North American Energy Relationships

By Doug Russell on January 18, 2010
Energy and climate change policy are inextricably linked, as rational policies and programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions require accounting for how energy is produced, consumed and traded. This paper explores the energy relationships in North America and the implications for action on clean energy and climate change. The paper reviews the energy sector for each of Canada, the United States and Mexico; exploring interrelationships and different energy drivers and infrastructure. It then looks at energy security, and how different interpretations can impact energy trading relationships. The possibility of developing linkages and a common approach in North America are explored, and two possible climate change policy scenarios to 2020 are developed. The conclusion sets out implications for Canada of more highly integrated North American energy and climate policy.

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IISD and Pembina Institute
IISD and Pembina Institute, 2010