BCSEA Speaker Series: Energy and the Next Federal Election

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Heated debates over pipelines, heading both east and west, have prompted calls for a ‘National Energy Strategy’, with particular effort invested by the Council of the Federation to coordinate actions by provincial and territorial governments. While provinces like Ontario and Quebec are actively seeking to shift their provincial economies away from fossil fuels and to promote interprovincial trade in clean energy, Alberta is actively expanding production of oil and gas, and primarily seeking transit for fossil fuels to foreign markets. For its part, British Columbia is at a crossroads, seeking expansion of hydro-power but also of coal and LNG exports.

While the promise of consensus on a ‘national’ strategy may instinctively appeal to Canadians, we must confront the fundamental incompatibility between the energy goals of different provinces and the very different visions for our country implicit therein.

Join us for an evening of information & discussion with Kathryn Harrison, author, activist, engineering graduate and UBC professor of political science.

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Metropolitan United Church (932 Balmoral Road, Victoria)




Dr. Kathryn Harrison is a professor of Political Science at UBC. She has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering (UWO), Master’s degrees in political science and chemical engineering (MIT), and a Ph.D. in political science (UBC). Before entering academia, she worked as a chemical engineer in the oil industry, and as a policy analyst for both Environment Canada and the United States Congress. Dr. Harrison is the author or editor of several volumes, the most recent of which is Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, and has published widely on climate and environmental policy. Frustrated by policymakers’ rejection of both experts’ and voters’ advice, she has become increasingly active in two volunteer NGOs: UBCC350 and Voters Taking Action on Climate Change.

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