The Environmental State of Canada – May 14, 2013
Ben Eisen and Romy Yourex demonstrate that Canada’s natural environment has generally been growing cleaner and greener by examining a number of indicators across several dimensions of environmental sustainability including urban air pollution, GHG emissions, freshwater withdrawals, freshwater quality, agricultural soil quality and forestry.
Hunting for Habitat – February 28, 2013
The Alberta government failed to realize an opportunity to harness private interests for the public interest when it shelved its Hunting for Habitat proposal, which would have compensated private landowners for opening up their lands to hunters and allowed some tags to be sold.
The Green Plague – May 4, 2012
Frontier Centre Intern Eric Merkley argues that the subsidization of biofuel production has unintended consequences which harm the natural environment.
The Economic, Environmental and Political Consequences of Carbon Pricing – February 29, 2012
Eric Merkley, Ben Eisen and Kenneth Green examine 8 case studies in carbon pricing from around the world, and assess their economic, environmental and political consequences.
The Myth of North American Carbon Reduction Laggards – November 29, 2011
This study reassesses the greenhouse gas emissions reduction performance of Canada and the United States in light of relevant demographic and economic statistics.
Green Jobs – April 26, 2011
Many activists and politicians promise to improve economic performance through government spending on “green jobs.” Economic theory and empirical evidence from Europe both suggest that such efforts are unlikely to strengthen the economy.
Getting Society off the Climate Change Bandwagon – February 8, 2011
Tom Harris reviews the current state of research in the field of climate science. He finds that there is no consensus in the area, and that many qualified experts dispute predictions of an impending climate crisis.
Environmental Policy And The Law Of Unintended Consequences – May 31, 2010
Well-meaning efforts by governments to protect the environment can backfire, resulting in severe harm to human beings and, in some instances, to the natural environment regulators sought to protect.
Opportunism and Exploitation: Climate Change Activism and Hostility to Liberal Civilization – February 16, 2010
Ben Eisen analyzes the intellectual roots of climate change alarmism, and concludes that radical environmentalism is best viewed as part of a broader, centuries old critique of liberal civilization.
Thinking Sensibly about Recycling and the Environment – December 1, 2009
Recycling has become the balm du jour for the environmental concerns of landfill overflow, resource extraction, and resource scarcity. However looking quantitatively at the magnitudes of these problems and the real potential for recycling to alleviate them suggests we shouldn’t push the recycling policy button as enthusiastically as we currently do.
Improving Quality of Life Through Telecommuting – October 6, 2009
Senior Fellow Wendell Cox, an international transportation expert, finds that in Canada, Saskatoon has more telecommuters than any other metropolitan area as a percentage of its working-age population, at 1.5%. Next in line are Vancouver and Edmonton tied at 1.1%.
The Environmental State of Canada – June 17, 2009
Air, water, soil dramatically improving despite all the environmental scare-mongering. Forest cover steady, not declining. Carbon Dioxide increasing but far slower than predicted in the past based on economic growth.
Environmental Policy That Creates A Freeway of Benefits for Manitobans – October 4, 2008
The beneﬁts of upgrading Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway to free-ﬂowing conditions by replacing the current signalized intersections with grade-separated interchanges include reducing vehicle emissions and travel times, increasing safety, reducing fuel consumption and increasing Winnipeg’s attractiveness as a potential central transportation hub.
Questioning the Global Warming Science – March 21, 2008
This annotated bibliography of selected peer-reviewed papers questions the current state of Global Warming science.
A Thread Down a Football Field – December 17, 2007
An analysis of why the west side transmission line in Manitoba is sub-optimal environmental and energy policy.
An Environmental Policy for the 21st Century – October 8, 2005
Environmental policy is no longer the purview of statists and interventionists. A new view that puts human needs in the equation is emerging.
Powering the Future – February 1, 1998
"Powering the Future" is the first in a series of short policy studies and reports to be undertaken by the Centre as part of a publishing program called "Policy Series".