We can prosper and still protect the environment

Increasing prosperity allows people once too poor to avoid environmental dead-ends to instead care for the environment

We can prosper and still protect the environmentYou may know this frightening if self-evident bit of advice: “Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last stream poisoned will we realize we cannot eat money.” The quote is ostensibly from Canada's First Nations peoples (the Cree are often cited) but popularized by Greenpeace. The point…

Psst … want to buy a pipeline?

Pierre Trudeau would be proud. His son, – albeit unwillingly – has achieved a measure of nationalization the old man never could

Psst … want to buy a pipeline?An important date passed recently in the ongoing Trans Mountain pipeline saga, but one could be forgiven for missing it. That’s because the federal government had been working with operator Kinder Morgan to flip the controversial project to a third-party buyer before July 22. There were no takers. That means Canadian taxpayers are the proud…

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exports

Ottawa ignores the evidence with Bill C-48, which will make it more difficult to ship oil and byproducts to lucrative Asian markets

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exportsAs virtually everyone knows by now, the federal government decided to address Canada’s inability to get pipelines built from Alberta to tidewater the old fashioned way. It nationalized the last viable pipeline project, the twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and paid $4.5 billion for the existing pipeline. With that purchase, we have…

The next generation of Canadian superheroes

It's time to rally around a new group of fictional characters who tackle our nation's shortcomings with style and commitment

The next generation of Canadian superheroesMuch has been made lately of the arrival of a new Canadian superhero. Amka Aliyak, alias Snowguard, a shape-shifting Inuit from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, will soon be appearing on the pages of a Marvel comic book. With the assistance of her spirit guide Sila, Snowguard can transform into animal form, a useful attribute as she battles…

Pipeline drama provides great politics, dubious policy

This is as close as Canadian politics gets to reality TV, with self-interested actors embroiled in conflict against a common enemy

Pipeline drama provides great politics, dubious policyCanada’s latest political drama has come from the state of jeopardy of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The federal government has announced it will take over the project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion. The B.C. government is asking the courts if it can block the pipeline, creating bipartisan agreement by Alberta politicians for some…

The war on plastics is as dangerous as it is misguided

Earth Day Network’s anti-plastic campaign ignores how integral plastic is to a progressive, safe and healthy world

The war on plastics is as dangerous as it is misguidedEarth Day Network (EDN) chose End Plastic Pollution as its theme for this year’s Earth Day. It’s just the tip of the anti-plastic activism that now consumes environmental extremists. A Google search on Plastic Pollution Coalition (a group claiming to represent “more than 500 member organizations” dedicated to “working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its…

Vancouver mayor’s pipe dreams and twisted perspectives

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson's attacks on Trans Mountain pipeline based on falsehoods and nonsensical enviro-rhetoric

Vancouver mayor’s pipe dreams and twisted perspectivesBy Kenneth P. Green and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Not content with his ongoing opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at home, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is agitating against the project in the United States. “I don’t think this project will go – I really don’t – based on the resistance…

What do environmentalists have against the world’s poor?

They’re only preventing oil and gas products from getting to economies that need them the most

What do environmentalists have against the world’s poor?The last few years have not been good for pipeline projects in Canada. The Keystone XL pipeline continues to be plagued by delays, TransCanada made big news by axing the Energy East pipeline and Kinder Morgan has cut spending on the critical Trans Mountain expansion project to protect its shareholders. After each pipeline setback, oil…

Social licence is just mob rule by another name

According to Brian Lee Crowley, social licence devotees disparage due process and are attacking the very foundations of democracy

Social licence is just mob rule by another nameThe logic of democracy is to democratize. Democratic desire is drawn toward the ideal of an ever-purer or more perfect democracy – one where the people’s will is expressed with immediacy. History offers many examples where immediacy has given way to democratic excess, be it the despotisms of Oliver Cromwell and Maximilien Robespierre, or the…

Canada an environmental leader, not a laggard

Compare Canada’s performance with other countries on measures that matter most to the health of people and the ecosystem

Canada an environmental leader, not a laggardBy Ross McKitrick, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Despite misguided claims to the contrary, Canada has an excellent environmental record when compared to most of the world’s wealthiest – and cleanest – countries. A new study published by the Fraser Institute compares and ranks 33 high-income countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation…

The case for repealing Suzuki’s honorary degree 

With views so antithetical to university’s value system, Suzuki is incapable of honouring the spirit of the school

The case for repealing Suzuki’s honorary degree As a graduate of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, I have written the school’s senate and its president urging them to reverse the decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree. I pointed out that the decision is contrary to the strategic plans of both the senate and the university. Here’s why: The…

Pipeline opposition largely funded by rich Americans

To maintain secrecy, large U.S. environmental foundations simply "purchased" the co-operation of Canadian organizations to stop Alberta oil from reaching international markets

Pipeline opposition largely funded by rich Americans“The meek will inherit the earth … if that’s okay with everybody else,” goes the old joke. When it comes to developing Canada’s energy sector, that trite joke seems all too true. The Northern Gateway, Energy East, and Pacific NorthWest LNG pipeline proposals have been scrapped. Scotiabank estimates that the Canadian economy forfeits $15.6 billion…

Why is the anti-fish farm lobby so afraid of science?

Anti-fish farm activists ratchet up conspiracy campaign against Canadian scientists and studies

Why is the anti-fish farm lobby so afraid of science?Fearing that Canadian science will drown out their claims, the anti-fish farm lobby has embarked on a campaign to discredit upcoming studies by the government to develop better aquaculture standards. Taking the cue from Twitter-in-chief Donald Trump, who constantly tells his core supporters not to believe any official investigation about him, the activists’ campaign is…

Zapping taxpayers won’t validate green energy

The massively subsidized European power grid is in no way proof that the underlying renewables technology is viable

Zapping taxpayers won’t validate green energyA few years back, I had a chat with a reporter who had recently moved to Calgary from Europe, where he covered energy issues. In a discussion about renewables, he gave the oft-heard opinion that Europe was, of course, “ahead” of Canada. His eyes widened with admiration for how Europeans were greening their power grid.…

Trudeau fiddles while Canada burns

Canada is becoming a balkanized union of mini-fiefdoms at the mercy of Big Environment and narrow provincial interests

Trudeau fiddles while Canada burnsJustin Trudeau needs to get his priories straight. He's supposed to be the prime minister of Canada, not just another Instagram-friendly international celebrity. Burning issues on the home front need urgent federal attention and a sound hand on the tiller. But Trudeau chooses this moment to fly tens of thousands of kilometres across the world…
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