Showing posts from January, 2017

Plenty of life left in the internal combustion engine

Written by: Peter Boag ~ President & CEO Canadian Fuels Association In the drive to reduce transportation GHG emissions, there is a school of thought that the conventionally-fuelled internal combustion engine powered vehicle is at the proverbial ‘end of the road’.  True, alternative energy vehicle technologies are making inroads and capturing a small and growing share of the vehicle market.  But to paraphrase Mark Twain, prognostications about the death of the internal combustion engine are greatly exaggerated. Recent (January 2017) US EPA conclusions on the achievability of increasingly strict fuel efficiency/emission requirements out to 2025 confirm this in spades.  Based on a broad array of research and information sources, including research from the US National Academy of Sciences, the EPA concluded “a wide variety of effective technologies are available to reduce GHG emissions from cars and light trucks, and that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards through

Eurasia Group Cites Trump Policy Uncertainty As Chief Global Political Risk

By: Elsie Ross Published: Daily Oil Bulletin United States President-elect Donald Trump ’s uncertain approach to foreign policy is the top global political risk in 2017, a Calgary luncheon audience heard Wednesday. “The level of uncertainty is very high,” Robert Johnston , chief executive officer of the Eurasia Group , a Washington D.C. global political risk consultancy, told the Calgary Chamber of Commerce 2017 Global Outlook.  “We say Trump is definitely a wild card.” The theme of the Eurasia Group’s top risks is that of a geopolitical recession, a recession driven not by economic forces but rather by the uncertainty generated by the actions of states, primarily the United States but other governments as well in reacting to the actions of the Trump administration. The main risk the consultancy sees is of Trump pulling back from the global community and institutions such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Mo

In Searching For A New Enemy To Unite Us, We Came Up With The Threat Of Global Warming

In Searching For A New Enemy To Unite Us, We Came Up With The Threat Of Global Warming : by: Climatism: Jan 24, 2017 “The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.“ – Club of Rome, premier environmental think-tank, consultants to the United Nations “ Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” –  Maurice Strong , founder of the  UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Anthropogenic “climate change”, and the control of carb

Living in the post-truth world, energy style

By: Gwyn Morgan Columnist, Troy Media       VICTORIA -- One of the unfortunate legacies of 2016 is the frequency of 'post-truth' communications.        The term describes communications where objective facts are replaced by erroneous assertions aimed at creating emotion-based beliefs. Post-truth communications reached a peak during the American presidential campaign.        But Canadians have also seen an escalation of post-truth communications, particularly in relation to energy. Here are some of those assertions, contrasted with real world facts.        Post-truth No. 1: We have the technology to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar energy.        Real world facts:        Fossil fuels generate more than 65 percent of global electricity production. Despite the hundreds of billions of dollars invested, wind ad solar provide only 1.5 percent of global power. You may have seen higher figures from the green-power industry but that's a classic post-truth distortion