Finally, some fuel economy common sense

Climate chaos is a product of computer models, a phoney scientific ‘consensus’ and hysterical headlines – not real world evidence

Finally, some fuel economy common senseCorporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) standards were devised in 1975, amid anxiety over the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil embargo and supposedly imminent depletion of the world’s oil supplies. But barely 15 years after Edwin Drake drilled the first successful oil well in 1859, a Pennsylvania geologist was saying the United States would…

Trans Mountain pipeline hurdles never end

The long, convoluted path to rejection demonstrates an approval process that is fundamentally flawed on so many levels

Trans Mountain pipeline hurdles never end“The current state of affairs in Canada is such that building a pipeline to tidewater is practically impossible,” says Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Truer words were rarely spoken. These ones were spoken at an Aug. 30 press conference as the courts set back the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The hurdles, it seems, never end. The…

LNG Canada a win for consumers, workers, business, environment

Canada has been late to fully capitalize on the potential, based on high export prices and the desperate demand for clean fuel

LNG Canada a win for consumers, workers, business, environmentCanada’s planned liquefied natural gas export project is a huge boost for the economy and the environment. The consortium of large multinational firms (Shell, PetroChina, Petronas of Malaysia, Korea Gas, Mitsubishi) that owns part of the LNG Canada project to be built on the northwest coast of British Columbia recently announced that contracts have been…

Is Canada’s economic future a game of political ping-pong?

A conversation on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion fiasco and where the nation can go from here

Is Canada’s economic future a game of political ping-pong?By Doug Firby and John Stewart Troy Media Editor's note: Thursday’s Federal Court of Appeal ruling overturning the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a victory for opponents but a devastating blow to Alberta’s plans to boost oil-and-gas exports from the province. Doug Firby, Troy Media’s publisher, and John Stewart, editor-in-chief, discuss the…

IKEA installing solar panels on stores in Calgary and Edmonton

In Calgary alone, the reduction of emissions equates to taking about 200 vehicles off the road for a year

IKEA installing solar panels on stores in Calgary and EdmontonIKEA Canada is installing solar panels on its stores in Calgary and Edmonton as part of the retailer’s commitment to renewable energy. Brendan Seale, head of sustainability for IKEA Canada, said the investments support the company’s objectives to manage energy costs effectively, reduce emissions, and achieve energy independence by 2020. Once operational, the solar installations…

Alberta groups awarded $8 million in energy efficiency grants

Multi-year grants intended to create jobs throughout the province

Alberta groups awarded $8 million in energy efficiency grantsTwelve organizations in Alberta are receiving $8 million in multi-year grants to promote energy efficiency throughout the province and create more jobs. On Tuesday, Energy Efficiency Alberta announced the grants ranging from $29,000 for a one-year project to $2.6 million over three years. The announcement includes a complete list of the 12 recipients. “By working…

Connecting the dots in the summer of smoke

Right across Canada, dramatic signs of climate change are casting a pall on the landscape

Connecting the dots in the summer of smokeThe last five summers at Skelhp, on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, have been progressively drier. We’ve had one significant wildfire nearby, in Sechelt Inlet, which wafted ash in a big brown plume over our regional air shed. The smoke from this fire three years ago caused us to close all the windows in the July heat…

We can prosper and still protect the environment

Increasing prosperity allows people once too poor to avoid environmental dead-ends to instead care for the environment

We can prosper and still protect the environmentYou may know this frightening if self-evident bit of advice: “Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last stream poisoned will we realize we cannot eat money.” The quote is ostensibly from Canada's First Nations peoples (the Cree are often cited) but popularized by Greenpeace. The point…

Too many oil and gas opportunities left on the table

Tim McMillan of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers talks about the need to attract investment, spur innovation and grow jobs

Too many oil and gas opportunities left on the tableTim McMillan is president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Calgary’s Business: How would you describe the state of the oil and gas industry right now? McMillan: We’re at a crucial point in Canada right now. Oil prices have recovered but the Canadian industry is not rebounding as fast as other oil…

Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money

Billions of dollars in spending announcements allow politicians to burnish their green credentials. But they don't get the job done

Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money“Around the world, businesses, governments and experts agree that carbon pricing is the cheapest and most efficient way to cut carbon pollution,” Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister, recently tweeted. If what she says is true, it means all other anti-carbon strategies – including regulations and subsidies – are unnecessarily expensive and inefficient.…