Markham on Energy

Oil sands players back Notley’s energy/climate policies – sticky politics for new conservative party?

Oil sands players back Notley’s energy/climate policies – sticky politics for new conservative party?

Oil sands players believe Climate Leadership Plan will help them lower production costs, crude oil carbon-intensity This weekend members of the Wildrose Party and the PC Assoc. of Alberta are deciding if they want to merge into a United Conservative Party. If the merger goes ahead, the new party will eventually generate a policy platform. […]

“Technology renaissance” transforming oil sands in situ production – lowering costs, carbon-intensity

“Technology renaissance” transforming oil sands in situ production – lowering costs, carbon-intensity

“Oil and gas producers need to be carbon-competitive and cost-competitive” – Suncor CEO Steve Williams A technology revolution is taking place in the Alberta oil sands. Suncor and Cenovus, two of the largest oil sands producers, released their sustainability reports earlier this week and both are making steady progress toward the goals of reducing the […]

Trudeau Liberals’ popularity surprisingly strong in BC, Alberta – can it survive Trans Mountain Expansion?

Trudeau Liberals’ popularity surprisingly strong in BC, Alberta – can it survive Trans Mountain Expansion?

Trudeau Liberals handling of upcoming pipeline protests could seriously damage – or help – popularity in BC, Alberta A new public opinion poll from Abacus Data shows the federal Liberals with surprisingly high popularity in British Columbia despite Ottawa’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and in Alberta where the the party received only a […]

Give up meat, cars, plane travel, more kids? No thanks, say Canadians

Give up meat, cars, plane travel, more kids? No thanks, say Canadians

Canadians won’t change their lifestyles to reduce GHG emissions, curtailing options to meet Paris climate commitments A study from Sweden’s Lund University got a lot of play in the Canadian media last week because it proposed four “simple” things consumers can do to become climate change warriors and significantly reduce their individual carbon footprint. But […]

Brian Jean stoking resentment of Alberta in other provinces for his own political gain

Brian Jean stoking resentment of Alberta in other provinces for his own political gain

Jean deceives Albertans by distorting province’s contribution, role in equalization program “Hostility is not a good political strategy,” is how Calgary communications expert Doug Lacombe described an oil and gas industry attempt in 2015 to tie equalization payments to pipeline approvals. Someone needs to tell Wildrose leader Brian Jean – who is busy making the […]

How Alberta, industry are about to waste the PR value of the Climate Leadership Plan

How Alberta, industry are about to waste the PR value of the Climate Leadership Plan

A few weeks or days before pipeline construction begins is too late to be talking up Climate Leadership Plan in Vancouver The Alberta oil and gas industry talks a lot about the cost of the Climate Leadership Plan, which is fair enough with Western Canada Select hovering below $39USD a barrel. But what of the […]

Notley hits right note in Calgary speech defending Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

Notley hits right note in Calgary speech defending Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

With minority BC NDP government set to take power, Notley must lead fight to defend Trans Mountain Expansion After a shaky start to her campaign to support Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline when it begins construction this fall, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley got it right in a speech to the Stampede Investment Forum in Calgary on Tuesday, […]

Musk tweets photos as first Model 3 rolls off the assembly line – is this Tesla a game changer?

Musk tweets photos as first Model 3 rolls off the assembly line – is this Tesla a game changer?

EV analyst Chris Robinson cautions that Tesla Model 3 not yet a tipping point for EV market, industry The long awaited first Tesla Model 3 – a sleek black four door gifted to CEO Elon Musk by a board member – hit the streets of California Monday and immediately became a social media sensation. The $35,000USD […]

Time for Notley to emerge as Alberta energy champion? CAPP study provides opportunity

Time for Notley to emerge as Alberta energy champion? CAPP study provides opportunity

Rachel Notley should lead Sustainable Prosperity Steering Committee, use it as platform to champion Alberta energy The Canadian Assoc. of Petroleum Producers released a study Wednesday arguing that Alberta energy and climate regulations are hindering industry competitiveness, especially when compared to the United States. CAPP has a point. The energy world is changing rapidly. If the […]

Postmedia fires first shot in political war with NDP over energy/climate policies

Postmedia fires first shot in political war with NDP over energy/climate policies

Oil sands emissions cap, carbon levy, output-based allocation system sets up industry for years of expansion – Notley must defend her own regulations Marg McCuaig-Boyd wrote an op-ed in the Friday Calgary Herald defending the Alberta government’s energy and climate policies. Postmedia writer Claudia Cattaneo replied with a giant oil sands dump truck of claptrap […]