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Kenneth P. Green

Senior Director, Center for Natural Resource Studies, Fraser Institute

Kenneth P. Green is Senior Director of the Center for Natural Resource Studies at the Fraser Institute. He received his doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an M.S. in Molecular Genetics from San Diego State University, and a B.S. in Biology from UCLA. Mr. Green has studied public policy involving energy, risk, regulation, and the environment for nearly 20 years at public policy research institutions across North America including the Reason Foundation, the Environmental Literacy Council and the American Enterprise Institute. He has an extensive publication list of policy studies, magazine articles, opinion columns, book and encyclopedia chapters, and two supplementary textbooks on climate change and energy policy intended for middle-school and collegiate audiences respectively. Mr. Green’s writing has appeared in major newspapers across the US and Canada, and he is a regular presence on both Canadian and American radio and television. Mr. Green has testified before several state legislatures and regulatory agencies, as well as giving testimony to a variety of committees of the US House, US Senate and the House of Commons.

Recent Research by Kenneth P. Green

— Dec 6, 2016
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Global Petroleum Survey 2016

The 2016 Global Petroleum Survey finds that Alberta continues to look less attractive for investment in the eyes of oil and gas companies, while neighbouring Saskatchewan keeps looking better. In this year’s global ranking, Alberta dropped 18 spots to 43rd out of 96 jurisdictions worldwide, and Saskatchewan is ranked 4th. Globally, Oklahoma is the most attractive jurisdiction for petroleum upstream investments, followed by Texas.

— Oct 25, 2016
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New Homes and Red Tape in Alberta: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor

New Homes and Red Tape in Alberta: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor finds that the City of Calgary is stifling new home builds with burdensome red tape, compared to more development-friendly suburbs. Permit approval times in Calgary for residential developments average a staggering 13.5 months, compared to an average of 7.5 months for five of the city’s suburbs. Edmonton ranked sixth out of 12 municipalities in this updated survey of developers in terms of homebuilding regulations, and Calgary ranked tenth.

— Oct 4, 2016
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New Homes and Red Tape in Ontario: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Amid ongoing concerns about housing affordability in Southern Ontario, New Homes and Red Tape in Ontario: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is an annual survey of homebuilders ranking municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe on several categories of red tape (construction approval times, timeline uncertainty, regulatory costs and fees, rezoning prevalence and the effect council and community groups have on development). The survey —which is part of a broader effort to understand the effects of land-use regulation on Canadian housing supply — finds that the cost of complying with residential development regulations in Toronto is more than twice as expensive than in Hamilton.