The International Energy Agency just released a scorecard for G7 countries evaluating their efforts in ending support for fossil fuels. On transparency, Canada scores 6th; on pledges and commitments 4th; ending support for fossil fuel exploration 3rd; ending support for coal mining 1st; ending support for oil and gas production 7th; ending support for fossil fuel-based power 1st, and ending support for fossil fuel use 2nd. Clearly, our access to renewable resources is helping our scorecard, but we are a long way away from deciding which rabbit holes to climb out of.
As many of my previous blogs have argued, Canada has a roadmap to reach a low carbon economy, a consensus action plan written by over 80 of our country’s foremost scientists. I would like to see a scorecard of leading the world in all indicators. This is more than doable but we need bold political leadership. Do we dare to dream?