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Jason Kenney threatens trade war with BC over Trans Mountain…whose interests is he serving?

Jason Kenney threatens trade war with BC over Trans Mountain…whose interests is he serving?

Threats to retaliate against BC if Horgan government inhibits pipeline progress benefits Kenney, but may harm Kinder Morgan’s construction efforts Erik Wiik is an early-30s engineer who owns a Vancouver-based small business – exactly the kind of lower mainland voter whose support Alberta needs to cultivate in the great pipeline debate. But Jason Kenney and […]

Pipelines – not carbon tax and climate policies – the big issue for Alberta oil/gas producers – Dave Collyer

Pipelines – not carbon tax and climate policies – the big issue for Alberta oil/gas producers – Dave Collyer

Construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion is big test for Canadian oil and gas industry – Collyer Eric Nuttall of the Sprott Energy Fund is mad as hell, so mad he’s taking his $146.3 million energy fund out of the Canadian oil and gas industry and investing in American shale production instead. Is capital […]

‘Methane more than just cow farts’ campaign underscores division between climate change foes, industry

‘Methane more than just cow farts’ campaign underscores division between climate change foes, industry

Energy industry emissions, not cow farts, need to be strictly regulated says ENGO, labour coalition in new campaign Two actors in a cow suit showed up at the Alberta Legislature today because, well, that’s what it takes to get the public to pay attention to the issue of methane – 86 times more potent as a […]

Weak oil prices undermine any chance of recovery for Alberta finances before 2019 election

Weak oil prices undermine any chance of recovery for Alberta finances before 2019 election

“There’s no self-correcting way out of this situation… if [oil] prices don’t rise, there’s no easy way.” – Tombe The Alberta government is betting on rising oil prices and growing royalties over the next year to pare its budget deficits, but how likely is that scenario? Not very, according to economist Trevor Tombe, as global […]

Consequences of Trump disruption becoming clearer as NAFTA talks set to begin

Consequences of Trump disruption becoming clearer as NAFTA talks set to begin

Canada exported $62.3 billion of oil/gas in 2016, just behind vehicles at $64.3 billion By Glen Hodgson, senior fellow, Conference Board of Canada Donald Trump’s election agenda promised to challenge the existing U.S. political and economic order – that’s what his populist political base voted for. But while Mr. Trump promised to make America great again, […]

Time for BC journalists to ask energy economists why Petronas cancelled Pacific NorthWest LNG?

Time for BC journalists to ask energy economists why Petronas cancelled Pacific NorthWest LNG?

BC media habitually reports on energy news stories without interviewing energy economists, Pacific NorthWest LNG just latest example Are John Horgan and the BC NDP responsible for Petronas’ decision to cancel the $27 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project? One would certainly think so after reading the bilious commentary since the Malaysian company made its decision […]

BC NDP govt can’t ‘un-ring bell’ of inflammatory anti-Trans Mountain  Expansion rhetoric – law prof

BC NDP govt can’t ‘un-ring bell’ of inflammatory anti-Trans Mountain Expansion rhetoric – law prof

The BC NDP government of John Horgan is proceeding cautiously with the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline, not wanting to expose the Province to a lawsuit, according to Attorney General David Eby, especially since it’s not yet clear exactly how much authority the province has to stop the project. The MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey told a […]

The REAL significance of France, Britain banning gasoline-powered cars by 2040

The REAL significance of France, Britain banning gasoline-powered cars by 2040

Better batteries, lower prices, self-driving, new business models – France and Britain are being conservative with 2040 deadline So, Britain is “banning” the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040. France announced a similar intent several weeks ago. And both stories were somehow conflated by many media with Volvo’s much ballyhooed declaration that starting […]

Trump sanctions on Venezuela could be boon for Alberta oil sands producers

Trump sanctions on Venezuela could be boon for Alberta oil sands producers

Pipelines are full, which would mean more oil-by-rail to US Gulf Coast refineries Global heavy crude oil markets are already tight because of OPEC cutbacks and potential sanctions against Venezuela by the United States could make them even tighter, opening new market opportunities for Alberta oil sands producers with refiners in the Gulf Coast region. […]

Canada needs a national energy strategy yesterday and Trudeau must take lead – Michal C. Moore

Canada needs a national energy strategy yesterday and Trudeau must take lead – Michal C. Moore

Energy technology is changing rapidly, Canada risks being left behind unless it prepares for future with national energy strategy The premiers met last week and one of the topics on the table was the “Canadian Energy Strategy,” which is turning out to be all platitudes and pablum, the typical Canadian approach to contentious policy issues. […]