On Monday, December 2 2019, Positive Energy hosted a debate at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making.
On Monday, October 7 2019, Positive Energy hosted a major national conference in Ottawa to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making, to share the results of cutting-edge research and engagement on polarization, and to identify promising avenues to address it. A marquee line-up of speakers from the energy, environmental, Indigenous, government, industry and academic sectors focused on these crucial issues for the future of Canada.
Positive Energy identifies polarization over energy and climate issues as a core challenge facing Canada in its quest to build and maintain public confidence in public authorities making decisions about the country’s energy future in an age of climate change. This review explores scholarly literature on polarization as a general phenomenon, as well as the state of knowledge over its extent and nature in the energy and environmental domain.
The University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program released today a new study suggesting that decision-makers in the energy and environmental communities occupy two separate realities over energy transition in Canada. The report’s lead author, Positive Energy researcher Dr. Marisa Beck, uncovered the two realities by asking over 40 energy and environmental leaders about their use and interpretation of the term “transition”.
The University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program released a new report suggesting that there is more bipartisan and expert consensus on climate policy in Alberta than commonly believed. This report is the first of four upcoming case studies that focus on initiatives to reduce polarization over energy and climate issues in Canada.
Column written by Monica Gattinger, Director, ISSP and Chair, Positive Energy, for The Daily Oil Bulletin.
A message from Positive Energy
We are living through an extraordinary and unprecedented time. We at Positive Energy hope you and your loved ones are taking all necessary precautions and doing everything you can to help Canada flatten the curve. In the meantime, we will continue with our work. The importance of public confidence has never been more apparent, and the need to address Canada's energy and climate challenges will continue throughout and following this crisis.