Canada's federal government used to be out of step.
We all know how that story ended. When President Obama did say no to Keystone late last year, the new Trudeau government's response pivoted straight to cleaner energy, stating that Canada will work with "like-minded countries to combat climate change, adapt to its impacts, and create the clean jobs of tomorrow." In other words: we hear you, and we're going to start talking clean.
Canada, the United States and Mexico have signed a trilateral agreement to mark the start of discussions on the first North American accord on climate change and clean energy. Canada's Energy Minister Jim Carr, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Mexico's secretary of energy, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, signed a memorandum of understanding on North American climate change and energy collaboration in Winnipeg on Friday February 12, 2016.
"It's the fact we are recognizing that our energy relationship is more than just oil, and there is more to the Canada-U.S. relationship than the Keystone pipeline," said Keith Stewart, head of Greenpeace Canada's climate and energy campaign.
The urgent need to move away from energy produced by fossil fuels – such as coal, oil and gas – was made abundantly clear earlier this year when the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report that said the world needed to make a "massive shift" to renewable energy in order to curb climate change.
The end of the fossil era is inevitable and the renewable energy era has already begun. With the renewable job sector already providing more jobs than fossil fuel based sectors it is clear that green, clean energy jobs are key to boosting both the economy and meeting Canada's climate change commitments.
View February 12, 2016 Huffington Post article
View February 12, 2016 Clean Energy Canada article
View February 12, 2016 CTV News article
View January 22, 2016 CNN article
View January 13, 2016 Mashable article
View June 20, 2014 The Guardian article
View Campaign Against Climate Change website