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…

Forests: a community of sharing, nurturing and communicating

Opening perception's doors about trees is a necessary part of our awareness if we are to function mindfully and wisely on this amazing planet

Forests: a community of sharing, nurturing and communicatingThis is the last of a four-part series on the intelligence of trees. QUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Dec. 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Although the sophistication of tree intelligence may seem incredible to some, Dr. Suzanne Simard — who has documented it with rigorous scientific protocols — says it's established fact. Peter Wohlleben, a German forester and author, agrees. By…

The wood wide web: nature’s underground Internet

Ecologist Suzanne Simard says plant communities are driven by competition and co-operation, making forests ‘more socialist than we thought’

The wood wide web: nature’s underground InternetThis is part three of a four-part series on the intelligence of trees. QUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Dec. 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Forest ecologist Suzanne Simard says when you walk in a forest, you see trees but “underground there is ... a world of infinite biological pathways that connect trees and allow them to communicate, and allow…

We’re small, but our carbon emissions matter to the world

Despite common perception, Canada’s carbon emissions are anything but insignificant

We’re small, but our carbon emissions matter to the worldCALGARY, Alta. Dec. 11, 2016 /Troy Media/ - With a national price on greenhouse gas emissions more or less in place, there is little doubt detractors will now ask, why so much effort to reduce Canada’s modest 1.6 per cent of global emissions? The argument sounds reasonable enough on the face of it. Even if…