Canada missing out on shale revolution

Shale-gas policy changes, followed by investments across the country, would turn Canada into an international leader in the transition towards clean energy

Canada missing out on shale revolution“It takes real skill to derail an industry where Canada has so many competitive advantages,” writes Rick Rule regarding energy markets. The chief executive of Sprott US Holdings, a natural-resource brokerage, says the barrier is politics, while Canadian firms, technology and geology are top tier. Fortunately, policy can change and Canada can lead clean-energy production.…

Clean/green movement won’t transform the economy quickly

There are formidable technical and economic obstacles to replacing fossil fuels with other forms of energy

Clean/green movement won’t transform the economy quicklyWith the federal election fast approaching, we can expect to hear a lot about climate change, energy policy and how government can spur the development of a ‘low-carbon’ economy. These themes are central to the platforms of a number of the political parties contesting the election. The discussion of these topics takes place against the…

Australian coalition government offers bland status quo

The victory reprieves rather than reverses the march of big spending government with accumulating environmental regulations

Australian coalition government offers bland status quoThe conservative Liberal-National Coalition went to the Australian election on May 18 as a minority government. All opinion polls saw the Labor Party gaining a majority in the 151-seat lower house. But the coalition was returned with a firm majority under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was recently installed after bitter leadership battles. The Labor…

Green enviro-dreams based on fantasy, not science

Energy analyst Mark Mills says we're decades away from renewables providing 100% of the power that drives our economy

Green enviro-dreams based on fantasy, not scienceEnvironmental groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation, remain enamoured of renewable energy, telling followers that the “global push for cleaner, healthier energy is on. With costs dropping dramatically, renewable energy is becoming the best choice for the environment and the economy.” The Green Party of Canada is on board, touting the idea that Alberta “should be ready”…

Energy efficiency jobs growing in Canada

ECO Canada report says labour market shortages remain a problem

Energy efficiency jobs growing in CanadaCanada’s energy efficiency goods and services sector is poised to create 36,000 jobs this year, growing by 8.3 per cent, according to a report released on Monday by ECO Canada. The report said the sector directly employed about 436,000 permanent workers in 2018 across approximately 51,000 businesses across six industries. The report cited construction, manufacturing,…

Why the Green New Deal would be devastating

Saturday Night Live could not have crafted a better parody of energy, economic and scientific reality

Why the Green New Deal would be devastatingTwenty-nine-year-old ex-bartender and freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received thunderous environmentalist and media acclaim when she introduced her Green New Deal resolution in the House and Ed Markey submitted it in the Senate. It was quickly endorsed or cosponsored by scores of other house and senate Democrats, including many who want to run against President…

Petro-Canada launching electric vehicle charging stations

Construction on more than 50 stations in coast-to-coast fast-charging network to begin this spring

Petro-Canada launching electric vehicle charging stationsA network of electric vehicle fast-charging stations is being launched across the country by Petro-Canada, which is part of Calgary-based energy giant Suncor. The company announced on Wednesday that more than 50 of these stations will be located along the Trans-Canada Highway at Petro-Canada stations from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. It said construction is…

Changing behaviour is only one aim of carbon taxes

A carbon tax used to subsidize alternate energy sources will accelerate the transition away from fossil fuel dependence

Changing behaviour is only one aim of carbon taxesPricing carbon is about much more than getting people to drive less. It’s also about generating the money we need to accelerate the process of getting our economy off fossil fuels and onto renewables. If a nationwide price on carbon is going to be successful, getting this part right is crucial. Our whole economic system…