Shawn McCarthy, National Observer

Shawn McCarthy

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Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Shawn:

What Trudeau needs to do to win the West

Trudeau has to address two realities: the urgent need to reduce emissions, and the uneven cost that effort imposes across the country. → Read More

How free money could get us out of climate jam and usher in wave of new jobs

Green economy focused business group offers up plan to suit all political stripes → Read More

Federal election 2019: Where the four main parties stand on climate policy

The Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats and Greens differ widely on what needs to be done to address climate change. Here is a detailed look at the different plans → Read More

Conservatives, Liberals joust over climate-change platforms, carbon tax

The Liberal government will unveil an election platform promising greater action to combat climate change, but which will be silent on a plan for the carbon tax after 2022, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on Monday → Read More

McKenna backs off earlier plan to freeze carbon tax at $50 a tonne

In June, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the Liberals planned not to increase the tax once it hit $50, which equates to roughly 11 cents a litre of gasoline → Read More

Nebraska court upholds state’s approval of Keystone XL route

Move clears a major hurdle for TC Energy as court rejects challenges → Read More

Trans Mountain tells contractors to get ready for restart of pipeline construction

The company said it has it has all the permits needed to begin construction and gave its major contractors 30 days to prepare → Read More

Oil sands CEOs urge voters to support energy industry in October federal election

In an open letter, presidents at Cenovus Energy, MEG Energy and Canadian Natural Resources urged Canadians to ‘help our country thrive by supporting an innovative energy industry’ → Read More

Ontario court upholds federal government’s carbon-pricing law

In a 4-1 decision, the court rejected Ontario’s claim that the federal government had exceeded its jurisdiction by applying a tax on greenhouse gas emissions → Read More

Ontario court upholds federal government’s carbon-pricing law

The court rejected the province’s claim that Ottawa exceeded its jurisdiction by applying a tax on greenhouse gas emissions → Read More

Ottawa to work with California on rules to cut greenhouse gas pollution from vehicles

Agreement between the federal government and the state comes as California battles the Trump administration over its plan to roll back existing regulations → Read More

Controversial environmental-review bill receives royal assent

Senate votes 57-37 to pass Bill C-69, despite bitter opposition from the oil industry → Read More

Senate passes Liberal government’s contentious environmental assessment bill

By a vote of 57-37, senators passed Bill C-69 with 99 amendments, but Alberta vows to launch constitutional challenge against it → Read More

Liberal government re-approves Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

The federal government owns the existing pipeline and has pledged to finance the twice-delayed expansion project → Read More

Potential Trans Mountain pipeline investor wants Ottawa to assume construction risk

Delbert Wapass, executive chairman of the Project Reconciliation group and former chief of Thunderchild First Nation, has formed a company called Project Reconciliation to buy a 51 per cent stake in Trans Mountain Pipeline on behalf of First Nations. Kayle Neis/The Globe and Mail A First Nations-led group that wants to buy a 51-per-cent stake in Ottawa’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline says the… → Read More

Canadian Natural buys assets for $3.8-billion as Devon Energy exits Canada’s oil patch

CNRL said Wednesday that acquisition would immediately add to earnings per share and free cash flow → Read More

Blueberry River First Nation back in court to fight B.C. over forestry, oil and gas impact

The first nation says it is facing an environmental crisis on its traditional land, and accuses the NDP government of caving to oil and gas producers → Read More

Power shift: Renewable energy is cheaper than ever, and investors are taking notice

Utilities are pressing ahead with green energy as prices have dropped to the point of viability that no amount of political pushback can stop → Read More

Grits pledge $4.7-billion in funds to address Indigenous issues

The Liberal government has made a priority of Indigenous issues in its past three budgets and continued that practice on Tuesday with a range of measures aimed at improving health and social services and boosting Indigenous-led businesses → Read More

Canadian crude production flattening out on tight pipeline capacity: IEA forecast

Oil sands outlook has ‘significantly deteriorated’ over the past year as as pipeline projects are stalled and crude-by-rail has failed to fill the void, agency says in report → Read More