Will the world use enough of our oil and gas?

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 17:00to19:30
Studio Bell: Home of the National Music Centre, 850 4 St. SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 1R1, CA

Oil and gas industry leaders are fond of forecasts predicting continued growth in oil and gas consumption for decades to come. What's the catch? The catch is climate change. The oil and gas industry knows that the world will continue to use oil and gas, but far less of it if climate change mitigation strategies are successful. So why do they leave out that last part so often? Are they hiding it from themselves, from the rest of us, or both? In the second of three lectures drawn from his book Between Doom and DenialAndrew Leach examines this and other lies, half-truths, and easy soundbites that define Canadian climate change debates. A conversation with Deborah Yedlin and a moderated Q&A will follow the lecture.

Economic ideas for a stronger Canada

Canada needs better policies to address today’s economic challenges, and that starts with bold discourse. The McGill Max Bell Lectures focus on the analysis, balance, and practicality needed to plan for a more prosperous future.

The 2023 lectures are drawn from Between Doom and Denial: Facing Facts About Climate Change by economist, writer, and University of Alberta professor Andrew Leach. Attendees will receive a copy of the associated book!

"The truth is that we do have a climate change problem, we will continue to use fossil fuels (at least for the foreseeable future), we are already seeing dramatic changes in our energy systems, and some people inevitably will be left behind. We have the tools to make a real difference, argues Andrew Leach, but big questions remain. Are we up to the challenge? And can we be honest with ourselves about what the energy transition really means for Canada?"


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