Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 08:52 by David B. Layzell, PhD, FRSC

Breakdowns, it is said, can lead to breakthroughs. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, made worse by an oil price war, global governments have quite rightly focused on protecting immediate needs for safety, healthcare, food and shelter. But looking forward, national economies will need to be rebuilt.

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 06:45 by David B. Layzell, PhD, FRSC , Ralph Torrie

The decline in the energy intensity of the Canadian economy between 1995 and 2010 reduced annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by nearly 200 Mt CO2e – at least five times more than the impact of phasing out coal-fired power in Ontario, a measure that is often cited as the single largest GHG reduction measure in North America.  Clearly, there is an elephant in the room.

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 09:15 by David B. Layzell, PhD, FRSC , Ralph Torrie

With all the attention paid to the growth of oil and gas production for export, it is easy to lose sight of the other side of Canada’s energy story in recent years: the dramatic increase in the productivity of fuel and electricity use in the domestic economy.

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