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Conservation could create 25,000 jobs by 2025, claims report by unions and environmental groups

Slashing energy consumption by a quarter over the next decade or so could create 25,000 new jobs, concludes a report by a coalition of environmentalists and unions.

The group, Blue Green Canada, maintains that curbing power use would add $3.7 billion to the economy and help cut the federal and provincial deficits by almost $2 billion annually by 2025.

That calculation is based on a boost to real gross domestic product of 0.4 per cent over the next dozen years.

Union group says a greener Ontario could create 25K jobs by 2025

TORONTO—A union-backed environmental advocacy group says Ontario could create 25,000 new jobs by 2025 by reducing energy consumption in the province by 25 per cent.

A new report from Blue Green Canada, an alliance formed by a pair of major Canadian unions and a handful of environmental organizations, said economic research shows a 25 per cent reduction in energy use would also result in a $3.7-billion increase in the province’s gross domestic product, as well as provincial and federal deficit reductions of close to $2-billion.

Time for Ottawa to embrace energy strategy, get serious about climate change

TORONTO—From July 24-26, premiers from across Canada will gather in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the annual Council of the Federation (COF) meeting. Though health care and transportation are expected to be at the top of the agenda, the Canadian energy strategy will also receive some attention.

The federal government isn’t part of the COF, and as such will not be party to the conversation. And the truth is, many of the provinces prefer it this way. Energy is in provincial jurisdiction and provinces don’t want the federal government meddling in their affairs.

Give $1.3 billion oil subsidies to renewables, gain 18,000 jobs: report

Published by CanadianManufacturing.com on November 22, 2012

TORONTO—If the federal government flipped the $1.3 billion in subsidies it hands to the fossil fuel sector over the renewable sector, Canada would gain 18,000 new jobs and untold financial rewards.

These are the findings of Blue Green Canada’s latest study, More bang for our Buck: How Canada can create more energy jobs and less pollution.

Federal energy minister downplays call for national energy strategy

By The Canadian Press,  September 11, 2012

CHARLOTTETOWN - Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver downplayed talk of drafting a formal national energy strategy Tuesday following a meeting with provincial energy and mining ministers.

Oliver told a news conference in Charlottetown that he hadn't heard anything in proposals for a strategy that isn't being dealt with already.

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