Bhag(ing) economic/environmental consensus a big hairy deal

Nothing concrete is happening that is remotely likely to produce a solution Canadians could get behind

Bhag(ing) economic/environmental consensus a big hairy dealMaybe Canada needs Jim Collins to help us get a grip on energy policy. Most folks who have been to a corporate retreat know these four letters: BHAG. They stand for Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Collins, a business consultant, author and lecturer, says BHAGs are intended to help companies and organizations set stretch goals that may…

Red tape chasing investors away from Alberta’s energy industry

Alberta has become less attractive for investment while the U.S. is drawing more attention, thanks to Trump's policy changes

Red tape chasing investors away from Alberta’s energy industryBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute TransCanada Corp. recently pulled the plug on Energy East, its proposed 1.1-million-barrel-per-day oil pipeline between Alberta and New Brunswick, a month after the company said it would conduct a “careful review” of the cost impacts of changes in National Energy Board regulations. It…

Trudeau, Notley said yes to pipelines, while really meaning no

While telling people that they understand the importance of the pipelines, Notley and Trudeau piled up the regulatory bricks to ensure they were not viable

Trudeau, Notley said yes to pipelines, while really meaning noTransCanada’s withdrawal of its proposal to build the Energy East and Eastern Mainline oil pipelines is a huge loss to Canada and Canadian workers – a $16 billion project regulated to death. Let’s get the red herring out of the way up front. Yes, the low world price of oil was surely part of this…

Pipeline opponents ignore risk of rail fatalities, contamination

Those who fight pipelines and shrug at the higher risks of rail transportation are naive at best and deceitful at worst

Pipeline opponents ignore risk of rail fatalities, contaminationThe Canadian economy is dependent on oil and gas, including the pipelines that transport them. Billions of dollars in fossil fuel exports pay for nearly all the things Canada doesn’t produce; Canada is a net importer of everything else. Yet the opponents of fossil fuels don’t seem to care that their opposition to pipelines will…

Another blow to pipeline projects in Canada

The NEB plans to judge a project on the greenhouse gas emissions of the people who produce the oil, as well as those who eventually consume it

Another blow to pipeline projects in CanadaIt seems that hardly a week goes by without some new announced barrier to the construction of pipelines to allow Canadian oil to flow to markets other than the glutted United States. The National Energy Board (NEB) recently issued a news release announcing the topics to be considered in its assessments of the Energy East and…

The search for Trans Mountain’s 15,000 construction jobs

Why would elected officials promote a construction jobs figure six times Kinder Morgan’s actual number?

The search for Trans Mountain’s 15,000 construction jobsWhen Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, he said it “will create 15,000 new, middle class jobs – the majority of them in the trades.” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr repeatedly points to this figure to justify the federal government’s approval. He says, “the project is expected to…

B.C. government’s pipeline paranoia putting safety at risk

Real world data shows that oil can be moved safely and less expensively by pipeline, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions

B.C. government’s pipeline paranoia putting safety at riskPipeline opponents are lining up again in British Columbia, but their case is off-point and exaggerates pipeline risks. The last several weeks have seen new, if somewhat contradictory, developments on the Trans Mountain pipeline file. Kinder Morgan received approval last year to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.…

Giving oil discounts or taking liberties with details?

The majority of oil produced in Canada is by companies with integrated operations in the U.S. There is no 'captive market' and no 'discount' because of it

Giving oil discounts or taking liberties with details?Gwyn Morgan’s recent column Canadians’ US$38-million-a-day gift to Americans is replete with factual errors. Morgan claims that, “five major oil-export pipelines remain unbuilt, leaving us with no choice but to sell our oil to U.S. buyers at below world prices. Depending on the world price and other factors, the resulting captive-market discount has been as much as…

Canadians’ US$38-million-a-day gift to Americans

Failure to build pipelines leaves us with no choice but to sell our oil to the U.S. at cheap prices, leaving it to sell its own oil at the international price

Canadians’ US$38-million-a-day gift to AmericansPresident Donald Trump has said Canada’s energy exports are unfair to the U.S. He’s clearly oblivious that we’ve given Americans the biggest trade gift ever to flow from one country to another because of our self-inflicted inability to access offshore markets with Canadian oil. After almost a decade and more than $1 billion spent on…

Why Trudeau and Notley are right to support pipeline expansion

We need the Trans Mountain project in order to protect the environment, keep costs in control, ensure the safety of workers and bolster the nation's economy

Why Trudeau and Notley are right to support pipeline expansionThe outcome of last month’s B.C. election raises serious questions about future energy policy in British Columbia. The election produced no clear winner, although the New Democrats and the Green Party have agreed to unite with an eye on forming the next government. That’s where the questions come in. During the campaign, the two parties…
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