Natural Resources

— May 28, 2024
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Halfway Between Kyoto and 2050: Zero Carbon Is a Highly Unlikely Outcome finds that the federal government’s plan to achieve “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050 is impractical and unrealistic.

— May 14, 2024
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2023

Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2023, ranks 86 jurisdictions around the world based on their geologic attractiveness (minerals and metals) and government policies that encourage or discourage exploration and investment, finding that Utah is the top-ranked jurisdiction worldwide for mining investment, followed by Nevada, then Saskatchewan.

— Apr 5, 2024
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Three Non-Economic Challenges Facing the Renewable-Energy Transition

Three Non-Economic Challenges Facing the Renewable-Energy Transition is a new study that finds although some costs associated with the transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewables are declining, significant barriers still remain. For example, the large amount of land required for solar and wind power generation, and the significant increase in mining activity and refinement capabilities required to build the wind turbines, solar panels, and energy storage systems.

— Mar 22, 2024
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The Role of Natural Resources in British Columbia's Economy

The Role of Natural Resources in British Columbia’s Economy, by Senior Fellow Philip Cross, is the first essay in a new series looking at public policy in B.C. This essay quantifies the important role natural resources play in British Columbia’s economy, including the impact on both gross domestic product and employment.

— Mar 14, 2024
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Electric Vehicles and the Demand for Electricity

Electric Vehicles and the Demand for Electricity is the latest installment in the Institute’s series on EVs. It finds that Ottawa’s requirement that all new vehicles sold by 2035 be electric could increase Canada’s power demands by as much as 15.3 per cent, requiring the equivalent of 10 new mega hydro dams or 13 large natural gas plants to meet the increased electricity needs.

— Jan 9, 2024
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Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2023

Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2023 is an annual survey that finds this year, out of the 17 energy jurisdictions included in the survey, Wyoming ranked 1st followed by North Dakota (2nd), Saskatchewan (3rd)—Canada’s highest-ranked province— Oklahoma (4th), and Kansas (5th), with Alberta in the 9th position, while British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador are among the least attractive jurisdictions, ranking 14th and 15th, respectively.

— Nov 23, 2023
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Can Metal Mining Match the Speed of the Planned Electric Vehicle Transition? finds that, to meet international government mandates for electric vehicles (EV), 388 new mines must be built to produce the metals required for EV production.

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