Another Assessment of Canada’s Energy Gridlock from Business, Environmentalists, and First Nations

A report released on December 13 is the result of five meetings of a unique gathering of perspectives: business, government, environmental groups, and First Nations. Each of the 21 participants was said to speak as an individual, not representing their constituencies. The project, the Charrette on Energy, Environment and Aboriginal Energy Resource Development in Canada, defined both the problems and the opportunities of Canada’s energy and electricity systems, and concludes that we are in a state of “energy development gridlock.” The path forward, they state, must build on a respect for First Nations concerns and the environment. The report recommends that First Nations be included early in project consultations, that assessments should address cumulative impacts of resource development on traditional lands, (not just project-specific impacts); that First Nations are entitled to greater benefits from resource development, including some form of revenue sharing; that government and industry should monitor the impacts of resource development; all energy companies should be incorporating the best environmental technology to minimize impacts, and that there is a “pressing need for a credible and substantive commitment to reduce Canada’s carbon footprint.”

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For Responsible Energy Resource Development in Canada: Summary of the Dialogue of the Charrette on Energy, Environment and Aboriginal Issues see http://www.theglobeandmail.com/incoming/article15936361.ece/binary/Responsible%20Energy%20Resource%20Development%20in%20Canada%20-final.pdf

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