Carbon Emissions Population Growth vs Oil Sands

Canada’s exceptionally high rate of carbon emissions growth has been caused by two factors, the increased development of the oil sands and the increase in the population due primarily to immigration. While the oil sands emissions output will level off in the future as production peaks, if we continue to promote population growth, Canadian carbon emissions will continue to grow rapidly. Note these figures are not for all greenhouse gas emissions but for carbon only. Also, oil sands emissions are shown to be flat but will drop near the end of the century since the resource will be depleted.

Term Explanations

Megatonnes: Millions of tonnes (2200 pounds) of carbon emissions.

Population Growth Rate: Rate used is 0.8% annual growth rate which is under the government target.

Oil Sands: Based on a production rate levelling off at 10 million bbl per day

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