Smart Prosperity: The Podcast

Smart Prosperity Institute

Fresh takes on the current affairs, business, technology and ideas behind the green economy. With a decidedly Canadian twist. New episodes every two weeks.
Nov 24: The post-covid fossil fuel boomNov 10: Are your savings fuelling climate change?Oct 28: How to spend $2-trillion on climate changeOct 14: Catherine McKenna on the upcoming Glasgow climate talksSep 29: Why the housing crisis is an environmental problemSep 15: Is climate change a ballot box issue?Sep 1: A conversation with Katharine HayhoeAug 18: The carbon footprint of cryptocurrencyAug 4: What does a new space age mean for the environment?Jul 21: The high price of WildfiresJul 7: The costs of extreme heatJun 23: Paying for natureJun 9: COVID’s environmental impact & 10 green technologies to watchMay 26: Provincial climate report cards & Trouble in BC’s old growth forestsMay 12: What big business really thinks about climate action & Career change for oil workersApr 28: Green recovery from COVID? & Canada’s new X-Prize winnerApr 14: To divest or not to divest? & The second-hand clothing economyMar 31: The end of carbon tax politics? & Sucking climate change out of the air
1.   Is this the end of carbon tax politics? [min 1:08]Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the federal government’s right to enforce a minimum price on greenhouse gas emissions. Four political insiders and one lawyer that argued the case consider the ramifications.  Gerry Butts – Vice Chairman of Eurasia Group & Former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Justin TrudeauKen Boessenkool – Professor at the Max Bell School, McGill University & Former Chief of Staff to BC Premier Christy Clark and Former Advisor to Prime Minister Stephen HarperDianne Saxe – Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario & Former Environmental Commissioner of OntarioBrian Topp – Founding Partner at GT & Company, & Former Chief of Staff to Alberta Premier Rachel NotleyStewart Elgie – Executive Chair at Smart Prosperity Institute & Counsel representing the Ecofiscal Commission at the Supreme Court2.   How close is “carbon removal” to reality? [min 9:45]World-leading expert, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, shares the price tag for removing carbon from the air, and what needs to happen for costs to come down. And then a Canadian carbon removal innovator shares his excitement.    Dr. Jennifer Wilcox – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy & Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania (on leave)Mike Kelland – CEO, Planetary Hydrogen3.   60-Second Report: “Waste Prevention: The Environmental and Economic Benefits for Canada” [min 20:20]Mayor Jack Froese – Mayor of the Township of Langley (BC) & Chair, National Zero Waste Council4.  “Five Other Things Happening in the Green Economy This Week” [min 22:01]Mike Moffatt – Senior Director of Policy, Smart Prosperity InstituteFor more info and links to: podcast.smartprosperity.ca
Mar 31 2021
24 mins
Mar 17: One really bad fact about Canadian cars & Do carbon offsets work?Mar 3: Climate solutions for agriculture & The economics of public transit