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Break down the trade-offs and hard truths of the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond with energy experts David Keith, Sara Hastings-Simon and Ed Whittingham.


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Break down the trade-offs and hard truths of the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond with energy experts David Keith, Sara Hastings-Simon and Ed Whittingham.


    2021 U.S. Energy and Climate Policy Update

    2021 U.S. Energy and Climate Policy Update

    David, Sara, Ed, and special guest Professor Jody Freeman of Harvard Law School break down what the first year of the Biden Administration means for Canadian energy and climate policy.

    @1:32  @JodyFreemanHLS
    @2:46 Top-emitting Alberta oilsands site got government relief from pollution payments
    @6:47 Reframing incentives for climate policy
    @13:06 American Leadership on Clean Cars
    @13:29 U.S Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan
    @13:58 EPA power plant rules
    @14:27 Joe Biden wants America to lead the world against the climate crisis.
    @14:57 Clean Electricity: A Net-Zero Grid By 2035
    @21:02 Conservative Supermajority on the Supreme Court
    @22:35 Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022
    @23:13 US inflation surges to 30-year high
    @25:29 Supreme Court Move Could Stymie EPA Regulation
    @28:27 Supreme Court of Canada upholds the constitutionality of federal carbon pricing legislation
    @29:54 Summary of the Clean Air Act
    @34:31 How we passed the clean power plan target a decade early
    @36:14 Tesla Loan Program
    @38:53 Renewable Portfolio Standards
    @44:10 US tax credit encourages investment in carbon capture and storage
    @49:09 How the ‘Culture War’ could break democracy
    @55:42 O’Toole would cut emissions to meet target set by Harper, rejects Liberals’ new, more aggressive goal
    @57:15 Canada’s output-based pricing system

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Careers in Low-Carbon Energy

    Careers in Low-Carbon Energy

    On Episode 25 of Energy vs Climate, David, Sara and Ed tackle a topic they often get questions about: how to get into the low-carbon energy field. 
    They share advice for people looking to start or transition their careers from a variety of professionals across sectors, and offer stories of their own paths to working in low-carbon energy.


    @2:00 Jeremy Barretto - Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
    @4:18 Duncan Kenyon - Hilversum Sustainability Consulting
    @5:53 Jackie Forrest - Arc Energy Research Institute
    @8:45 Mike Kelland - Planetary Hydrogen
    @10:30 – My Climate Journey, Work on Climate, Air Miners, Breakthrough Energy Fellows Program, Carbon 180 Fellowship Program
    @13:25 Leap and Google Nest Launch Smart-Thermostat-to-Energy-Market Offering
    @15:00 Janice Tran - Kanin Energy
    @ 16:15 Creative Destruction Lab
    @18:43 Tim Weis - University of Alberta
    @23:20 Meredith Adler - Student Energy
    @24:30 Future Skills Council Report from the Government of Canada
    @25:40 MSc in Sustainable Energy Development at the UofC
    @32:30 Measuring Temperature in Space: Airborne interferometer for atmospheric emission and solar absorption
    @38:20  Dr. David Schindler Aquatic Scientist
    @42:22 Dr. Jim Sandercock - NAIT
    @43:55 Julia-Marie Becker - RBC
    @45:00 Eric St Pierre - Trottier Family Foundation
    @46:45 Terri-Lynn Duque - ENMAX power
    @48:30 David Kelly Founder - SkyFireEnergy
    @49:44 Anna Stukas - Carbon Engineering
    @ 51:45 The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success by Mark Jaccard
    @52:30 Dr. Julio Freedman - Carbon Wrangling 

    • 53 min
    Is Heat the Greatest Climate Threat?

    Is Heat the Greatest Climate Threat?

    On Episode 24 of Energy vs Climate, David, Sara and Ed are joined by Rolling Stone contributing editor and author Jeff Goodell, to discuss the impacts of heat on humans, the topic of Jeff’s current book project. From heat-wave deaths, to reduced ability to learn, to the effect on economic input, who will suffer the most, and what does it mean for the politics of the energy transition?

    @ 0:54 B.C. heat wave leads to 11-hour ambulance wait time, spike in sudden deaths
    @ 1:07 The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson review – how to solve the climate crisis
    @ 1:46 New York Times Review: The Water will come: Rising Seas, sinking cities and the remaking of the civilized world
    @ 2:53 Mortality risk attributable to high and low ambient temperature: a multicountry observational study
    @5:21 One extra day > 32C in first trimester --> 50$ less income at age 30.
    @5:59 Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production
    @6:24 Hot Temperature and High Stakes Exams: Evidence from New York City Public Schools
    @ 15:05 Global heating ‘may lead to epidemic of kidney disease’
    @ 15:51Death toll exceeded 70,000 in Europe during the summer of 2003
    @ 17:03 The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future
    @ 18:32 At COP26, 100000 march for climate justice
    @19:49 Mortality during the catastrophic 2021 heat dome
    @ 20:54 Sebastian Perez Did Not Have to Die
    @ 24:51 OSHA - Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings Rulemaking
    @27:53 The health costs of climate change from CICC
    @36:10 United Nations COP16 Cancun Agreements
    @58:11 COP Emission pledges may limit global heating to below 2C
    @ 58:53 Reframing incentives for climate policy action – Oil Producers don’t benefit from ‘free-riding’

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Decarbonizing Aviation

    Decarbonizing Aviation

    When it comes to our transportation system, decarbonizing aviation is a very expensive ton of CO2 to go after. But potential solutions abound, including lower carbon liquid jet fuel, electrification, hydrogen and more energy efficient aircraft. On Episode 23 of Energy vs Climate Dr. Steven Barrett of MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics helps David, Sara and Ed assess those different pathways as the aviation industry searches for how to do its fair share in a net-zero world – without putting flight out of reach for all but the very rich.

