Agricultural biotechnology crucial for feeding world population

Crop production science and innovation led to new technologies that averted a predicted global starvation catastrophe

Agricultural biotechnology crucial for feeding world populationSARNIA, Ont. Jan. 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It took until 1800 for the world population to reach one billion people. The second billion was reached in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in less than 30 years (1959), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974) and the fifth billion in only 13 years (1987).…

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,…

Anti-petroleum forces lack perspective on the big picture

Much like Prohibition, we are again experiencing self-righteous sanctimony frightening in its ability to bend politicians to their will

Anti-petroleum forces lack perspective on the big pictureCALGARY, Alta. Jan. 22, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Very few of us remember Prohibition. But the lessons of those anti-alcohol times are worth revisiting, given similar social pressure now being applied over energy use. During and after the First World War, the United States and Canada were gripped by temperance fervour. The widespread ban of alcohol sale and…

Carbon tax exacerbates harm from other tax hikes in Alberta

The gradual increase in Alberta’s carbon tax in coming years will exacerbate the economic damage being done to the province

Carbon tax exacerbates harm from other tax hikes in AlbertaBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Jan. 18, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Over the past two years, Albertans have been hit with a wide range of tax hikes and fee increases including substantial increases to personal and corporate income taxes. On January 1 of this year, Albertans faced yet another…

Petroleum products pervade every corner of our lives

If Canadians threw away everything connected to petroleum, they wouldn't have much left in their homes

Petroleum products pervade every corner of our livesCanada at a Carbon Crossroads is a multi-part series exploring the dynamics of our emerging carbon economy. CALGARY, Alta. Jan. 17, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Canadians have been told for years that their combs, toothbrushes and hairbrushes are petroleum products. The cold cream used to remove makeup (and the makeup) typically come from petroleum.  We use petroleum products to…

How Alberta can make the most of a changing world

We can use Alberta's carbon levy to rebuild our carbon-based economy, tasking an idle workforce to create investment-worthy technology

How Alberta can make the most of a changing worldCanada at a Carbon Crossroads is a multi-part series exploring the dynamics of our emerging carbon economy. CALGARY, Alta. Jan. 15, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Capital intensely dislikes political risk. It will do almost anything to avoid it. As we march into the new economic era that dawned in Alberta on Jan. 1 – the…

Why genetically-enhanced crops contribute to a better world

Technological advancements on the farm mean lower supermarket prices, better environmental sustainability and less land use

Why genetically-enhanced crops contribute to a better worldROLAND, Man. Jan. 12, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Genetically-enhanced crops help farmers, consumers and the environment. I've been a farmer for more than 40 years and have grown genetically enhanced (GE) crops since 1996. We grow corn, soybeans and canola, all of which are GE, and other crops that are not. I've seen many benefits as a result of this…

What the world really thinks about Canada’s energy industry

We get high marks for industry transparency, balanced development, environmental sustainability and consultation

What the world really thinks about Canada’s energy industryCALGARY, Alta. Jan. 10, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Canadians pondering our energy future might do well to take into account how others see us. It would give them comfort to know the sector is actually in pretty good hands – at least in the opinion of folks able to view things from a neutral perspective. For a…

How to shrink your environmental footprint

Over time, even the small steps add up and can truly help reduce your environmental footprint

How to shrink your environmental footprintSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Jan. 7, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Before you can shrink your environmental footprint, you first have to understand just what environmental footprint means. It is a calculation that shows the amount of natural resources that are being used up by the inhabitants of the planet. Each of us produces our own environmental…

Pipeline approvals a victory for the safe transport of oil

Studies show that pipelines are the safest mode of oil transportation in terms of risk to humans and the environment

Pipeline approvals a victory for the safe transport of oilBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute CALGARY, Alta. Dec. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Expanding pipeline capacity is critical to helping unlock the full value of Canada’s resources – and protecting Canadians and the environment. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government recently approved both the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to B.C.’s coast and Enbridge’s Line…