Another blow to pipeline projects in Canada

The NEB plans to judge a project on the greenhouse gas emissions of the people who produce the oil, as well as those who eventually consume it

Another blow to pipeline projects in CanadaIt seems that hardly a week goes by without some new announced barrier to the construction of pipelines to allow Canadian oil to flow to markets other than the glutted United States. The National Energy Board (NEB) recently issued a news release announcing the topics to be considered in its assessments of the Energy East and…

Ontarians pay a high price for power system mess

Years of government mismanagement of the power sector must be corrected or families will continue to suffer

Ontarians pay a high price for power system messAfter years of governments mismanaging energy markets in Ontario, new research shows that Ontarians now pay some of the highest electricity bills in Canada. The average residential monthly bill for Torontonians last year was $201 (including tax). In Ottawa, it was $183. Compare that with Montreal ($83) or Calgary ($109) and it’s not hard to…

A measured, rational response to climate change is possible

We can manage the risks using conventional policies, engineering, and research and development – and without hysteria

A measured, rational response to climate change is possibleJust in time for summer, when every heat wave and forest fire will be sold as evidence of a “climate crisis” and “extreme weather event,” we have a new panic-mongering article on climate change in New York Magazine that has climate activists energized. The article The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells could better be titled “crack…

Trudeau’s carbon-pricing fixation out of step with Canadians

There’s growing evidence Canadians don’t like carbon taxes and are realizing they’re not the efficient and economically benign eco-tax sold by politicians

Trudeau’s carbon-pricing fixation out of step with CanadiansCanadians are right to be skeptical about the federal government's carbon-pricing plan. At the G20 summit in Hamburg in early July, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a leading role in promoting a climate change agreement that would reaffirm the Paris targets. Nineteen members of the G20 signed on, with the United States declining. Several Canadian…

B.C. government’s pipeline paranoia putting safety at risk

Real world data shows that oil can be moved safely and less expensively by pipeline, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions

B.C. government’s pipeline paranoia putting safety at riskPipeline opponents are lining up again in British Columbia, but their case is off-point and exaggerates pipeline risks. The last several weeks have seen new, if somewhat contradictory, developments on the Trans Mountain pipeline file. Kinder Morgan received approval last year to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.…

B.C. Greens should support Site C dam, for all British Columbians

Aboriginal rights are extremely important but, like any Charter right, they’re not absolute. They must be balanced against other competing critical interests

B.C. Greens should support Site C dam, for all British ColumbiansBy Kenneth Green and Joseph Quesnel The Fraser Institute Given the desire for green energy, you would think a Green Party leader would support more hydro power for Vancouver. Or for export to the United States and Alberta, which would allow Alberta to reduce emissions. That would mean the Site C Dam, a hydroelectric project under development…

Why Trudeau and Notley are right to support pipeline expansion

We need the Trans Mountain project in order to protect the environment, keep costs in control, ensure the safety of workers and bolster the nation's economy

Why Trudeau and Notley are right to support pipeline expansionThe outcome of last month’s B.C. election raises serious questions about future energy policy in British Columbia. The election produced no clear winner, although the New Democrats and the Green Party have agreed to unite with an eye on forming the next government. That’s where the questions come in. During the campaign, the two parties…

Ring of Fire: burning down a rare economic opportunity

First Nations can’t veto development in northern Ontario. They must engage in good faith, just like business and governments, and not squander this opportunity

Ring of Fire: burning down a rare economic opportunityBy Joseph Quesnel and Kenneth Green The Fraser Institute It’s often said that successful First Nations must operate at the speed of business, not the speed of government. That certainly applies to First Nations affected by the Ring of Fire mining proposal. Long delays and lack of communication between governments and the nine First Nation communities…

Lower Mainland municipalities create roadblocks to new housing

Homebuilders were asked how long they wait for permit approvals, how much it costs, how often rezoning is required and the scope of local opposition

Lower Mainland municipalities create roadblocks to new housingBy Kenneth P. Green and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute There’s no silver bullet for Vancouver’s perennial housing woes. But trimming the red tape would help. Housing markets are incredibly complex, reflecting the ongoing interaction between demand and supply. So far, the provincial government, and Vancouver city hall, have targeted pockets of this interaction, including foreign…

Trump creates serious headwind to Canada’s competitiveness

By stripping off the shackles of a variety of environmental regulations, Trump has freed up his country's economy – and put Canada at a serious disadvantage

Trump creates serious headwind to Canada’s competitivenessTo the predictable howls of environmentalists, U.S. President Donald Trump has turned his pen on Barack Obama’s climate change policies – to the detriment of Canadians. Signing the Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth executive order (EO) while surrounded by coal miners, Trump commenced the unravelling of a significant part of his predecessor’s climate legacy. At the…