Another province calls Trudeau’s carbon tax bluff

Wearing thin is the insistence from carbon tax proponents across Canada that there was no other way this could have played out

Another province calls Trudeau’s carbon tax bluffWhen the Alberta government introduced its carbon dioxide emissions tax, ministers often claimed that if they hadn’t, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would impose his own tax, leaving taxpayers worse off. More than a year later, New Brunswick is challenging that ‘we have no choice’ assertion. In December, Premier Brian Gallant’s government announced that instead of introducing a…

An Alberta-made high-seas pollution solution

Part 2 of a 10-part series: Taking the dirty out of dirty oil and cleaning up the world's oceans at the same time

An Alberta-made high-seas pollution solutionWhat do beer, bitumen and greenhouse gas emissions have in common? That would be Neil Camarta, founder of Field Upgrading. Camarta spent most of his engineering career building conventional upgraders, which emit sulphur dioxide and other noxious GHG pollutants into the atmosphere. Now he’s teamed up with the Coors Brewing family and Alberta Innovates to commercialize a simple…

Breaching the fine line between teaching and brainwashing

Being a teacher means making sure your students are exposed to more than one perspective

Breaching the fine line between teaching and brainwashingThere’s a fine line between teaching and brainwashing. Teaching informs students about the world around them and helps them become critical thinkers. In contrast, brainwashing provides students with heavily skewed information that leads to one predetermined conclusion. It’s easy to mix these two things up if we aren’t careful. People who work in schools are…

Shaping a positive, profound vision of energy in Canada

Energy Futures Lab works to resolve the issues that handicap the industry and may become one of the most important voices in Canada’s energy future

Shaping a positive, profound vision of energy in CanadaIn terms of Canadian energy narratives, 2017 was a mess. Instead of moving forward one step, Canada took five backward steps. Most narratives were destructive when they could have – and should have – been constructive. It didn’t matter if the subject was pipelines and regulation or carbon emissions and technology, most dialogues failed to move forward.…

Fireplace ban endangers lives during an emergency

It's apparently more important to protect the environment than it is to allow humans the tools to survive in a crisis

Fireplace ban endangers lives during an emergencyOh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful. Since we've no place to go, Let it snow, let it snow, let it – ZAP! The power has suddenly gone out. Are you ready for such an emergency? According to the federal government's Get Prepared website, “you need to be able to…

Let’s be honest: consumers are the main contributors to climate change

Governments are unwilling to curb consumption, the main driver of the economy. So it is up to each of us to become more thoughtful consumers

Let’s be honest: consumers are the main contributors to climate changeThe euphoria in Paris in 2015, when 196 countries agreed to address climate change, was palpable. It should have been bottled. Since then, despite the United Nation’s annual COPs (Conferences of the Parties) on climate change, very little progress has been made. After COP23 in Bonn, Germany, last month, disappointment, particularly among civil society groups,…

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?

Saskatchewan's $1.5-billion CCS demonstration facility at Boundary Dam in the southern part of the province is the first commercial-scale CCS project in the world

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?If Santa brought you a lump of coal this Christmas, maybe you shouldn’t feel so bad about it. That coal might actually come in handy as an acceptable part of our energy future. Technology exists that can transform coal from environmental villain into a fuel that at least won’t make things worse than they already…

The renewable energy movement ignores real world problems

The energy revolution has brought conventional utilities to the brink, only to discover that solar and wind power can’t be relied on

The renewable energy movement ignores real world problemsAustralia’s new National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has a sad, dangerous resemblance to Canadian policy. It’s a desperate attempt to make renewable energy projects viable when they’re not. The idea is to always have ‘dispatchable power’ – alternative sources – available to relieve brownouts and blackouts that result from an increasing dependency on renewable power. The…

A smart road map to lower carbon emissions? Look to Texas

Texas switched from coal to natural gas and dramatically cut carbon emissions. Why doesn't Canada follow its example?

A smart road map to lower carbon emissions? Look to TexasOne marvellous aspect of promoting a country or region’s comparative economic advantage – location, natural resources, the education rates of a population – is that if it’s allowed to blossom, that advantage pays dividends in multiple ways. Consider how Hong Kong’s natural geographic advantage was combined with the then-colonial British governing institutions – specifically, a commitment…

Turning recycled value into wasteful municipal spending

Winnipeg's decision to go with new curbside collection providers ramps up unnecessary costs for taxpayers as the market for recyclables softens

Turning recycled value into wasteful municipal spendingThe City of Winnipeg’s intended austerity budget predictably nickels and dimes ratepayers, with rate increases and service cuts in response to lower than expected provincial transfers. But city council has thrown away tens of millions of dollars in available savings on garbage collections and recycling. In September 2016, independent pollsters found that 93 per cent…