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in respect of emissions from passenger cars and trucks. The       Energy Supplies Assessed
federal government has made several additional invest-
ments to further strategic research and development to                 Prime Minister Harper’s description of Canada in
improve the environmental impacts arising from the Cana-          July 2006 as an ‘‘emerging energy superpower’’ seems to
dian automotive industry.                                         be borne out by the recent release of two independent
                                                                  reports. In one, the Calgary-based Canadian Society for
    In the next few months, the federal government will be        Unconventional Gas (CSUG) says Canada has enough nat-
working with the heavy-duty trucking industry, including          ural gas to maintain current production levels well into the
manufacturers and users, to develop the regulations. A            next century. In the other, Massachusetts-based Cambridge
consultation draft of the regulations is expected to be avail-    Energy Research Associates (CERA) concludes that despite
able for comment from industry, stakeholders, and the             environmental and economic challenges, Canada’s oil
public this fall, with final regulations expected to be imple-    sands could account for more than a third of U.S. petro-
mented between the 2014 and 2018 model years.                     leum supply within two decades.

                                                                       The CSUG report states that of proven reserves of
                                                                  some 4,000 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas,
Forest Sector Going Green                                         700–1,300 tfc are considered economically recoverable.
                                                                  That represents 269–500 years of reserves at current annual
     The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), rep-       domestic consumption rates of 2.6 tcf. However, a roughly
resenting 21 major companies, has announced plans to              equivalent volume is exported annually to the United
maintain what it calls the world’s best forest management         States, which would roughly halve that time frame. ‘‘The
standards, beginning with 72 million hectares of public for-      magnitude of these numbers may blow you away’’, CSUG
ests licensed to FPAC members. Its new program includes           President Mike Dawson said in presenting the data to an
the suspension of logging on 29 million hectares of boreal        industry audience. ‘‘We have an awful lot of natural gas
forest and other conservation measures, such as recovery          potential lying within the country.’’
plans for endangered caribou herds. In return, a coalition
of nine environmental lobbies, including Greenpeace                    The apparent abundance of natural gas — significant
Canada and Forest Ethics, have agreed to lift their               additional reserves are expected to be found in the Arctic
long-running boycott campaigns against FPAC members.              and offshore regions — bolsters industry arguments in
                                                                  favour of using gas to supplant coal and oil for electrical
                                                                  generation and as a truck fuel. Mr. Dawson said that con-
     The forest p
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