The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017

A look back at 2017 shows far too many instances in Canada where we got it all wrong

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017For my first column of the New Year, I’ve dipped into my collection of irrational, damaging or downright dumb happenings in 2017. The year saw major breakthroughs in the use of genetically-modified human cells to treat diseases, including retinal dystrophy and blood cancer. Human genetic re-engineering is an emerging science but there has been little…

Investor confidence in Alberta’s oil and gas industry needs a boost

Continued pipeline construction obstruction and regulatory uncertainty are leaving investors skittish about Alberta’s oil and gas industry

Investor confidence in Alberta’s oil and gas industry needs a boostBy Kenneth P. Green and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute Continued pipeline construction obstruction and regulatory uncertainty mean investors see a gloomy outlook for Alberta’s oil and gas industry compared to some U.S states. The province also continues to languish near the bottom of Canadian jurisdictions in investment attractiveness in the oil and gas sector.…

A smart road map to lower carbon emissions? Look to Texas

Texas switched from coal to natural gas and dramatically cut carbon emissions. Why doesn't Canada follow its example?

A smart road map to lower carbon emissions? Look to TexasOne marvellous aspect of promoting a country or region’s comparative economic advantage – location, natural resources, the education rates of a population – is that if it’s allowed to blossom, that advantage pays dividends in multiple ways. Consider how Hong Kong’s natural geographic advantage was combined with the then-colonial British governing institutions – specifically, a commitment…

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobs

The province’s manufacturing sector may find itself even less competitive soon due to developments in the United States

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobsHow do you kill 75,000 jobs and turn your valuable location into a disadvantage? If you’re the Ontario government, you: start a transition to renewable energy driven by politicians without any cost-benefit analyses; when people with expertise in the energy and power sectors give advice on technical issues – for example, how much duplicate power…

Fossil fuels remain key to energy future, according to report

The U.S. is eager to grab new business, which underscores the urgent need for Canada to secure access to offshore markets for our oil and gas

Fossil fuels remain key to energy future, according to reportBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of British Columbia The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2017, released in early November, provides a useful update on the shift to a lower carbon global energy system. The stepped-up deployment of clean energy technologies and moves toward electrification continue in many nations. At the same…

Natural gas is coal’s only real alternative

Natural gas offers an enormous opportunity for a cleaner atmosphere

Natural gas is coal’s only real alternativeOn the final day of the June 2015 G7 summit in Germany, host Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the leaders had agreed on the need to “decarbonize the global economy in the course of this century.” Environmental activists were exultant. A week later, Pope Francis issued an Encyclical calling for the world to come together to…
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