Canada is now a member of an intergovernmental agency that promotes the use of wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

On Wednesday, the federal government announced it was joining the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “The growing green economy is among the greatest economic opportunities for Canada in a generation,” Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said in a news release.

The move comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deals with protests from pro- and anti-pipeline camps, most recently at a town hall in Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday night.

Participation in IRENA requires members to be “willing and able” to follow the “objectives and activities” in the agency’s statute, signed in 2009. IRENA has described Canada as an “important market” for renewables over the long term, >the National Observer reports.

In Canada

After protests by the Wet’suwet’en First Nation this week, the proposed Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline could face another roadblock as the National Energy Board (NEB) determines whether the project should come under federal control.

The NEB launched a multi-step process last fall to determine whether the $4.8-billion pipeline should fall under federal jurisdiction and perhaps undergo further regulatory review — ​potentially delaying the project for months, >the CBC reports. A hearing has yet to be scheduled, but the NEB has listed several filing deadlines between January and March.

The case was brought forward by Michael Sawyer, an environmental consultant with over two decades of experience in Alberta’s energy sector. Sawyer argues the project should fall under federal jurisdiction, while TransCanada says a jurisdictional change would hinder Canadian competitiveness.

Internationally

Court filings submitted today show that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV agreed to a settlement worth $800 million to resolve claims by the U.S. Justice Department and the state of California that the firm used illegal software that produced false results in diesel-emissions tests.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler said it “maintains its position that the company did not engage in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat emissions tests.” The settlement includes $311 million in civil penalties, up to $280 million to resolve claims from diesel owners, and extended warranties worth $100 million. The settlement pertains to 104,000 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles >from model years 2014 to 2016.

On Thursday morning, >Brent Crude was at US$60.82 and West Texas Intermediate US$51.62.

Noteworthy

In Opinion

By demanding “balance” in reporting on climate change, the fossil-fuel industry transformed a real threat into a partisan debate, Amy Westervelt writes for the Washington Post. “We know that was a deliberate strategy, because various internal documents … reveal not only the industry’s strategy to target media with this message and these experts, but also its own preemptive debunking of the very theories it went on to support.” Westervelt calls on news media to stop being tools in the industry’s “information war.”

Source : https://ipolitics.ca/2019/01/10/the-drilldown-canada-joins-international-green-energy-agency/

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