Investor confidence waning in Alberta

Alberta has fallen from the 16th most attractive jurisdiction in the world in 2014 to 38th of 126 jurisdictions in 2015

Investor confidence waning in AlbertaBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute For the past decade, investment in Alberta’s vast oil and gas resources has allowed the province to become Canada’s economic leader. Even when compared to other energy producing provinces and American states, Alberta was a top performer on economic indicators such as real GDP growth…

Ban on oil tanker traffic not based on evidence

Issuing a moratorium on oil tanker traffic off B.C.’s north coast ignores the evidence on the safety of transporting oil by sea

Ban on oil tanker traffic not based on evidenceBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute During the recent election campaign, the new federal government committed to pursuing evidence-based public policy. In the mandate letters delivered to each minister at the end of last week, there’s a sentence that states: “our work will be informed by performance measurement, evidence, and feedback…

Fracking bans not evidence based

Calls for bans and moratoria are unjustified given the results of research into the risks

Fracking bans not evidence basedBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute There’s never a dull moment in the debate over the safety of hydraulic fracturing – a process where water, sand, and a small amount of chemicals under high pressure are used to crack open rock formations, allowing oil and gas to be extracted. Hydraulic fracturing…

Home building hampered by regulatory hurdles

Smoothing out kinks in the home-building process can pay dividends to anyone looking for a new home

Home building hampered by regulatory hurdlesBy Kenneth Green Ian Herzog and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute In Calgary, home prices have more than doubled over the past decade. Despite the recent economic slowdown, more people are moving to Alberta than leaving it. Economic conditions in Alberta wax and wane over time, but the demand for living here persists. Satisfying this…

Notley cheers oil sands as climate panel plans future without it

Alberta’s energy sector better start checking the rents in Saskatchewan and British Columbia

Notley cheers oil sands as climate panel plans future without itThe government of Alberta has released its Climate Leadership Discussion Document, which is supposed to inform citizens about climate change and prepare them for a public opinion survey on the subject. Every Albertan should read the Discussion Document closely. The Document makes it abundantly clear that despite all the nice words that the Notley government…

Pipelines are the safest way to ship oil

Rail is more than 4.5 times more likely to experience a spill

Pipelines are the safest way to ship oilBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Tragic accidents, such as the recent rupture of a Nexen oilsands pipeline southeast of Fort McMurray, should not detract from the fact that pipelines are the safest way to transport oil and gas. Such accidents are unfortunate and regrettable. This recent accident has stoked concerns,…

Premiers must make up their minds on energy

And stop speaking out of both sides of their mouths

Premiers must make up their minds on energyBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute Canada’s premiers concluded their most recent meetings last week with the release of Canada’s Energy Strategy, a document that “charts a path for shaping the sustainable development of Canada’s energy future.” The plan includes such undefined recommendations as to “promote energy efficiency and conservations,” “transition…

Pope’s encyclical on the environment wrong in so many ways

Those countries with relatively free markets have made the greatest gains in environmental quality over the past half century

Pope’s encyclical on the environment wrong in so many waysAs pretty much everyone in the world knows by now, Pope Francis published an encyclical recently On Care for Our Common Home, which discusses all things environmental – climate change, of course, but also air pollution, water pollution, sustainable development, the precautionary principle . . . the list goes on through 184-pages. Unfortunately, while the…

Canada’s pipeline debate needs reality check

A focus on worst-case scenarios loses sight of what’s vastly more likely to happen

Canada’s pipeline debate needs reality checkBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The Santa Barbara oil spill has irritated already-sensitive public concern about oil pipelines. And as the pipeline’s review before the National Energy Board continues, several new reports commissioned…

Electric cars still not ready for prime time

Electric cars are nothing but taxpayer subsidized toys for the 1 percenters

Electric cars still not ready for prime timeTwenty years ago, in May, 1995, I had my first op-ed published in a major newspaper, the Los Angeles Times. The title was Pull the Plug on the Electric Car Mandate. In that column I pointed out that battery-powered (non-hybrid) electric vehicles (EVs) were not ready for wide-scale adoption for a variety of reasons, including…