Reducing emissions would save money for oil sands producers: study

Researchers looked at 15 strategies that would decrease sector’s energy use intensity and found increased profits from all

Reducing emissions would save money for oil sands producers: studyInvestment in new energy-efficient, greenhouse gas mitigation strategies by oil sands producers could net them some important profits, according to a model developed by a research group at the University of Alberta. Engineering professor Amit Kumar and his team investigated 15 strategies covering all areas of the oil sands sector – in situ extraction, upgrading and…

Why we must get Canadian energy to global markets

Canadian LNG offers a solution to help bring people out of energy poverty while reducing net global GHGs

Why we must get Canadian energy to global marketsCanada is known around the world as a country of inclusiveness, tolerance and respect for human rights. Our energy industry also holds world class standards – among the best anywhere when it comes to innovation, environmental protection and responsible resource development. According to Statistics Canada, nearly half of all money spent by Canadian businesses on…

We need to find responsible government in a time of climate crisis

We need real leadership now to calm climate change. Will that come from government, citizens, non-government groups, business or a combination of all four?

We need to find responsible government in a time of climate crisisMonthly heat records are becoming routine (July was the hottest month on record), and people are finally waking up to the reality that climate change is occurring at a much faster pace than most thought. Yes, denial continues in some quarters, but they’re increasingly seen as crudely self- serving, science-illiterate and therefore indefensible. Recent polling…

Greenhouse gas emissions on the decline in Canada’s electricity sector

Electricity sector is playing in reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions on the decline in Canada’s electricity sectorGreenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Canada’s electricity sector have declined by 34 per cent since 2005 and further reductions are expected, says the Conference Board of Canada in a new report released on Tuesday. “Canada-wide, the electricity sector is undergoing fundamental transformation. In each province, electricity generators are playing a leadership role in the move…

Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscience

When we consider the source of electricity, the invasive nature of copper mining for batteries and components, and other factors, the jury is out

Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscienceIn the push to normalize electric vehicles, many forget it’s not the end of the road as far as environmental impact is concerned. Presumably, those using electric vehicles or hybrids are motivated by a desire to improve the environment, especially by reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Many owners of these vehicles derive satisfaction and…

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…

Reality bites carbon pricing scheme in Canada and beyond

If three key assumptions are not met, carbon pricing will always yield lower benefits than advocates suggest

Reality bites carbon pricing scheme in Canada and beyondBy Jason Clemens and Kenneth Green The Fraser Institute There’s a general, indeed a strong consensus, within the economic community that a properly designed carbon tax can both reduce emissions and improve the economy. We broadly agree with this academic analysis. The problem is that carbon taxes in the real world have to be implemented…

Canada’s new GHG emissions requirements will inflict widespread pain

As always, the Trudeau government announces lofty goals short on devilish details

Canada’s new GHG emissions requirements will inflict widespread painOn Jan. 27, the federal government injected yet another syringe full of uncertainty into the country’s oil and gas sector, announcing a nebulous plan to overhaul Canada’s environmental assessment process to incorporate concerns over greenhouse gas emissions. As always, the initial announcements are long on lofty goals, and short on the devilish details. But some…

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions story better than advertised

There has been a 31% decrease in the amount of emissions per unit of economic production since 1990

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions story better than advertisedA new report from the government of Canada, on Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2013, is making news. And as usual, the bad news leads. The media focus is on the probability that Canada will miss its Copenhagen emission-reduction targets from 2009. (Canada agreed to cut emissions by 17 per cent from a…