Oil Sands Divestment campaign won’t reduce global emissions

Activists like to trumpet the narrative that the world is rapidly transitioning away from fossil fuels, but the reality is different

Oil Sands Divestment campaign won’t reduce global emissionsAn activist group called Oil Sands Divestment is trying to convince the British Columbia Investment Management Corp. (BCI) to get out of fossil fuels by the end of this year. The campaign says oil and gas is not a sound investment and that projects are increasingly “stranded assets.” Neither is true. Amid what the International…

Why do some people hold extremist views?

Exposure to material that advocates violence and extremism likely leads to it

Why do some people hold extremist views?When General Edwin A. Walker was fired, the evidence against him was very clear. He had been distributing right-wing John Birch Society (JBS) pamphlets implying that his President – John F. Kennedy – was a traitor. General Walker fought with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower over school integration too. The John Birch Society accused Eisenhower…

How to tackle climate change and boost our agri-food sector

There’s a way to reduce fertilizer use and make all agricultural production much more environmentally friendly: controlled environment agriculture

How to tackle climate change and boost our agri-food sectorWhen we look at climate change, the future for many seems to hold only short-term despair and long-term disaster. Will humans be able to survive, let alone prosper? Before we let today’s doomsters depress us, let’s look at an earlier apocalyptic forecast. Around the turn of the 19th century, Thomas Malthus predicted the end of…

Farming is losing to misguided urban politics

Interest groups are weaponizing science to support a narrative that fits their biased view of what farmers should and shouldn’t do

Farming is losing to misguided urban politicsMost Canadians have never been on a farm, let alone lived on one, which makes more than 98 per cent of our population agriculturally illiterate. For many Canadians, crop production is an unknown concept. Because of this, it’s relatively easy to use fear to influence public opinion on any food-related issue involving agriculture. Activists know…

Busting myths about the Trans Mountain expansion

Disinformation continues to shadow this critical infrastructure project

Busting myths about the Trans Mountain expansionThis summer marks peak construction for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, with more than 13,500 people working on the project across Alberta and B.C. False narratives continue to shadow this critical infrastructure project. Here’s a look at four central myths that get repeated and why they are wrong. Myth: Trans Mountain expansion isn’t needed.…

Climate change extremism is leading the world to disaster

Oil is not evil: fossil fuels are responsible for making our lives longer and better

Climate change extremism is leading the world to disasterSometimes, the significance of a cataclysmic event is not immediately apparent. The bombing of Pearl Harbour was an event that shocked the world. Many realized – even as it was happening – that it would bring America into a war it didn’t want to be in. But few predicted what would follow. The end of…

The road to hell is paved with green intentions

The disastrous consequences of the green movement

The road to hell is paved with green intentionsPeople are beginning to understand that “the road to hell is paved with green intentions.” The green movement’s crusade to replace the 84 per cent of energy currently supplied by fossil fuels with windmills, solar panels and biofuels has led to much talk about energy supply and prices. But there’s also a profound human impact.…

High gas prices hurting? That’s exactly what Trudeau wants

Hardworking Canadians are going to have to drag this government kicking and screaming to get any relief at the pumps

High gas prices hurting? That’s exactly what Trudeau wantsBy Franco Terrazzano and Kris Sims The Trudeau Liberals must be patting themselves on the back every time they pass a gas station; after all, these unaffordable pump prices are precisely what they want. Inflation hasn’t been this high since the Pierre Elliot Trudeau government back in the early 80s. Canadians are struggling to afford…

Extremist views make for bad food policies

Unfortunately, the extremists are taking over

Extremist views make for bad food policiesNot a day goes by without seeing a group, or even a government, changing rules for farmers. In the name of the planet, animal welfare and our health, rules are changing despite our farmers’ knowledge and experience. It’s an interesting phenomenon, and it’s happening around the world. Farmers have long been regarded as the best…

Guilbeault’s past unlawful acts emboldening eco-terrorists?

Has never expressed any remorse or regret over breaking the law as an environmental activist

Guilbeault’s past unlawful acts emboldening eco-terrorists?During the Conservative leadership debate on May 11, Pierre Poilievre took the moderator to task for not mentioning an eco-terrorist attack on a pipeline project in British Columbia when listing recent attacks on critical infrastructure. On Feb. 17, around 20 masked assailants – some wielding axes – engaged in a co-ordinated attack on a Coastal…

Ditching pesticide ban good for environment

Manitoba must follow the science and re-introduce the bill to lift the ban on cosmetic pesticides

Ditching pesticide ban good for environmentManitoba needs to follow the science and not give into ideological environmentalists who value kneejerk emotionalism over positive outcomes. A case in point is the province’s sensible decision to lift a ban at least partially on cosmetic pesticides passed by the previous NDP government back in 2014. Cosmetic pesticides are pesticides used to control weeds…

Canada’s energy strategy defies stark global realities

Western leaders are acting in ways that make your cringe: It's like watching an out-of-control teen at their first party

Canada’s energy strategy defies stark global realitiesPeople have been asking for my thoughts on the recently announced federal climate plan. I shrug. I ask them what their thoughts are on the Iowa State Fair Hog Calling Regulations. I’m indifferent. I know I should care, but what’s the point? The feds throw something at us; we have to work with it. We…

Energy transition won’t be easy, especially in Canada

Bold vision without a solid grasp of the facts amounts to hallucination

Energy transition won’t be easy, especially in CanadaThe holy grail of “net-zero” is electrification. Over time, this solution to the problem of global climate change envisions that today’s fossil fuel-centric energy system will transition to one run by water, wind, solar, biofuels, hydrogen, nuclear, and – maybe eventually – fusion. In many countries, eliminating fossil fuels in the electric sector is the…

Canada’s energy reserves could have helped ensure peace

We need to stop the self-immolation of our energy sector before the next crisis strikes

Canada’s energy reserves could have helped ensure peaceHow to end the conflict created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine is top of mind. Most of the world, including Canada, wants this nasty war resolved in Ukraine’s favour. To do this, steps need to be taken to limit Russian aggression, short of the direct military engagement that could lead to an all-out multinational,…

Ukraine tragedy exposes some harsh global realities

The unintended consequences of our policy decisions

Ukraine tragedy exposes some harsh global realitiesThe tragedy unfolding in Ukraine brings several immediate thoughts to mind. In a dangerous world, being able to look after yourself is highly advantageous We talk a lot about how war has become obsolete, how a rules-based international order can substitute for a robust defence capability, and how attachment to the nation-state is increasingly passé.…
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