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Time for a Notley ‘Big Love’ strategy for Alberta oil and gas sector?

Time for a Notley ‘Big Love’ strategy for Alberta oil and gas sector?

If the Alberta NDP love oil and gas sector as much as they say, why not actively court its votes? Bill Paxton, the respected American actor, died Saturday at 61. His death got me thinking about his role as the Mormon polygamist Bill Henricksen on the HBO drama Big Love, and how NDP Premier Rachel […]

By February 27, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Canadian Energy Politics for Dummies, a refresher for the rest of us

Canadian Energy Politics for Dummies, a refresher for the rest of us

Almost all senior Canadian governments base their policies on the energy transition model Canadian energy politics is intense – and growing more intense every year – and confusing, partly because the Alberta-based oil and gas industry is fighting a rearguard action against governments and voters, who largely support the long-term transition from fossil fuels to […]

By February 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Calgary MP Len Webber must apologize for linking pipeline approval and BC opioid crisis

Calgary MP Len Webber must apologize for linking pipeline approval and BC opioid crisis

“If you’re willing to make it easier for us in Alberta, we can make it easier for you to put in safe injection sites throughout the country.” – Webber If you’re an Alberta Member of Parliament, like Calgary’s Len Webber, not antagonizing BC voters ahead of building a crucial West Coast pipeline seems, well, obvious. […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Trump, NAFTA, border tax – “Market intelligence” from North American Energy News

Trump, NAFTA, border tax – “Market intelligence” from North American Energy News

Market intelligence services: Webinars, regular updates, breaking news bulletins, rapid response to client questions about issues Businesses dislike uncertainty. With the election of Donald Trump, the Alberta oil and gas industry is facing significant uncertainty: changes to NAFTA and other trade rules, and the possible imposition of a “border adjustment tax.” North American Energy News Inc. offers […]

By February 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Shannon Phillips lays out case for Alberta climate policies, oil sands expansion

Shannon Phillips lays out case for Alberta climate policies, oil sands expansion

Alberta government, industry goal is to reduce oil sands GHG levels to that of conventional oil A common view in the Alberta oil patch is that the NDP are anti-oil sands and that eco-activist ideology is driving the Climate Leadership Plan. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips went out of her way to dispel that view Monday during a Markham On […]

Beware the  clean energy technology ‘hype cyclers’

Beware the clean energy technology ‘hype cyclers’

Hype cyclers pressure governments to enact expensive, ineffective policy to promote adoption of clean energy technologies like EVs If you spend any time on social media these days, you’re bound to come across a “hype cycler” – or herds of them, depending on your friends and followers – raving about the virtues of electric vehicles or […]

Dear Vancouver, Burnaby: You can’t give us one lousy pipeline? – Justin Trudeau, Rachel Notley

Dear Vancouver, Burnaby: You can’t give us one lousy pipeline? – Justin Trudeau, Rachel Notley

Canada, BC and Alberta have compromised to make Trans Mountain possible, now it’s time for Vancouver, Burnaby to compromise, too Canadian federalism has always been about regions. individual provinces, and the national government compromising to get things done. During the 150th anniversary of the nation, the mayors of Vancouver and Burnaby need to relearn their […]

EV adoption will be slow, unlikely to reduce oil demand for 50 years or more

EV adoption will be slow, unlikely to reduce oil demand for 50 years or more

Earliest new EV battery chemistry available likely to be 2035 or 2040 Q. Why build North American pipelines, expand Texas shale production and the Alberta oil sands, if electric vehicles will replace internal combustion engine cars in a decade or two? A. Because EVs will only make minor inroads into global auto markets by the 2040s or 2050s, […]

Keystone XL pipeline: New book outlines hard-won lessons from Obama rejection

Keystone XL pipeline: New book outlines hard-won lessons from Obama rejection

US, Canadian governments must enforce approvals of pipeline projects like Keystone XL – McConaghy Keystone XL is back on the table and that’s good news for the Canadian oil sands industry, says Dennis McConaghy, author of a new book on the controversial pipeline project. And this time around he thinks proponent TransCanada is much better equipped […]

Is the fate of the American economy riding on Rick Perry?

Is the fate of the American economy riding on Rick Perry?

As US shifts from fossil fuels to renewable energy and electrifies transportation, battery storage becomes critical to economic competitiveness If Rick Perry survives the nomination process to become energy secretary in the Donald Trump Administration, he will become a key player in the evolution of the American economy over the next four or eight years. A heady position […]