Markham on Energy

Fact checking Lorne Gunter…it’s the dumpster fire you always imagined

Fact checking Lorne Gunter…it’s the dumpster fire you always imagined

Edmonton Sun columnist Lorne Gunter ignores basic journalism – interviewing sources, respect for facts – in recent column Canadians understand the quality of modern journalism has declined because media businesses, particularly newspapers, suffer from a broken revenue model. If you can’t afford experienced journalists, you get kids out of J-school willing to work for peanuts. – […]

Interview with Tony Seba: The man who would destroy the global oil industry – Part 1

Interview with Tony Seba: The man who would destroy the global oil industry – Part 1

Tony Seba predicts global oil output will fall from 100MM b/d in 2020 to 70 MM b/d because of rapid rise of EV-based “transportation as a service” If you live in Alberta or Texas or some other oil producing jurisdiction, remember this name: Tony Seba. The Stanford University lecturer released an extraordinary study last week in […]

Why isn’t Notley pursuing ‘neatbit by rail’ for oil sands bitumen?

Why isn’t Notley pursuing ‘neatbit by rail’ for oil sands bitumen?

Notley government says it focused on growing pipeline market access, no plans for neatbit by rail Albertans are mad in news stories and op-eds, they’re mad in the Legislature, and, boy, are they ever mad on social media. Many believe they traded a carbon tax for pipelines. So, Premier Notley, where are the pipelines, they ask? You […]

Alberta oil and gas juniors evolving as markets, technologies change

Alberta oil and gas juniors evolving as markets, technologies change

Juniors will be be larger, better capitalized, only working in very best production areas – Gary Leach, EPAC CEO Like everyone else in the global oil patch, Canadian oil and gas juniors have had a rough time of it. The oil price rout engineered by the Saudis and OPEC that began in late 2014 left […]

Alberta banks weather oil patch downturn much better than expected

Alberta banks weather oil patch downturn much better than expected

“After banks and investors are satisfied, they might have some revenue to start hiring people.” – Mark Salkeld, PSAC The past two years have been rough for Alberta, with oil prices in the tank and oil patch capital investment down by more than two-thirds. But for provincial financial institutions, the situation has been manageable. Not […]

“What if we gave Canada 20 Standing Rocks?” over Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

“What if we gave Canada 20 Standing Rocks?” over Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

Many Vancouver activists are angry, ready for “direct action” on Trans Mountain Expansion – Kai Nagata “New infrastructure to bring in more oil from the tar sands? Forget it, it’s not going to happen,” says Quebec’s Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon. “What if we gave Canada 20 Standing Rocks?” Simon is referring to the huge protest – […]

Electric vehicles will kill global oil industry by 2030, says Stanford economist Tony Seba

Electric vehicles will kill global oil industry by 2030, says Stanford economist Tony Seba

If Tony Seba is correct, the Texas and Alberta economies just took a metaphorical bullet to the head Will the emerging electric vehicle “transportation as a service” business model kill the global oil industry in 10 years? Tony Seba thinks it will. The Stanford economist released a landmark study Thursday about the revolutionary changes soon to be […]

‘Reforming’ the National Energy Board – will Trudeau get it right?

‘Reforming’ the National Energy Board – will Trudeau get it right?

Pipeline reviews by National Energy Board must have process that incorporates wider environmental concerns without bogging down technical review When the Trudeau Liberals are through, Canadians won’t recognize the review process for energy infrastructure projects. “Modernizing” the National Energy Board has attracted much of the energy industry’s attention, but the federal government effort is much […]

The coming Electric Utopia and the moral responsibility of Canadians

The coming Electric Utopia and the moral responsibility of Canadians

If Electric Utopia (the electric age) is to arrive sooner, Canadians must take responsibility for their political, economic  choices When one is at the beginning of a journey, the destination can seem a very long way off – perhaps mysterious and a bit scary if we haven’t visited before. The journey to the Electric Utopia […]

Memo to Rachel Notley: Time to kick Tzeporah Berman off Alberta gravy train

Memo to Rachel Notley: Time to kick Tzeporah Berman off Alberta gravy train

Shannon Phillips says group membership will change – now is the perfect time to fire Tzeporah Berman I’ve written three columns about Tzeporah Berman, the eco-activist gadfly appointed by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to the Oil Sands Advisory Group two years ago. At first I supported Notley’s decision. But it soon became clear Berman is a political […]