Canada and the World, Ep. 31: Oil, jobs and the energy transition debate

A podcast series from and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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8 March, 2019

What does Canada need to do to move toward a more green economy? In this episode, guest-hosted by Patricia Goff, three experts provide their wish list and weigh options already on the table for a more green future, ranging from a national carbon tax and decarbonization to supplying the world with more natural gas to completely phase out coal and better accountability around personal carbon footprints. Is there a future that includes oil and gas? Is climate change an emergency or a manageable problem? At first, our guests appear to largely agree on the work that needs to be done, until differing views reveal the greater tension that exists between the various camps involved in the debate. The result is an informative and impassioned conversation on one of today’s most urgent issues.

Our host

Sitting in for Bessma Momani this week is Patricia Goff, an associate professor of the department of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ont. She specializes in international political economy, international relations theory, and international organization, with a particular interest in trade, intellectual property, and the cultural capacity of international organizations.

This week’s guests

Julia McElgunn is a professional geologist with broad oil industry experience across North America. She focuses on environmental sustainability and advocating for Canada’s energy sector.

Jatin Nathwani is the founding executive director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy and holds the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo.

Yonatan Strauch is a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo. His research addresses accelerating progress in renewable energy using a technology-centered co-evolutionary framework.

Canada and The World is produced and edited by Matthew Markudis. Each episode can be found on iTunes and other podcast applications.

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