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Rachel Notley finally defends Alberta oil sands, pipelines in BC and screws up the message!

Rachel Notley finally defends Alberta oil sands, pipelines in BC and screws up the message!

Appealing to Vancouver with “rule of law” argument for Kinder Morgan support is public relations disaster waiting to happen Kinder Morgan won’t defend its own pipeline in Vancouver. Industry associations keep calling for more pipelines but won’t support Trans Mountain Expansion on the ground in the lower mainland. Alberta media – known affectionately in our […]

Canadian-produced Bison protoype E-pick up truck chock full of interesting tech

Canadian-produced Bison protoype E-pick up truck chock full of interesting tech

Bison project started in Alberta, prototype produced in Ontario, including 3D printed body parts The data is pretty clear that electric vehicles (EVs) are still the province of Innovators, the 2.5 per cent of consumers who love their gadgets and will pay a big price premium for new tech. But EVs are beginning to move into […]

Decarbonized oil sands crude is carbon benefit, not ‘carbon bomb’

Decarbonized oil sands crude is carbon benefit, not ‘carbon bomb’

If decarbonized oil sands heavy crudes displace carbon-intense heavies from Nigeria, Venezuela etc. then its a net-carbon benefit not a “carbon bomb” When was the last you heard someone suggest that the Alberta oil sands could be part of reducing global greenhouse emissions? The argument isn’t as preposterous as it seems, according to Kevin Birn of […]

How Canada can – and probably will – screw up its new ‘zero emission vehicle’ strategy

How Canada can – and probably will – screw up its new ‘zero emission vehicle’ strategy

New zero emission vehicle policy could lock Canada into EV “replacement model” just as TaaS takes hold in market The Canadian government announced late last month that a national zero emission vehicle – read, electric vehicle – will be developed by 2018. The Liberals have a chance to get it right and do plenty of […]

Global electric vehicles (EVs) sales nothing to get excited about just yet

Global electric vehicles (EVs) sales nothing to get excited about just yet

IEA report shows EVs global sales and market share rising quickly but still only around 1% The global electric car (EVs) fleet rose to two million in 2016, according to the Global EV Outlook 2017 from the International Energy Agency. The most important news from the IEA is that the electrification of transportation continues at a slow but steady […]

‘Oilsplaining’ – Alberta energy boosters’ clueless communications with Rest of Canada

‘Oilsplaining’ – Alberta energy boosters’ clueless communications with Rest of Canada

Oilsplaining to Canadians outside Alberta antagonizes potential supporters of key energy infrastructure projects oil-splain – verb: 1. an oil industry supporter explaining the value of pipelines, oil sands, etc. to someone, typically a Canadian living outside Alberta or Saskatchewan, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing; 2. To assume someone doesn’t support Alberta oil and […]

Canadians trust oil/gas sector far less than developing nations – CAPP/Ipsos survey

Canadians trust oil/gas sector far less than developing nations – CAPP/Ipsos survey

Canada is #1 choice for environmentally responsible producer of oil/gas in CAPP/Ipsos global survey Jeff Gaulin says Canadian trust of the oil and gas sector – a measly 18% according to a new CAPP/Ipsos survey – is roughly the same as in other developed countries like Spain, Germany, and France. Poll data says he’s right, but I […]

Canadian loathing of Donald Trump pumps up support for Paris Climate Accord

Canadian loathing of Donald Trump pumps up support for Paris Climate Accord

Pipelines for greenhouse gas emission reductions – the new Canadian social contract shaping energy policy, politics A new public opinion poll shows that 84 per cent of Canadians think President Donald Trump made a mistake exiting the Paris Climate Accord, and the same percentage want Canada to remain committed to the international agreement to fight climate […]

The Solo electric commuter car debuts on streets of Vancouver

The Solo electric commuter car debuts on streets of Vancouver

The Solo is pricey, but time is valuable to urban commuters and Solo could save plenty in congested mega-cities like Vancouver Jerry Kroll figures the day electric cars became really cool was last August when Elon Musk introduced “ludicrous mode” to the Tesla Model S, making it the third quickest production car in the world. Suddenly, soccer […]

Alberta government creates Indigenous Wisdom Advisory Panel

Alberta government creates Indigenous Wisdom Advisory Panel

Panel will meet with Chief Scientist to discuss ways to apply Indigenous wisdom in environmental monitoring The Alberta government has announced the creation of an Indigenous advisory panel to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and traditional ecological knowledge into environmental monitoring, according to a press release. “First Nations and Metis are vital to Alberta’s resource economy, but have […]