Peter Nicholson

This week on WONK, host Edward Greenspon talks to Peter Nicholson, chair of the Canadian Climate Institute and author of the recent report Catching the Wind: How Atlantic Canada Can Become an Energy Superpower.

Nicholson has advised leaders of the OECD, major corporations and was instrumental in Canada’s deficit-busting 1995 budget. Today, the dean of public policy thinking in Canada has turned his efforts to the topic of wind power, and its potential to make Atlantic Canada the next great energy region. In this episode he talks about the urgent energy transition, why he ‘marches toward the sound of gunfire,’ and how he became mentor to a young Elon Musk.

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