Author Archive: Markham Hislop

rss feed

Author's Website →

Podcast: Don’t believe Elon Musk’s hype about autonomous driving EVs

Podcast: Don’t believe Elon Musk’s hype about autonomous driving EVs

Mobility as a Service won’t really arrive until 2030 and become a mature business model until 2050 The hype around autonomous electric vehicles (AEV) is out of control, much of it led by Elon Musk, the visionary CEO of Tesla Motors, who has claimed that existing EVs will become fully autonomous with just a software […]

California vs. Texas carbon pricing strategies: Notley, Kenney asking Alberta to pick one or the other

California vs. Texas carbon pricing strategies: Notley, Kenney asking Alberta to pick one or the other

NDP policy lines up Albert with emerging Asian markets, UCP approach with existing customers in Texas, Midwest Yesterday morning I wrote about the carbon tax debate in Alberta, pointing out that Jason Kenney and the UCP were kicking the political stuffing out of Rachel Notley and the NDP on this issue. An afternoon interview with […]

Notley govt not selling carbon tax as well as Kenney is opposing it

Notley govt not selling carbon tax as well as Kenney is opposing it

New Alberta government carbon tax message: Asia is the future, China and India price carbon, the customer is always right Alberta’s carbon tax rose from $20 to $30 a tonne Jan. 1, setting off another political clash between the ruling NDP and Jason Kenney, one that will dominate political discourse until the provincial election in […]

3 takeaways from Canada’s upcoming clean fuel standard framework

3 takeaways from Canada’s upcoming clean fuel standard framework

Clean Fuel Standard will be technology-neutral, companies can comply in way that suits them best By Bora Plumptre, Pembina Institute The forthcoming clean fuel standard is the single largest piece of the mitigation effort being taken to achieve Canada’s climate target under the Paris Agreement. Remarkably, by 2030, the federal government expects the policy will reduce […]

By December 28, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Kevin Taft’s claim for Big Oil-controlled Canadian ‘deep state’ ignores Climate Leadership Plan

Kevin Taft’s claim for Big Oil-controlled Canadian ‘deep state’ ignores Climate Leadership Plan

Belief in Big Oil “deep state” treads dangerously close to conspiracy theory Has Big Oil subverted democracy and installed a polite version of the “deep state” – a state within a state intended to further industry’s interests at the expense of pubic interests – in Canada? Are public institutions in Alberta “captured” by the Petroleum […]

By December 27, 2017 2 Comments Read More →
NEB denies Trans Mountain request to immediately begin building Burnaby Mountain tunnel portals

NEB denies Trans Mountain request to immediately begin building Burnaby Mountain tunnel portals

NEB cites desire to finish detail route hearings in March before ruling on tunnel portal construction The National Energy Board has denied an early start to construction of the entry and exit portals of the underground tunnel through Burnaby Mountain that is part of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline project, the federal regulator announced Friday. […]

By December 26, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Fossil-fuel consumption subsidies are down, but not out – IEA

Fossil-fuel consumption subsidies are down, but not out – IEA

Phasing out subsidies means a better allocation of resources across the energy system By Toshiyuki Shirai and Zakia Adam, International Energy Agency Getting energy prices right is critical for sound policymaking. But because of government energy subsidies prices that consumers pay in many countries are often well below their real market value, let alone the price that would […]

By December 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Canada’s renewable power generation continues to grow – NEB

Canada’s renewable power generation continues to grow – NEB

Nuclear power supplied an average of 14.7% of electricity from 2005 to 2016, 2nd largest source of total generation Canada’s non-hydro renewable power capacity grew by more than eight per cent in 2016, adding nearly 1,300 megawatts (MW) of solar, biomass and wind-generated power, according to the National Energy Board’s update of the Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape […]

By December 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Time for oilfield services assoc. to choose progressive CEO as Salkeld retires

Time for oilfield services assoc. to choose progressive CEO as Salkeld retires

Salkeld provided effective leadership as Canadian industry begins grappling with technology-driven changes to its business model Mark Salkeld is preparing to leave his job in mid-March as head of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada. Who will the PSAC board choose as his successor? Will it be a conservative with instructions to push back hard against […]

By December 22, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Global oil and gas discoveries fall again in 2017, will impact supply in the 2020s

Global oil and gas discoveries fall again in 2017, will impact supply in the 2020s

Global exploration expenditures fell by over 60% from 2014 to 2017 2017 was another low year for the discovery of conventional volumes of oil and gas, with less than seven billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) found year to date, according to consultancy Rystad Energy. “We haven’t seen anything like this since the 1940s,” says senior analyst […]

By December 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →