Living in the post-truth world, energy style

Post-truth nonsense about fossil fuels paints a dangerous, damaging and distorted picture of Canada's energy use and production

Living in the post-truth world, energy styleVICTORIA, B.C. Jan. 6, 2017/ Troy Media/ – One of the unfortunate legacies of 2016 is the frequency of ‘post-truth’ communications. The term describes communications where objective facts are replaced by erroneous assertions aimed at creating emotion-based beliefs. Post-truth communications reached a peak during the American presidential campaign. But Canadians have also seen an escalation of…

Carbon pricing a triumph of ideology over reason

Pricing carbon is based on Canada joining a worldwide effort, but going it alone while partners refuse is a triumph of ideology over reason

Carbon pricing a triumph of ideology over reasonVICTORIA, B.C. Dec. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Canada's political and business leaders are pursuing an emissions-reduction agenda that will harm our nation's citizens and our economy. And it's an agenda that defies prevailing world trends. The COP 22 Marrakech Climate Change Conference began on Nov. 7 and included pro-emissions-reduction delegations from Canada and the United States. Imagine their…

NAFTA faces a rough road in wake of U.S. election

Canadian leaders need to be prepared to defend NAFTA and its economic value whoever wins the U.S. presidential election

NAFTA faces a rough road in wake of U.S. electionVICTORIA, B.C. Nov. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Whatever the outcome of the tumultuous U.S. presidential election, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will come under pressure. Republican candidate Donald Trump has asserted that NAFTA has caused the loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs to Mexico. And concessions to Bernie Sanders, the left-leaning runner-up in the…

Robertson, Coderre charter members of Misguided Mayors Club

Vancouver's Robertson and Montreal's Coderre are front and centre when it comes to policy pronouncements that are dangerously delusional

Robertson, Coderre charter members of Misguided Mayors ClubVICTORIA, B.C. Oct. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Mayor Gregor Robertson wants Vancouver to be “the world’s greenest city by 2020.” That's a laudable goal, provided the path is rooted in sound science and economics, rather than a religious belief in a carbon-free heaven. The first step, narrowing already-busy streets in favour of bike lanes, is infuriating…

Why Canada should avoid free trade with the great dragon

Expanding our trade relationship with China is unlikely to give us any significant economic, environmental or human rights leverage

Why Canada should avoid free trade with the great dragonVICTORIA, B.C. Sept. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to China prompted speculation that it was the first step towards a free-trade agreement. The basic principle of free trade is clear. Imagine two isolated neighbouring islands. One is green and fertile, capable of producing more food than it can consume. The other, while…

Bio-fuels one of man’s greatest blunders

The zero-emissions bio-fuel myth ignores the horrible environmental impacts of its production and the dramatic impact on world food stocks

Bio-fuels one of man’s greatest blundersVICTORIA, B.C. Aug. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Are bio-fuels really greener than the fossil fuels they displace? My last [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/2016/07/05/dirty-truth-electric-cars/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]column[/popup] pointed out that electric cars are only as green as the fuel used to generate the electricity they consume. For internal-combustion-powered vehicles, much of the focus has been on trying to…

The dirty little secret behind electric cars

Don't be fooled by the claims of the pro-electric car camp – our best bet for low-emissions vehicles is still natural gas

The dirty little secret behind electric carsDoes the car of the future really need to be electric to be environmentally responsible? On a recent trip to Hawaii, the car service sent a beautiful Tesla to pick us up at the airport. The driver told us how proud he was to be driving a “zero-emissions” vehicle. This prompted me to ask him…

If CO2 is to blame, how do you explain the Dirty Thirties?

Tying any single extreme weather event to atmospheric CO2 concentrations simply isn’t historically or scientifically credible

If CO2 is to blame, how do you explain the Dirty Thirties?VICTORIA, B.C. May 31, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The collapse of global commodity prices was sudden and severe. Workers coming off a decade of unprecedented prosperity suddenly found themselves jobless and unable to provide for their beleaguered families. For a time, they maintained hope that the downturn would be temporary, but as the first year stretched…

We have to stop throwing public money at corporate Canada

Almost inevitably, we don't get value from taxpayer-funded ventures

We have to stop throwing public money at corporate CanadaVICTORIA, B.C. May 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canadian governments regularly fund corporate ventures, but it is invariably money poorly spent. Bombardier Inc. received its first federal subsidy of $36.9 million back in 1966 from Prime Minister Lester Pearson’s governing Liberals. The Montreal-headquartered company has since received Industry Canada funding of more $1.1 billion, plus another…

Canada heads down the path to debilitating debt again

Deficit spending by the Trudeau government will simply slow our recovery and handicap future generations

Canada heads down the path to debilitating debt againVICTORIA, B.C. April 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ — The federal government’s planned $30-billion budget deficit, to be followed by three more deficits totalling $113 billion, brings to mind former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s observation that “It’s not often that nations learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it.”…