Very interesting report out of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives today. This is the kind of cage-rattling that the Harper government wants to stop.
According to their press release: "Accelerated oil and gas extraction will
boost profits but won't drive major employment gains, says a report
released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Instead, embracing a "green industrial revolution" will allow Canada to
meet its climate change commitments while boosting a lacklustre economy.
The report, by CCPA Senior Economist Marc Lee and researcher Amanda
Card, finds that less than 1% of Canadian workers are employed in fossil
fuel extraction and production in Canada (oil, natural gas and coal).
"But these jobs come at a high price in environmental and climate
terms—accounting for 27% of Canadian greenhouse gas emissions. Figures
do not include the fuel content of exports, which would show these
industries to be much dirtier."
Please note that the CCPA, like the right-wing Fraser Institute, has tax-free charitable status. Which one do you bet will be the first to have that status challenged?