Katrina Marsh is Director of Environment and Natural Resources Policy for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Katrina Marsh is Director of Environment and Natural Resources Policy for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada's largest business association.
Katrina comes to the Canadian Chamber by way of Natural Resources Canada, where she focused on renewable energy policy as well as the role of resources in the Canadian economy. Prior to joining the government she worked in the policy division of the Canadian Consulate in New York as well as media organizations in Guyana and Ghana. Her
introduction to Canadian politics came through her participation in the Parliamentary Internship Program.
Katrina schooled in International Development Studies and Economics at Trent and Dalhousie Universities. Aside from energy policy, Katrina’s main interests include promoting Ottawa through Apt613, a local arts and culture website she co-founded in 2008.
How you feel about this decision depends on how you felt about the target was in the first place. The Harper target is a 30 per cent reduction in Canada's greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. That works out to eliminating 208 million tons of carbon over the next 14 years. Is that ambitious? Maybe not, if you think Canada's goals should be judged by what our peers are doing.
There are many uses for fossil fuels, including oil, where the alternatives are nowhere near as advanced as wind turbines, solar panels or electric cars. Stopping pipelines in Canada does not speed up the development of alternatives to oil. It doesn't slow growing oil demand in emerging economies, where most of the growth in energy demand will come from in the future.