Bringing the facts back to the Keystone XL debate

At a time when the U.S. and Canada need it most, Keystone XL will generate more than 50,000 jobs

Bringing the facts back to the Keystone XL debateIn the midst of the COVID-19-caused economic decline and huge job losses, it’s unfortunate that some, including Joe Biden, continue to smear Canada’s oil and gas industry. Biden, the presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, says if elected, he’ll shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project. The project is under construction, providing jobs to thousands of…

The high cost of pipeline obstructionism in Canada

Our lack of capacity to cheaply transport crude is costing us billions. Policy-makers need to recognize the urgent need for pipelines

By Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute In recent months, Canadian crude oil prices have dropped relative to other international benchmark prices, costing the economy billions in foregone revenues. The recent increase in the Western Canada Select (WCS) price discount compared to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is largely due to…

Keystone XL approval errs on side of safety

One spill is too many but pipelines are much safer than rail for transporting oil

Keystone XL approval errs on side of safetyBy Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute State regulators in Nebraska recently approved the Keystone XL pipeline, ending nine years of regulatory and political limbo across multiple jurisdictions. TransCanada Corp. can now build its pipeline. That’s welcome news for all Canadians, especially those concerned about oil transportation safety. More Canadian…

Economic silver linings for Canada in the Trump cloud

Buck up Canadians. Trump’s pledge to lift the U.S.’s anemic economic growth rate can only be good news for Canada

Economic silver linings for Canada in the Trump cloudDonald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election, coupled with continued Republican control of both branches of the U.S. Congress, heralds significant changes in the United States' policy in trade, immigration, foreign affairs, energy and taxation. Many Canadians are understandably uneasy about the direction the U.S. may take under new leadership. At a minimum, Trump’s political…

Trump needs to recognize a ‘better’ deal when he sees one

Keystone XL is already a good deal for the U.S.

Trump needs to recognize a ‘better’ deal when he sees oneBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute From a Canadian perspective, Donald Trump’s recent energy policy speech was both interesting and troubling. On one hand, Trump’s commitment to approve the Keystone XL pipeline – a key piece of continental energy infrastructure that became an unfortunate victim of political posturing – is a…

TransCanada lawsuit spotlights weak climate change connection to Keystone

Rejection of the pipeline was never about climate change

TransCanada lawsuit spotlights weak climate change connection to KeystoneBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute The Keystone XL saga has taken a new twist. On Jan. 6, TransCanada (the company that would have built and operated the Alberta to Texas pipeline) launched two lawsuits over U.S. President Barack Obama’s November rejection of the pipeline. One of the lawsuits will challenge…

Canada’s pipeline debate needs reality check

A focus on worst-case scenarios loses sight of what’s vastly more likely to happen

Canada’s pipeline debate needs reality checkBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The Santa Barbara oil spill has irritated already-sensitive public concern about oil pipelines. And as the pipeline’s review before the National Energy Board continues, several new reports commissioned…

Oil-train derailments expose folly of anti-pipeline movement

Opposition to pipelines flies in the face of safety data

Oil-train derailments expose folly of anti-pipeline movementFour recent oil-train derailments – two in the United States and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama – have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil. The most recent spills and explosions in Illinois, West Virginia and Ontario…

Keystone veto all about retaining presidential authority

The only meaningful decision pits one U.S. agency – the EPA – against another – the State Department

Keystone veto all about retaining presidential authorityU.S. President Barack Obama veto of Senate Bill 1, a.k.a. “The Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act,” this week was not only predictable, it was virtually inevitable given a) the political polarization in the United States; b) unrelenting environmental opposition to the pipeline; and c) a certain amount of congressional overreach. But the presidential veto, and…