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Viewpoint contrasting the economic costs or benefits of select energy choices for the province of Quebec

Quebec is blessed in terms of the energy resources available on its territory. Most obviously, there is the province’s vast hydroelectric capacity, which produces 96% of its electricity. This month, the government made public a series of reports suggesting that it might soon be ready to move forward and allow oil development in the province. In light of this news, it is worth reconsidering some of Quebec’s energy choices to see which kinds of policies might enrich, rather than impoverish, Quebec taxpayers.

April 23, 2015

23 April 2015

Master Resource, p. web

Earth Day 2015.

April 22, 2015

22 April 2015

La Presse +, p. web

Earth Day 2015.

April 22, 2015

22 April 2015

National Post, p. FP11

Proposals to impose new carbon taxes on gasoline.

April 16, 2015

16 April 2015

Le Devoir, p. A07

Reaction to the Manifesto for a Global Movement.

April 9, 2015

9 April 2015

Economic Note explaining the collaborative model of natural resource development that has benefitted, among others, the Cree of Quebec

Northern Quebec overflows with mineral resources whose development could generate substantial economic activity. To derive benefits from these resources successfully, businesses, the government and local communities—many of which consist of Aboriginal populations—must collaborate in order for everyone to have an interest in the economic success of development projects.

March 19, 2015

19 March 2015

La Presse, p. A20

Quebec forest policy and timber rights.

March 12, 2015

12 March 2015

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by subsidizing electric cars.

January 21, 2015

21 January 2015

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The costs of an accelerated transition toward green energies and the willingness of Canadians to pay these costs.

December 16, 2014

16 December 2014

Research Paper evaluating the costs of an accelerated transition toward green energies and the willingness of Canadians to pay these costs

Policies designed to accelerate the transition to green energy sources are usually presented in terms of their benefits, whereas costs are rarely discussed. This Research Paper proposes to fill this gap in the public debate. It examines the costs of proposals made by the Quebec environmentalist groups Équiterre and Vivre en ville for rapidly reducing oil consumption, as well as the willingness of Quebecers and other Canadians to pay those costs.

December 11, 2014

11 December 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by subsidizing electric cars.

December 5, 2014

5 December 2014

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/youri-chassin, p. Web

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by subsidizing electric cars.

December 1, 2014

1 December 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by subsidizing electric cars.

November 28, 2014

28 November 2014

Economic Note on the efficiency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by subsidizing electric cars

While there were only 100,000 electric cars in the world at the beginning of 2012, the number of units on the road passed the 400,000 mark in early 2014. The subsidies offered by various governments have had a lot to do with this very rapid increase. These are motivated in large part by reduction targets for greenhouse gases (GHGs) and for the consumption of petroleum products. In Canada, the transportation sector emits nearly a quarter (24%) of all GHGs. This is why Ontario and Quebec are proposing incentives to electrify personal transportation.

November 27, 2014

27 November 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

TransCanada pipeline and the financing of the MEI.

November 18, 2014

18 November 2014

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/youri-chassin, p. Web

Oil sands and their environmental impact.

October 29, 2014

29 October 2014

The Winnipeg Sun, p. 19

The impact of global conferences and summits on CO2 emissions.

October 23, 2014

23 October 2014

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/youri-chassin, p. Web

Safe transportation of petroleum products.

October 16, 2014

16 October 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The carbon market.

September 24, 2014

24 September 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

The impact of logging on the future of our forests and the survival of the woodland caribou.

September 16, 2014

16 September 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The implicit subsidies to wind power.

September 15, 2014

15 September 2014

Les Affaires, p. 8

The impact of logging on the future of our forests and the survival of the woodland caribou.

September 13, 2014

13 September 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The impact of logging on the future of our forests and the survival of the woodland caribou.

September 11, 2014

11 September 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

The Carbon Market.

August 29, 2014

29 August 2014

Le Soleil, p. 23

The impact of logging on the future of our forests and the survival of the woodland caribou.

August 18, 2014

18 August 2014

Le Quotidien, p. 12

The impact of logging on the future of our forests and the survival of the woodland caribou.

August 15, 2014

15 August 2014

Le Nouvelliste, p. 13

The impact of logging on the future of our forests and the survival of the woodland caribou.

August 14, 2014

14 August 2014

Economic Note explaining the impact of logging on the future of our forests and the survival of the woodland caribou

Environmental groups claim that logging is jeopardizing the future of our forests as well as the survival of the species that live in them. Is this an accurate picture of the reality of forestry in Quebec? The aggregate data do not show that our forests are in decline. On the contrary, forest cover has increased slightly between the first forest inventory in 1979 and the most recent one in 2002.

August 14, 2014

14 August 2014

The Gazette, p. A15

The carbon market formed by Quebec and California.

July 18, 2014

18 July 2014

Le Journal de Montréal, p. 28

The carbon market formed by Quebec and California.

July 4, 2014

4 July 2014

From the MEI’s Archives

Research Paper on the exploitation of Quebec’s water resources

August 27, 2008

27 August 2008

Economic Note on oil consumption and its production potential in Quebec

April 26, 2012

26 April 2012

Economic Note on the efficiency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by subsidizing electric cars

November 27, 2014

27 November 2014

Economic Note evaluating the implicit subsidies to wind power, biomass and community power plants

June 17, 2013

17 June 2013

Research Paper on the economic and political interests that Quebec and Alberta have in common

May 12, 2011

12 May 2011

Economic Note on the crisis in the forestry sector and solutions to end it

November 20, 2007

20 November 2007

Economic Note on the development of Quebec’s blue gold in a realistic and environmentally respectful manner

July 15, 2009

15 July 2009

Research Paper analysing efforts made by the Canadian petroleum industry to reduce its impact on the environment

October 11, 2012

11 October 2012

Economic Note explaining the impact of logging on the future of our forests and the survival of the woodland caribou

August 14, 2014

14 August 2014

Economic Note describing energy production and consumption in Quebec

April 16, 2013

16 April 2013

MEI in the Media

Resourceful Earth Day (celebrate freedom, innovation)
Op-ed by Pierre Desrochers and Jasmin Guénette, respectively Associate Researcher and Vice President at the MEI, published on April 22 in Master Resource.

Why you never wait to see a dentist
Op-ed by Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI, published on April 17 in the National Post.

Waiting lists are a persistent problem in the health care systems of Quebec and Canada, contributing to the deterioration of patient health and quality of life. As part of its health care research program, the Vice President of the MEI, Mr. Jasmin Guénette, met with patients and medical professionals in order to better understand the harmful effects of waiting lists.

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