Markham on Energy

Claudia Cattaneo and the sad state of ‘Team Energy’ journalism

Claudia Cattaneo and the sad state of ‘Team Energy’ journalism

Team Energy worries more about pleasing Alberta oil/gas executives than getting the story right Is there a branch of journalism these days more politicized than energy reporting and opinion? The two big camps, of course, are the anti-fossil fuel/pro-renewables on the left and pro-fossil fuels on the right. Abandoning objectivity to root for one team might […]

Crescent Point pulls out of CAPP…is it civil war in the Alberta oil patch?

Crescent Point pulls out of CAPP…is it civil war in the Alberta oil patch?

Big Oil backs NDP energy/climate policies, Little Oil lining up behind United Conservative Party Crescent Point Energy, whose CEO Scott Saxberg is a vocal critic of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s energy and climate policies, is leaving the Canadian Assoc. of Petroleum Producers in a move one observer says is likely the start of a trend now […]

Alberta cheering on Saudis in oil price battle with American shale

Alberta cheering on Saudis in oil price battle with American shale

Alberta oil sands in good shape to ride out price volatility, but high paying oil and gas jobs won’t be back until 2018 Alberta is watching the Saudi vs. US shale cage match over marketshare with some trepidation, hoping this isn’t late 2014 all over again, when OPEC opened the taps to drive US shale drillers out […]

Will new EV business model disrupt car ownership sooner or later? Interview with Tony Seba – Part 2

Will new EV business model disrupt car ownership sooner or later? Interview with Tony Seba – Part 2

Tony Seba says private car ownership will be dead by 2030. Experts say more like 2050 or 2060, but change is coming Suddenly, Tony Seba is the talk of the town. The Stanford lecturer released a study in early May predicting a new electric vehicles (EVs) business model – Transportation as a Service (TaaS) – would […]

Window closing for new pipelines? Alberta must engage rest of Canada to advance energy, climate agenda – Dave Collyer

Window closing for new pipelines? Alberta must engage rest of Canada to advance energy, climate agenda – Dave Collyer

Window is open now to build support for new pipelines, Calgary must act quickly to engage Canadians on climate – Dave Collyer For a host of reasons – some historic, some cultural – Calgary-based oil/gas and pipeline companies think they can build energy infrastructure and expand the oil sands without engaging with Canadians outside Alberta. […]

Responding to the Newfie Windbag: Rex Murphy wrong about social licence, energy politics

Responding to the Newfie Windbag: Rex Murphy wrong about social licence, energy politics

Rex Murphy is captured. A boot licker. A sycophant who steps ‘n fetches for the master – Hislop A principle of media punditry is – or used to be and should remain – that complex issues be explained in the simplest and most insightful way possible. Being sesquipedalian is verboten. So we turn to Rex Murphy, […]

What can technology adoption theory tell us about United Conservative Party energy politics?

What can technology adoption theory tell us about United Conservative Party energy politics?

PC members appear to be Early to Late Majority Adopters, Wildrose are Laggards. Can they get along in the United Conservative Party? The Wildrose Party and PCs agreed Thursday to create a new political organization – the United Conservative Party (UCP) – they hope will bring down the Rachel Notley NDP in 2019. Energy and climate policies will […]

‘Premier Horgan’ can’t stop construction of Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

‘Premier Horgan’ can’t stop construction of Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

Trans Mountain Expansion is a done deal, construction like to start in Sept. Can a BC NDP minority government hinder or stop construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline? Some British Columbia politicians think so, some ill-informed pundits also think so, but the opinion of scholars is that the Canadian Constitution and 60 years of […]

NEB ‘modernization’ a huge boost to Alberta pipeline ambitions

NEB ‘modernization’ a huge boost to Alberta pipeline ambitions

Alberta oil sands is only source of tax revenue that can eliminate Trudeau government budget deficits If the Canadian Government accepts the recommendations of the expert panel on modernizing the National Energy Board, Alberta will be given a gift of priceless value: As much new pipeline capacity as it can ever need or use. Why? Follow […]

3-year timeline for pipeline reviews, more public and indigenous input – NEB modernization report

3-year timeline for pipeline reviews, more public and indigenous input – NEB modernization report

Expert panel recommendations are top to bottom reworking of energy infrastructure assessment process After years of complaints from First Nations and eco-activists that the National Energy Board was biased toward the energy industry, the Canadian government released an expert panel report Monday designed to “modernize” the national energy regulator. The oil and gas industry has […]