Politics

Revisiting Albertan carbon tax scepticism – Ecofiscal Commission

Revisiting Albertan carbon tax scepticism – Ecofiscal Commission

Alberta must legally spend revenues from carbon tax on further emissions reductions or refunds to Albertans By Brendan Frank, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission  A lot has happened in Alberta since January 1. The economy is on the mend, provincial politics will never be the same and, yes, there’s a $20 carbon tax in place. Last Christmas, […]

By September 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Is oil and gas ready for a rainy day? – IEA

Is oil and gas ready for a rainy day? – IEA

With recent bets made by investors, expectations are markets are tightening By staff, International Energy Agency The US has recently seen two severe weather events: Hurricane Harvey has more directly affected oil industry operations than Hurricane Irma, although the full impact of the latter remains to be seen at the time of writing, according to […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Indigenous consent is key to Canadian sustainable oil and gas development

Indigenous consent is key to Canadian sustainable oil and gas development

Trudeau environmental assessment reform adopts a highly restrictive approach to indigenous consent Martin Papillon and Thierry Rodon, Institute for Research on Public Policy On June 30, the Trudeau government quietly released its highly anticipated approach to revamping the federal environmental assessment process. Expectations were high following the recommendations of the government-appointed expert panel. Sadly, the Liberal […]

By September 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
3 things to know about BC LNG in 2017 – Pembina Institute

3 things to know about BC LNG in 2017 – Pembina Institute

British Columbia’s new government has shifted the province’s messaging on liquefied natural gas (LNG). No longer is LNG being unrealistically promoted as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for job creation, the source of billions of dollars for a Prosperity Fund, and more than $1 trillion in economic activity. Nevertheless, despite the cancellation of the controversial Petronas-backed Pacific […]

By August 31, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Global oil/gas industry transformed as it responds to oversupply, new technologies – IEA

Global oil/gas industry transformed as it responds to oversupply, new technologies – IEA

Conventional onshore production shifted towards brownfield development to minimise capital spending – just like Alberta oil sands By Alessandro Blasi, senior programme officer, International Energy Agency The last few years have been particularly challenging for the oil and gas industry. From the natural gas shale revolution beginning about a decade ago to the dramatic shale-oil […]

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, […]

Rick Perry duped into fake interview “Jerky Boys of Russia”

Rick Perry duped into fake interview “Jerky Boys of Russia”

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry talked coal exports, energy matters with Russian pranksters One of the Russian pranksters known as the “Jerky Boys of Russia” duped US Energy Minister Rick Perry earlier this month, convincing the one-time presidential candidate that he was speaking with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. According to Reuters, during the 22-minute […]

US solar industry prepares for possible Trump tariff on Chinese exports

US solar industry prepares for possible Trump tariff on Chinese exports

US solar domestic industry employs 260,000 people The US solar industry is bracing for a decision from the Trump administration that could see hefty tariffs imposed on solar energy components imported into the United States from China. Suniva is a manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells and high-power solar modules. The Georgia-based, but mostly […]

ExxonMobil challenges “retroactive changes” on Russian sanctions by US Treasury

ExxonMobil challenges “retroactive changes” on Russian sanctions by US Treasury

ExxonMobil argues Treasury can’t apply sanctions just because it retroactively changes its interpretation of rules ExxonMobil said it has launched a legal challenge to a finding by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that it violated U.S. sanctions against Russia in 2014 when the company followed authoritative and specific guidance from the Obama […]

5 reasons US could be world’s top LNG exporter sooner rather than later

5 reasons US could be world’s top LNG exporter sooner rather than later

Challenge is how to get LNG out of US and into global markets By Seth Whitehead, EnergyInDepth Last month, EID highlighted how the U.S. has become a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter virtually overnight. The trend has certainly continued. In the 17 short months since the first shipment of U.S. LNG departed Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass […]