There is no easy path forward. On the one hand, climate change and global warming have been identified as one of the great challenges of this generation. The drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent massive climate shifts has galvanized people, businesses and governments around the world to take action.
On the other hand, energy demand continues to rise: driven by population growth and the billions of people in developing and emerging economies who need access to affordable and reliable energy sources to climb out of poverty and improve their quality of life. According to the International Energy Agency, energy demand is expected to increase 27 percent by 2040—and while renewable energy sources will be an increasing proportion of the future energy mix, oil and natural gas will be needed for the foreseeable future.
Set against this backdrop are increasingly polarized debates about energy here in Canada. With the world's third-largest oil reserves and a 300-year supply of natural gas, we have the potential to be a global supplier of choice. Oil and natural gas are already key drivers in the Canadian economy and with access to world markets, Canada's energy resources could create jobs and prosperity for generations. However, debates rage over whether we should build pipelines and other energy infrastructure, and how they might impact our environment and communities. How these issues resolve over the next few years will shape the Canada of tomorrow.
How these issues resolve over the next few years will shape the Canada of tomorrow.
Context: Energy Examined is an online magazine that aims to provide the context you need to engage on the array of vital energy-related issues facing Canadians. We provide fact and science-based information about Canada's energy industry and global energy demand. We focus on leading innovations and practices designed to enable Canada's oil and natural gas producers to meet the challenge of a lower-carbon future. Context: Energy Examined also provides an insider's perspective: a glimpse into the women and men who work for and support Canada's oil and natural gas industry, and their deep and personal commitment to meeting energy challenges head-on, building a better future for all.
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