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While Canada dithers, the world shops elsewhere for energy
Gary Lamphier - Edmonton Journal
May 30, 2016
Eventually, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government will have to stop talking out of both sides of its mouth and make some tough decisions on whether to support new oil pipelines or liquefied natural gasprojects.
Although the Selfie King’s extended political honeymoon is starting to ebb — witness the blowback over his tough guy act in Parliament two weeks ago — we’re no closer to a final decision on key energy infrastructure projects than we were when Trudeau was elected in October.
This isn’t a fresh observation, of course. Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson, among others, has chronicled the Trudeau regime’s chronic aversion to decision-making, and its affection for seemingly endless consultation and protracted regulatory reviews.
In the meantime, with Canadian energy policy adrift, anti-capitalist, anti-fossil fuel crusaders such as Naomi Klein are only too happy to fill the vacuum, flying around the country and delivering instructions to the hoi polloi on how we need to change our evil ways to save sacred Gaia.
Klein was at it again Sunday, oh so helpfully linking the Fort McMurray wildfires and climate change while addressing a University of Calgary conference. “If we are serious about keeping warming below 1.5 C (the target set at the December climate confab in Paris), it does kind of mean the end of the fossil fuel era,” she declared.
Well, here’s the thing. You know, kind of.
While Klein never fails to draw a crowd in Canada, where she gets the celebrity treatment on college campuses and her radical views get heavy promo on the state-funded CBC (her filmmaker hubby Avi Lewis’s ex-employer), the rest of the planet seems to care not a whit.
Most energy exporting nations are simply carrying on as usual, building new pipelines and LNG projects at a furious pace. The result? While Canada’s energy resources remain largely landlocked, the U.S. and other exporters — from Saudi Arabia to Iran, Qatar, Kuwait and Russia — are only too happy to fill the void.
The U.S., for decades the world’s biggest consumer of oil and natural gas, is now busy ramping up exports of both. The U.S. government ended its 40-year ban on crude oil exports in December and in February Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass export terminal in Louisiana became the first in the continental U.S. to start exporting LNG.
One of the key export markets for U.S. crude oil is (you guessed it) Canada, where imports of U.S. crude soared nine-fold between 2008 and 2015, and U.S. production grew faster than in any country on Earth.
While two major Canadian oil pipeline projects to the West Coast — Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat, B.C., and Kinder Morgan’s planned TransMountain pipeline expansion to Burnaby, B.C. — have been conditionally approved by Canada’s federal energy regulator, they remain stillborn.
Their ultimate fate rests with Trudeau and his foot-dragging cabinet.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is building new pipelines as fast as it can. In 2014, the U.S. added more than 8,000 kilometres of oil pipelines, a 9.1-per-cent jump over the previous year, according to the U.S.-based Association of Oil Pipelines. And during the 2010-14 period, the U.S. added more than 19,000 km to its oil pipeline network.
Put differently, the Association of Oil Pipelines notes, that’s roughly 12 times the length of Keystone XL pipeline the Obama government rejected after years of delay.
With TransCanada’s proposed Energy East oil pipeline still just a gleam in the eye of its proponent, Eastern Canada’s refineries will remain a key target of U.S. producers and other foreign suppliers — including Saudi Arabia — for the foreseeable future.
Klein’s influence on Saudi oil policy, as you might guess, seems rather limited. Perhaps that’s why she hasn’t been lecturing in Riyadh of late. Or Moscow, Tehran, or any number of other foreign oil capitals.
On the LNG side, Sabine Pass is merely the first of several U.S. export terminals that will come into service over the next few years. Several others are already under construction.
The list includes: Dominion Energy’s Cove Point LNG terminal in Maryland, which is slated to come online by the end of 2017; Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi LNG terminal in Texas, which is due to commence exports in 2018; Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG terminal in Louisiana, also due to come online in 2018; and Freeport LNG’s Texas export terminal, scheduled to begin service in 2019.
Yet another LNG terminal, Southern Union’s Lake Charles facility in Louisiana, has already been approved by U.S. regulators, and several more, mainly on the Gulf Coast, are either proposed or have applications currently pending.
On the other side of the Pacific, Russia increased exports of crude oil to China, now the world’s biggest oil importer, by more than two-thirds between 2013 and 2015.
State-owned Rosneft, Russia’s key supplier to China, ships about half its oil via the East Siberia-Pacific Oceanoil pipeline. The remainder is exported by sea or through energy swaps with another major supplier, Kazakhstan, which also has major pipeline infrastructure in place with China.
In Africa, Uganda is planning a 1,400-kilometre, $4-billion-US pipeline to connect recent oil discoveries in its western region with the Tanzanian port of Tanga. The project is expected to come online in 2018, international media reports suggests.
Dining habits cook up greenhouse gas storm
On the air-pollution scale, consumers have a counterpart to the oilsands, only bigger—much bigger. Call it the skeleton in the kitchen. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) exposes the startling results of rich eating and drinking habits in a report titled The Role of Fossil Fuels in the U.S. Food System and the American Diet.
“Use of fossil fuels to produce the foods and beverages consumed by Americans in 2007 accounted for 13.6 per cent of economy-wide CO2 emissions from fossil fuels,” says the 90-page document.
“Domestic fossil fuel use linked to U.S. food consumption produced 817 million of the nearly six billion metric tons of CO2 emissions economy-wide,” it says.
The role of everyday American grub in the exhaust blamed for global climate change is 12 times the current annual oilsands contribution of 70 million tonnes and exceeds the Canadian total from …
By: Henry Lyatsky, P.Geoph.,P.Geol., Lyatsky Geoscience Research & Consulting Ltd.
Published: CSEG - Recorder (page 26)
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young geology undergradin Calgary, by
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global-cooling scares. Cooling was supposedly a scientific fact. Thankfully…
By Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman - The Fraser Institute
Published: Fort Nelson News
TransCanada Corp. recently pulled the plug on Energy East, its proposed 1.1-million-barrel-per-day oil pipeline between Alberta and New Brunswick, a month after the company said it would conduct a "careful review" of the cost impacts of changes in National Energy Board regulations.
It was the latest in a chain of bad news for Canada's energy industry, and further evidence that Canada's growing regulatory barriers may be damaging our investment climate.
Plunging oil prices and the approval of competing pipelines such as Keystone XL certainly contributed to the cancellation of Energy East.
But governments, by continuing to pile on new taxes and create unclear regulations, are killing existing projects and driving investment away from Canada.
A 2016 Fraser Institute survey of energy executives and managers found that Al…