Edward Greenspon: Oil Chaos and the M.I.A. Strategy
Policy Speaking BlogThursday April 2, 2020
Following 10 months of consultations and conversations, the Your Energy Future Task Forces presented their final reports on March 9, 2018.
Task Force 1 fellows: Diane Adams, James Clark, Lindsay Colley, Bruno Gélinas-Faucher and Alexandria Shrake.
The economic future of rural and Indigenous (R&I) communities is important to all of Canadians. Thirty per cent of Canadians live in rural communities, and more than half of Canada’s export economy depends on rural areas. R&I communities are stewards of the natural resources that all Canadians depend on.
But these communities will be hard-hit by Canada’s energy transition.
This report seeks the path forward for Canada’s energy future. We examine what a low-carbon future means for R&I communities and their economic well-being, and identify strategies and policies that will put R&I communities on a path to resilient and clean economies. To inform our research, we performed a literature review, sought out case studies and consulted with communities, experts in energy and economic development, and R&I youth. This is what we found:
We envision a low-carbon, affordable and resilient Canadian energy future. In this future, rural and Indigenous communities are vibrant places to live and work, and their integrated economies thrive in nation-to-nation partnerships. They are Friends in Low (Carbon) Places.