Are we seeing a partial recovery in the energy market?

Supported by all these bullish factors, Brent crude spot prices rose. Yet oil markets also face bearish pressures

Are we seeing a partial recovery in the energy market?Faced with gloom and some good news at the same time, crude oil markets continue to be in a quandary. Retrenchment and lack of capital investment could eventually lead to crude shortages, argued David Messler in a piece in Oilprice.com in June. The shortage could result in firming up of oil prices. Messler also points…

The economic case for tearing down dams

Spending lots of money on hydroelectric projects in the hopes we’ll need the power in the future is a mug’s game, even for big projects

The economic case for tearing down damsLocal journalists are always looking for ways to blow a hometown story into something that might interest the networks, big city dailies or syndication services. For me, it was trying to feed stories to the Canadian Press wire service in Halifax while working in local radio and TV in Fredericton and Saint John. They paid…

Trump’s oil industry optimism is misplaced

The pain is only just beginning to ripple through the U.S. industry in the form of bankruptcies and layoffs

Trump’s oil industry optimism is misplacedIn love and war, everything is fair. And U.S. President Donald Trump knows that well. After all, to him, the re-election bid is nothing but war. While campaigning in Midland, a region deep in the heart of the west Texas oil patch, Trump underlined: “And now we're back,” proclaiming euphorically, “and now we're just going…

Oil industry facing (c)rude awakening

The game is up: Oil and gas companies can no longer mask their financial frailty

Oil industry facing (c)rude awakeningThe decline in oil demand accelerated by Covid-19 may be a sign of the future. Forty publicly-traded U.S. oil producers wrote down a collective $48 billion worth of the value of their assets in the first quarter of 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Quoting Deloitte, Oilprice.com points out that the collapse in crude…

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…

When the energy sector works, Canada works

When the energy sector works, Canada worksAs the fight against this unprecedented global pandemic continues, a renewed focus on delivering a realistic plan that will support Canada’s economic recovery has never been more important. Canada has worked hard to contain the spread of COVID-19. This is a credit to the leadership our public health officers across Canada have provided, and to…

Middle East oil exporters facing tough economic times

Despite the recent unprecedented output cuts by oil-producing countries, crude continues to trade around $40 a barrel

Middle East oil exporters facing tough economic timesGlobal economies are in distress. In the United States, the world’s largest economy, jobless claims rose last week for the first time since March. With measures to contain the COVID-19 virus keeping drivers off the road, recent data shows gasoline demand edging even lower. In South Korea, a large crude oil consumer, the economy is…

Crude oil marketplace bubble can’t last

Iran, Venezuela and Libya have virtually been forced out of production. But that hasn’t made the lives of other producers easier

Crude oil marketplace bubble can’t lastAn uneven playing field exists in the crude oil marketplace. Two major producers, Iran and Venezuela, face sanctions on their oil sales from the United States. Meanwhile, Libya is in the midst of civil strife. These circumstances mean a considerable volume of oil isn’t available to the markets. Yet the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries…

Paris emissions targets carry extra costs for Canada’s economy

The gap between expectations and existing policy is wide. Closing that gap will cost thousands of jobs and devastate whole economic sectors

Paris emissions targets carry extra costs for Canada’s economyBy Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre Aspirations are important in life but it’s always helpful to be clear on the means to the desired end, especially if others are involved. A case in point: General commitments by governments in Canada to significantly reduce carbon emissions by 2030, i.e., the Paris commitment. In…