Unplugged from the reality of our energy needs

The green movement’s fossil-fuel divestment crusade hurts the poor and middle class

Unplugged from the reality of our energy needsIf you ever wonder how academics and activists combine to end up utopian, anti-poor and anti-middle class all at once, look no further than calls for savings and pension divestment from Canadian oil and gas companies. One academic from Toronto’s Ryerson University wrote of how “we are facing an impending disaster” from fossil fuels. The professor had…

Forging new sources for biofuels and hydrocarbon-based products

Part 3 of a 10-part series: Forge Hydrocarbons, a U of A spinoff, turns low-grade fats and oils into valuable fuel

Forging new sources for biofuels and hydrocarbon-based productsNew technology employed by Forge Hydrocarbons Corp., a University of Alberta spinoff company, proves you don't have to dig oil wells to produce fuel. You only have to dig through the muck we send to the landfill. Waste streams like those from rendering plants and restaurants are loaded with low-grade fats and oils that can…

Get ready for a greener but poorer and slower economy

As the world’s fastest growing economies expand fossil fuels usage, carbon dioxide emissions, jobs and growth, Canada is going the opposite direction

Get ready for a greener but poorer and slower economyCanadians have generally accepted that carbon pricing is necessary to save the planet. But as taxes and consumer costs rise, promised green jobs fail to materialize and few others in the world seem serious about staying the course, it’s time for a rethink. Rising population and prosperity in the developing world will grow global demand…

The American dream is moving north to Canada

Great uncertainty faces Canada and the United States, but Canada seems better equipped to adapt and flourish

The American dream is moving north to CanadaSo how did you like last year? Did it advance your favourite causes? Did it fatten your assets? Did it leave you feeling like the world travelled a few metres forward on the roads that counted? Would it be enough if the 2017 trajectory simply continues for the next 12 months? Not from the perspective…

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017

A look back at 2017 shows far too many instances in Canada where we got it all wrong

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017For my first column of the New Year, I’ve dipped into my collection of irrational, damaging or downright dumb happenings in 2017. The year saw major breakthroughs in the use of genetically-modified human cells to treat diseases, including retinal dystrophy and blood cancer. Human genetic re-engineering is an emerging science but there has been little…

Alberta’s carbon policies damage province’s competitiveness

The province already lags behind many American states in key policy areas, including regulatory compliance and taxation

Alberta’s carbon policies damage province’s competitivenessBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The Alberta government recently announced new regulations aimed at providing emission-cutting incentives for industry. But it’s getting harder to attract capital to Alberta’s oil and gas industry due to regulatory and taxation concerns. The new Carbon Competitiveness Incentives will begin in January and apply…

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.…

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…

Investor confidence in Alberta’s oil and gas industry needs a boost

Continued pipeline construction obstruction and regulatory uncertainty are leaving investors skittish about Alberta’s oil and gas industry

Investor confidence in Alberta’s oil and gas industry needs a boostBy Kenneth P. Green and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Continued pipeline construction obstruction and regulatory uncertainty mean investors see a gloomy outlook for Alberta’s oil and gas industry compared to some U.S states. The province also continues to languish near the bottom of Canadian jurisdictions in investment attractiveness in the oil and gas sector.…

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…
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