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Oil sands players back Notley’s energy/climate policies – sticky politics for new conservative party?

Oil sands players back Notley’s energy/climate policies – sticky politics for new conservative party?

Oil sands players believe Climate Leadership Plan will help them lower production costs, crude oil carbon-intensity This weekend members of the Wildrose Party and the PC Assoc. of Alberta are deciding if they want to merge into a United Conservative Party. If the merger goes ahead, the new party will eventually generate a policy platform. […]

“Technology renaissance” transforming oil sands in situ production – lowering costs, carbon-intensity

“Technology renaissance” transforming oil sands in situ production – lowering costs, carbon-intensity

“Oil and gas producers need to be carbon-competitive and cost-competitive” – Suncor CEO Steve Williams A technology revolution is taking place in the Alberta oil sands. Suncor and Cenovus, two of the largest oil sands producers, released their sustainability reports earlier this week and both are making steady progress toward the goals of reducing the […]

Canada energy news brief July 20: Trans Mountain Expansion construction begins in Sept.

Canada energy news brief July 20: Trans Mountain Expansion construction begins in Sept.

Also in this brief: Former Albertan Michelle Mungall named BC energy minister; Hydro One, Avista combined create top 20 North American utility Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson said Wed. that construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline will start in Sept. as planned, despite widespread opposition in Metro Vancouver. “I’ve worked co-operatively with several provincial […]

Clean energy tech brief July 20: Captain Kirk explores the outer reaches of…home solar energy

Clean energy tech brief July 20: Captain Kirk explores the outer reaches of…home solar energy

Also in this brief: Only 1 in 8 US homes uses programmed thermostat with central AC, will there be enough lithium to meet growing battery needs William Shatner joins Save Money, Save the World alliance, switches home to solar power Actor William Shatner, famous for playing Captain Jame T. Kirk on the 1960s Star Trek TV series and […]

Trudeau Liberals’ popularity surprisingly strong in BC, Alberta – can it survive Trans Mountain Expansion?

Trudeau Liberals’ popularity surprisingly strong in BC, Alberta – can it survive Trans Mountain Expansion?

Trudeau Liberals handling of upcoming pipeline protests could seriously damage – or help – popularity in BC, Alberta A new public opinion poll from Abacus Data shows the federal Liberals with surprisingly high popularity in British Columbia despite Ottawa’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and in Alberta where the the party received only a […]

Alberta news brief July 18: Industry to blame for its pipeline problems – 7Gen founder Carlson

Alberta news brief July 18: Industry to blame for its pipeline problems – 7Gen founder Carlson

Also in this brief: Canada’s uncertain role in the global LNG market, TransAlta says Rona Ambrose will help it become Canada’s “leading clean power company” Pat Carlson, founder of innovative natural gas producer Seven Generations Energy, tells Bloomberg that the Canadian industry should stop blaming “environmentalists, First Nation communities or the government for its failure to get LNG export […]

Give up meat, cars, plane travel, more kids? No thanks, say Canadians

Give up meat, cars, plane travel, more kids? No thanks, say Canadians

Canadians won’t change their lifestyles to reduce GHG emissions, curtailing options to meet Paris climate commitments A study from Sweden’s Lund University got a lot of play in the Canadian media last week because it proposed four “simple” things consumers can do to become climate change warriors and significantly reduce their individual carbon footprint. But […]

Brian Jean stoking resentment of Alberta in other provinces for his own political gain

Brian Jean stoking resentment of Alberta in other provinces for his own political gain

Jean deceives Albertans by distorting province’s contribution, role in equalization program “Hostility is not a good political strategy,” is how Calgary communications expert Doug Lacombe described an oil and gas industry attempt in 2015 to tie equalization payments to pipeline approvals. Someone needs to tell Wildrose leader Brian Jean – who is busy making the […]

Alberta news brief July 14: Husky Energy invests in CO2 capture tech to support heavy oil ops

Alberta news brief July 14: Husky Energy invests in CO2 capture tech to support heavy oil ops

Also in this brief: Cenovus looks outside for CEO to replace to Brian Ferguson, Pengrowth sells Olds/Garrington area assets for $300 million Inventys, the developer of the VeloxoTherm™ System, a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture process, says it has raised $10 million of equity financing, with Husky Energy as lead investor. The money will fund a 30-tonne per day […]

How Alberta, industry are about to waste the PR value of the Climate Leadership Plan

How Alberta, industry are about to waste the PR value of the Climate Leadership Plan

A few weeks or days before pipeline construction begins is too late to be talking up Climate Leadership Plan in Vancouver The Alberta oil and gas industry talks a lot about the cost of the Climate Leadership Plan, which is fair enough with Western Canada Select hovering below $39USD a barrel. But what of the […]