As misleading environmental reports go, this one’s a GEM

Partisan environmental reports like the recent one from GEM abound with misinformation regarding natural gas - and the media has failed to fact check

As misleading environmental reports go, this one’s a GEMIt’s summer in Canada and the last thing on many people’s minds is foreign-funded activist groups working against a Canadian industry. Sadly, this tactic continues to gain traction in the media. For a long time, these special-interest groups have targeted Canada’s natural resources by slapping our oil and natural gas industry with ‘dirty’ labels. They…

LNG Canada a win for consumers, workers, business, environment

Canada has been late to fully capitalize on the potential, based on high export prices and the desperate demand for clean fuel

LNG Canada a win for consumers, workers, business, environmentCanada’s planned liquefied natural gas export project is a huge boost for the economy and the environment. The consortium of large multinational firms (Shell, PetroChina, Petronas of Malaysia, Korea Gas, Mitsubishi) that owns part of the LNG Canada project to be built on the northwest coast of British Columbia recently announced that contracts have been…

Trans Mountain opponents out of touch with reality

B.C. still exports coal because to do otherwise would be to kill jobs in the province. The contrast with its pipeline stance is startling

Trans Mountain opponents out of touch with realityMany opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion justify their opposition by citing concerns about climate change and carbon emissions, but this raises some important questions. What about coal? Vancouver is North America's largest exporter of coal, one-third of it thermal coal for generating electricity. Vancouver exports U.S. coal because Oregon and Washington have stopped…

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?

Saskatchewan's $1.5-billion CCS demonstration facility at Boundary Dam in the southern part of the province is the first commercial-scale CCS project in the world

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?If Santa brought you a lump of coal this Christmas, maybe you shouldn’t feel so bad about it. That coal might actually come in handy as an acceptable part of our energy future. Technology exists that can transform coal from environmental villain into a fuel that at least won’t make things worse than they already…

A smart road map to lower carbon emissions? Look to Texas

Texas switched from coal to natural gas and dramatically cut carbon emissions. Why doesn't Canada follow its example?

A smart road map to lower carbon emissions? Look to TexasOne marvellous aspect of promoting a country or region’s comparative economic advantage – location, natural resources, the education rates of a population – is that if it’s allowed to blossom, that advantage pays dividends in multiple ways. Consider how Hong Kong’s natural geographic advantage was combined with the then-colonial British governing institutions – specifically, a commitment…

“Green energy” fairy tale turning into a nightmare for Canada

Trudeau and his paladins remain convinced that their green energy dream will come true, if only they believe hard enough

“Green energy” fairy tale turning into a nightmare for CanadaOnce upon a time in a northern dominion called Canada, a thriving oil industry provided fuel for vehicles, trains and airplanes. There was also a large natural gas industry that kept the people warm during the long, cold winters and supplied the raw material for plants that manufactured plastics, detergents, fertilizer, synthetic clothing and a…

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobs

The province’s manufacturing sector may find itself even less competitive soon due to developments in the United States

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobsHow do you kill 75,000 jobs and turn your valuable location into a disadvantage? If you’re the Ontario government, you: start a transition to renewable energy driven by politicians without any cost-benefit analyses; when people with expertise in the energy and power sectors give advice on technical issues – for example, how much duplicate power…

It’s official – Ontario’s coal phase-out was all for nothing

Phasing out coal had almost no effect on Ontario’s air pollution levels – and the government knew this was likely to be the case

It’s official – Ontario’s coal phase-out was all for nothingGUELPH, Ont. Jan. 24, 2017/ Troy Media/ - The federal Liberal government plans to impose a national coal phase-out is based on the same faulty arguments used in Ontario, namely that such a move will yield significant environmental benefits and reduce health-care costs. Those arguments never made sense, and now with the Ontario phase-out complete,…

A good week for people – and the planet

A Canada-wide phase-out of coal power would prevent more than 1,000 premature deaths, 900 hospitalizations and $5 billion in health costs

A good week for people – and the planetTORONTO, Ont. Nov. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It was a good week for people and the planet. First, the federal government announced it will take steps to phase-out pollution from coal-fired power plants across the country by 2030. Then the government of Alberta announced it has signed an agreement with three major power generators to ensure a…

Which energy source is the best option?

The pros and cons of various energy sources that power our electric grids

Which energy source is the best option?SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Oct. 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Electricity is a crucial part of everyday life in the U.S. It powers our homes, businesses, hospitals, government buildings and even plays a vital role in the transportation system. Since the first electric grid fired up in 1882, our options for generating energy have expanded dramatically.…