The polarizing nature of man’s relationship with carbon

We're making a hash of an important socio-economic and environmental debate that ought to be building the nation but isn't

The polarizing nature of man’s relationship with carbonA centuries-old Indian fable tells of six blind men who each get to put their hands on different parts of an elephant. One gets a tusk. The next the trunk. A third the tail. The fourth an ear. And so on. Each is challenged to describe the elephant's apparent properties based on their perceptions (and…

Notley counting on oil rebound to solve Alberta’s fiscal problems

The Alberta premier is crossing her fingers, hoping for an increase in oil prices to save the province's economy

Notley counting on oil rebound to solve Alberta’s fiscal problemsBy Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute It’s no secret Alberta’s public finances are deteriorating rapidly. The province is hemorrhaging $10 billion per year and poised to rack up debt at record speed. The provincial government urgently needs to repair the province’s battered finances. Unfortunately, despite paying lip-service to the idea that governments…

Canadians have a duty to truly understand energy issues

Manipulated by politicians and environmental activists, Canadians are often passive rather than pro-active participants in energy policy initiatives

Canadians have a duty to truly understand energy issuesThis nation needs a thoughtful dialogue on energy civics, because Canadians must become far more involved in the way energy policy is shaped and grounded in everyday life. Wikipedia says: “Civics is the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members…

A spiral of failure when the drill bit doesn’t turn

We need to rework a timeless proverb to bring the devastation in Canada's oil and gas sector into sharp focus

A spiral of failure when the drill bit doesn’t turnAn old proverb makes connections where they seemingly don’t exist to show that all actions have consequences, often unintended. It starts with the loss of a single nail that affixed an iron shoe to a horse’s hoof. The linking narrative builds from there. Most often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the proverb offers simple homespun logic, building…

Heating or eating a harsh reality for some Ontarians

The province’s “green dreams” have resulted in serious consequences for Ontarians and their families

Heating or eating a harsh reality for some OntariansBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute The Ontario Government has suspended its latest round of renewable energy plans – a move that will save consumers money. While this may be a step in the right direction, the government’s “green dreams” have already done a lot of damage in the province. A…

The energy industry’s tough decisions loom in the future

But what if the energy sector's chief story officer was a young Canadian – living in an energy future more complex than our energy present?

The energy industry’s tough decisions loom in the futureDavid Feick has an intriguing idea: why not make Canada's energy chief story officer (CSO) a young Canadian? After all, that generation will be required to make the really tough decisions about the energy industry's future. If Canadians think it's challenging now to wade through complex energy issues but that the future will somehow be less complicated, we're seriously…

Methane hydrates: economic bonanza or environmental catastrophe?

Trapped in oceans and permafrost, this hydrocarbon carries great potential – but its untimely release could also bring immeasurable harm

Methane hydrates: economic bonanza or environmental catastrophe?Buried deep along the continental shelves of many of the world’s oceans is an intriguing, recently-uncovered hydrocarbon source: methane hydrates. Although the full extent of these deposits is unknown, preliminary estimates suggest they could represent a 200-to-1,000-year global supply of natural gas. According to Dr. Paul Tinari, the co-founder of the Pacific Institute for Advanced…

It’s time to rally behind Canada’s oil and gas sector

When a sector that employs thousands and keeps our country prosperous suffers, you don’t shrug your shoulders and do nothing

Was Ontario’s auto sector in worse shape during the global financial meltdown of 2009 than Alberta’s energy patch was during the global oil glut of 2015? An internal federal government memo recently uncovered by the Canadian Press suggests it was. But which sector faced more pain (keeping in mind the price slump continues to cripple Canada’s…

It’s not about the environment, stupid

The movement at the heart of many environmental protests is based on misguided romanticism, not real environmentalism

It’s not about the environment, stupidWe have reached a point of absurdity in Canada, a moral degeneracy where we haven't the will to develop even well-conceived and environmentally sound energy projects. Consider the National Energy Board hearings on the Energy East pipeline. Not only were the recent public hearings in Montreal overwhelmed and eventually cancelled due to violent activism, but…

Don’t blame the oil crash or wildfires for Alberta’s deficit

Poor policy choices deserve much of the blame for Alberta’s economic problems

Don’t blame the oil crash or wildfires for Alberta’s deficitBy Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute Recent reports have blamed low oil prices and the wildfires in Fort McMurray for Alberta’s $10.9 billion deficit. But while the recent slump in oil prices hurt the province’s bottom line, and the wildfires were costly, Alberta would have been much better positioned to weather the…
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