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Time for Trudeau to support high quality journalism with a Canadian Journalism Fund

Time for Trudeau to support high quality journalism with a Canadian Journalism Fund

Canadian Journalism Fund must have expiration date, exclude pseudo-news organizations like Rebel Media A new public opinion poll shows that Canadians don’t care if newspapers fail, and if they do that the Canadian government should not intervene. Fine, let print news die, the future of journalism is online, anyway. But the Trudeau Liberals should support […]

Tzeporah Berman’s out as Oil Sands Advisory Group delivers report, Phillips shouldn’t repeat mistake

Tzeporah Berman’s out as Oil Sands Advisory Group delivers report, Phillips shouldn’t repeat mistake

Alberta government must stop appointing fire-breathing eco-warriors to provincial advisory groups As of June 30, Tzeporah Berman will no longer be a member of the Alberta government’s Oil Sands Advisory Group. Let’s hope Shannon Phillips has learned a lesson about the political problems that accompany appointing extreme eco-activists to Alberta government committees. When Berman was […]

$2 billion federal Low Carbon Economy Fund hoping to emulate Alberta successes?

$2 billion federal Low Carbon Economy Fund hoping to emulate Alberta successes?

Alberta showing way by helping industry to decarbonize oil sands bitumen, Low Carbon Economy Fund should take same approach The Canadian government announced the $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund Thursday, hoping to support innovation and new technologies in a wide range of industries. The funding is spread over five years and at least one […]

Elon Musk, Tony Seba hyping fully self-driving cars, but they’re still 1-2 decades away – analyst

Elon Musk, Tony Seba hyping fully self-driving cars, but they’re still 1-2 decades away – analyst

Technical problems, state and national regulations, and insurance companies are all serious constraints to adoption of self-driving cars The world is abuzz with the prospect of fully autonomous vehicles, abandoning private car ownership for “Transportation as a Service,” and cheap transportation costing 10 per cent of current rates – all backstopped by the futuristic predictions […]

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 […]