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— May 4, 2017
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Poor Implementation Undermines Carbon Tax Efficiency in Canada

Poor Implementation Undermines Carbon Tax Efficiency in Canada finds that the theoretical benefits of carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes—that they can lower emissions and improve the economy at the same time—are negated by poor implementation such as layering these schemes on top of, instead of replacing existing regulations.

— Feb 28, 2017
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2016

The Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2016, rates 104 jurisdictions around the world based on a combination of their geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and their policy attractiveness. This year, Saskatchewan ranks as the top jurisdiction in the world, followed by Manitoba.

— Feb 28, 2017
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Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2016

Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2016 finds that Canadian jurisdictions are competitive globally when it comes to approving exploratory mining permits, but some provinces are falling behind, and jurisdictions in the U.S., Australia and Scandinavia are more transparent and offer more certainty to miners in the permitting process.

— Jan 17, 2017
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Did the Coal Phase-out Reduce Ontario Air Pollution?

Did the Coal Phase-out Reduce Ontario Air Pollution finds that the coal phase-out produced only a small reduction in fine particulates, a common measure of air pollution, and in Toronto and Hamilton, the reduction was statistically insignificant. In fact, had the province completed its modernization of the coal-fired plants, instead of shutting them down, fine particulate reductions of the same size could have been achieved at a much lower cost.

— 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.

— Aug 16, 2016
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How Alberta's Carbon Emission Cap Will Reduce Oil Sands Growth

How Alberta’s Carbon Emission Cap Will Reduce Oil Sands Growth estimates the Alberta government’s proposed cap on oil sands operations will significantly reduce the industry’s production potential by hundreds of billions of dollars cumulatively between 2025 and 2040, but do very little to curb global greenhouse gas emissions.

— Jul 19, 2016
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The Costs of Pipeline Obstructionism

The Costs of Pipeline Obstructionism finds that the Canadian economy is losing billions of dollars in industry revenues and government royalties due to lengthy delays of pipeline project approvals.

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