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Trudeau Walks a Thin Tightrope Between Fossil Fuels, Renewables

  • Energy chief says Canada seeks export partners beyond the U.S.
  • Trudeau’s centrist approach potentially attacked by two sides

Under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada’s government is playing both sides of the fence in its national energy strategy.

During Trudeau’s first 16 months, three energy projects -- a pipeline and two export terminals -- were approved by the government with the aim of helping drillers ship their products abroad from the resource-rich West Coast, a boost to the country’s economy. At the same time, he has consistently expressed his support for development of renewable energies, becoming a forceful voice in the campaign against climate change at a time when U.S. support is waning.