    @ 1:58 The world’s largest offshore wind farm just hit two major milestones
    @3:47 $3.5-million provincial inquiry into 'anti-Alberta' activities struggles to find a bad guy
    @ 6:00 Rigged: online archive and podcast documenting the history and evolution of disinformation in America
    @ 6:33 Will Postmedia Face a Reckoning for Its Climate Coverage?
    @ 13:04 Harbour Air eyes 2023 for first electric passenger flights
    @ 15:26 The limits of bioenergy for mitigating global life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels
    @ 18:34 Smarter driver Fuel-efficient driving course
    @ 22:02 Delta commits $1 billion to become first carbon neutral airline globally
    @ 23:25 France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights
    @ 25:50 Despite pandemic pause, demand for new airplanes is expected to swell in next two decades, Boeing says
    @ 28:01 Government of Alberta support for hydrogen
    @34:25 The Sky’s the limit challenge Seeking a Canadian Breakthrough in Green Aviation Fuels
    @ 38:21 Sweden sees rare fall in air passengers, as flight-shaming takes off
    @ 38:31 Scientists' warning on affluence
    @43:21 Contrails: How tweaking flight plans can help the climate
    @50:16 Carbon neutral hydrocarbons (Trade off point carbon tax/synthetic fuels)
    @50:54 David on Solar fuels (Video)
    @51:59 IPCC report on Carbon Capture including Storage Capacities 

    • 59 min
    Coal vs Climate

    Coal vs Climate

    Coal is grabbing headlines – China has pledged to stop financing new coal plants abroad, the Liberals campaigned on a promise to ban thermal coal exports, and the Alberta government backtracked on a plan to open up the foothills and mountains to mining. Metallurgical coal is also under fire with a global push for carbon-free steel. So what is the future for coal in China, Canada and the world more broadly? What role can Canadian LNG play in displacing China coal-fired electricity, and what does the experience of coal contraction globally tell us about the future for other fossil resources?
    On Episode 22 of Energy vs Climate David, Sara, Ed, and special guest Edward Cunningham, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative, mine for answers.

    @2:34 Kerry Lines up Pledges to Scrub Emissions from Carbon Heavy Industries
    @4:34 The Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 goes to climate modellers
    2014's Nobel prize for blue LED
    @7:49 Not coming to a road near you any time soon - Self-driving cars
    @9:13 Mining looks to electric, autonomous vehicles to reduce costs and improve efficiency
    @11:17 Coal timeline graphic (pg. 52) + EvC Youtube version
    @15:02 Coal in China
    @24:29 Belt-and-road news
    @24:57 China’s Global Power Database tracks power plants financed by Chinese foreign direct investment and/or China's two global policy banks
    @31:20 Assessing China’s efforts to pursue the 1.5°C warming limit
    @37:40 IEA World Energy Outlook 2021 (Coal plant age at retirement)Contributions by different countries/regions to CO2
    @41:57 Canadian LNG to displace Chinese coal-fired electricity?
    Pembina Institute on LNG
    @47:22 Global Liquefied Natural Gas Expansion Exceeds Demand 1for Coal-to-gas Switching in Paris Compliant Pathways
    @50:00 Carbon tariffs and Met Coal
    @54:25 CCUS in China
    @57:54 China’s largest department capture project is a global minnow
    EvC Episode 19: Carbon Capture
    @58:30 What coal tell us about the future for other fossil fuels.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    How the Climate Spent its Summer

    How the Climate Spent its Summer

    David, Sara and Ed unpack what moved the dial on climate and energy this summer. They also look at this week's climate and energy news and preview what's to come on this season of Energy vs Climate.
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    @1:12 Sustainable Energy Development Masters Program at the University of Calgary
    @3:30 Energy within Environmental Constraints - Harvard Massive Online Open Course
    @6:37 Executives from Exxon, Shell, BP and others are being called to testify in Congress
    @7:39 Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
    @7:45 Drilled Podcast
    @12:58 Harvard University pledges to divest from fossil fuels
    David on Divestment
    @17:41 Cost of financing for coal
    Coal financing costs surge as investors opt for renewable energy
    Work begins on 3.3 GW solar-CSP project linked to 500 MW of storage, in Qinghai
    China pledges to stop building new coal energy plants abroad
    @27:13 Heat Impacts
    Extreme, deadly heat in Canada is going to come back, and worse. Will we be ready?
    Heat has larger impacts on labor in poorer areas (David is a co-author)
    Relationship between season of birth, temperature exposure, and later life wellbeing
    @35:25 2021 IPCC Report
    @35:30 The Environmentalist’s Dilemma: Promise and Peril in an Age of Climate Crisis by Arno Kopecky
    @39:42 US EV sales data
    Norway bans gas car sales in 2025, but trends point towards 100% EV sales as early as April
    @50:49 Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts
    @53:16 Liberal’s Clean Electricity Standard and Federal/Provincial jurisdiction
    Lost in Transmission: A Constitutional Approach to Ending Canada’s Energy Infrastructure Poverty - Kristen van de Biezenbos

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Captain Moderate ,

Information Packed

A perfect balance of expert voices in Physics, Energy Policy, and Climate Science. They don’t shy away from technical detail, but they make it understandable to a broad audience. The discussion reliably ranks super-high in the key categories of Informative and Entertaining.

BJ Lav ,

Climate Change Podcast with a Canadian perspective

Great hosts. They bring an informed and insightful outlook to the environmental, financial and policy issues discussed.

Zack Fillmore ,

Covering the energy transition

Really enjoy this podcast as it discusses the energy transition, the success it has already had, the barriers going forward, the world of finance, mining, oil and gas, and all in an Alberta and Canada context. It’s great and very informative.

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