Schedule as of January 5, 2015– Subject to Change with Notice

Part I:  Overview – Energy as Policy Problem

January 6 Course Overview: Cases and Framework for Analysis

Hoberg energy policy course brief on “forces at work” in natural resource policy (posted here soon)

January 8, 13, 15:  The Energy System – Global and Canadian Perspectives

Global Energy Assessment, Summary for Policymakers, (IASSA, 2012).  (plus figure TS-8 in technical summary)

Carbon Tracker Initiative, Unburnable Carbon 2013: Wasted Capital and Stranded Assets, pp. 9-13,

US Energy Information Administration. 2014. Country Analysis Briefs: Canada. Washington: Energy Information Administration. 16 pages.

Thomas Friedman, “The First Law of Petropolitics,” Foreign Affairs 154 (May June 2006):  pp. 28-36. (on line through UBC library)


Brad Plumer, “Why oil prices keep falling — and throwing the world into turmoil,” VOX, December 31, 2014,

Mark Jaccard, “Peak Oil and Market Feedbacks: Chicken Little vs. Dr. Pangloss,” in Thomas Homer-Dixon, ed., Carbon Shift, (Toronto: Random House of Canada, 2009).

Part II:  Governance Framework

January 20 Political Institutions

Monica Gattinger, “A National Energy Strategy for Canada: Golden Age or Golden Cage of Energy Federalism?” Forthcoming in Loleen Berdahl and André Juneau, eds., Canada: The State of the Federation 2012-13

Hoberg energy policy course brief on Aboriginal law (posted here soon)

January 22, 27 Policy Actors and Legacies

George Hoberg and Jeff Phillips, “Playing Defence: Early Responses to Conflict Expansion in the Oil Sands Policy Subsystem,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 2011, pp. 507-11.  (on-line through UBC library).

Andrew Nikiforuk, “Oh, Canada: How America’s friendly northern neighbor became a rogue, reckless petrostate.” Foreign Policy July 1, 2013

Andrew Leach, “Canada, The Failed Petrostate.” Macleans, November 4, 2013,


Carolyn J. Tuohy, Politics and Policy in Canada:  Institutionalized Ambivalence. Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1992. Pp. 256,263-285 (reading packet)

Monica Gattinger, “Canada-United States Energy Relations: Making a MESS of Energy Policy,” American Review of Canadian Studies  42 4 (2012), 466-71 (on line through UBC Library)

January 29 Policy Instruments

Mark Jaccard, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) pp. 270-290 (on-line through UBC library).

Part III:  Western Canadian Energy Policy

February 3, 5 Oil Sands

Hoberg energy policy course brief on criteria for energy choices (posted here soon)

Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada’s Oil Sands: Executive Summary. December 2010.

Pembina Institute, Understanding the impacts of oilsands production, Backgrounder, January 2013,

George Hoberg and Jeff Phillips, “Playing Defence: Early Responses to Conflict Expansion in the Oil Sands Policy Subsystem,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 2011 (511-17 starting with “oil sands subsystem” and “conclusions and implications” pp 523-4 (on-line through UBC library).


Simon Dyer, Jennifer Grant, Marc Huot, Nathan Lemphers, Beneath the Surface: A review of key facts in the oilsands debate. January 2013.

February 10 – Midterm Examination

Feb 12: Policy Brief Tutorial 1: Problem Definition

February 17, 19 – Midterm Break

February 24, 26 – Environmental Assessment and Oil Sands Pipelines

Penny Becklumb and Tim Williams, Canada’s New Federal Environmental Assessment Process, Library of Parliament, August 2012,

George Hoberg, “The Battle Over Oil Sands Access to Tidewater: A Political Risk Analysis of Pipeline Alternatives.” Canadian Public Policy Volume 39, No. 3, pp. 371-391.


Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel, Report of the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project,

Meinhard Doelle, “CEAA 2012: The End Of Federal EA As We Know It?” Environmental Law and Practice

March 3, 5 Natural Gas – Unconventional and Liquefied

Michael Levi, The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America’s Future, (Oxford, 2013), Chapter 2. On line through UBC library

Matt Horne and Josha McNabb, LNG and Climate Change  – The Global Context, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, October 2014.


Clean Energy Canada, The Cleanest LNG in the World? September 2013.

Matt Horne, Shale Gas in British Columbia: Risks to B.C.’s Climate Action Objectives, Pembina Institute, September 2011.

Carroll, Myles, Eleanor Stephenson and Karena Shaw “BC Political Economy and the Challenge of Shale Gas: Negotiating a Post-Staples Trajectory,” Canadian Political Science Review, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2011): 165-176.

Guest Speakers: March 5 Dialogue on BC Natural Gas Strategy, Matt Horne (Pembina) and Tom Syer (BC Business Council)

March 10, 12 Hydropower in BC

BC Hydro, Integrated Resource Plan: Meeting B.C.’s Future Energy Needs. November 2013.

George Hoberg and Ian Rowland, “Green Energy Politics in Canada: Comparing Electricity Policies in BC and Ontario,” work in progress, (skim Ontario sections)

March 10: Policy Brief Tutorial 2: Criteria and Alternatives

March 12: Policy Brief Tutorial 3: Consequences and Tradeoff

March 17: Policy Brief Tutorial 4: Analysis vs Advocacy


BC Hydro, Site C Clean Energy Project – Environmental Impact Assessment Executive Summary, Amended version July 19, 2013.

Mark Jaccard, Noel Melton, and John Nyboer, “Institutions and Process for scaling up renewables: Run-of-river hydropower in British Columbia,” Energy Policy 39 (2011): 4042-4050.  (on-line through UBC library).

George Hoberg, “Bringing the Market Back In:  BC Natural Resource Policies During the Campbell Years,” in British Columbia Politics and Government, Micheal Howlett, Dennis Pilon, and Tracy Sommerville, eds, (Toronto: Edmond Montgomery, 2010), pp. 331-35, 343-52.

March 19 Conservation and Efficiency

Jaccard,Sustainable Fossil Fuels, pp. 79-100 (on-line through UBC library)

UK Energy Research Centre, The Rebound Effect: an assessment of the evidence for economy-wide energy savings from improved energy efficiency October 2007. Executive Summary only 5 pp


International Risk Governance Council, The Rebound Effect: Implications of Consumer Behaviour for Robust Energy Policies,

David Owen, “The Efficiency Dilemma: If our machines use less energy, will we just use them more? The New Yorker, December 20, 2010.

March 24  Renewables (non-hydro)

International Panel on Climate Change, Special Report Renewable Energy Sources (SRREN) – Summary for Policymakers, (2011)

March  26, 31 Nuclear Power Reconsidered

John Deutch et al, Update of the MIT 2003 Future of Nuclear Power,

Pandora’s Promise – film available on Netflix


Ernest Moniz, “Why We Need Nuclear Power,” Foreign Affairs, vol 90, no 6November/December 2011 2 (on-line through UBC library).

April 5, 9 Conclusion

Reread Hoberg energy policy course brief on criteria for energy choices (posted here soon)

David G. Victor, Global Warming Gridlock, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 39-42 (on line through UBC library).

Naomi Klein, The Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, (Toronto: Knopf Canada 2014), pp. 16-24.

Ezra Markowitz and Azim Shariff, “Climate Change and Moral Judgement,” Nature Climate Change vol 2 (April 2012)



, “Climate Change and Moral Judgement,” Nature Climate Change vol 2 (April 2012)