Showing posts from 2018

Governments shouldn't count on predictable response to carbon taxes

Written By: Stewart Muir Published: Affordable Energy ( The night before British Columbia’s carbon-dioxide emissions tax was implemented in February 2008, I was surprised to see lineups at gas stations. Some motorists apparently believed that the end of affordable gasoline was nigh and they better fill up, because at midnight they’d start paying an extra 2.5 cents a litre. The world didn’t end, and over the next year, B.C. recorded a small drop in the amount of gasoline sold for road-transport use. From 1,107 litres a person in 2007, consumption fell by four per cent. Since this coincided with the 2007-2009 “great” global recession, there has always been some question whether it was carbon pricing or alternatively a reduction in general economic activity, that accounted for the drop. B.C. registered barely any economic growth in 2008. In 2009, its economy shrank. Ten years later, it’s often claimed that the B.C. carbon tax has brought about

Report on Mission of PSAC Members to Ottawa

Gary G. Mar, President & CEO Petroleum Services Association of Canada Report on Mission of PSAC Members to Ottawa December 1 – 5, 2018 ‘Twas weeks before Christmas, and on Parliament Hill,  PSAC traveled to fight, a Government Bill.  C-69 will wreak devastation,  On energy projects, across this great nation.  Canadian energy is a responsible brand,  That benefit all those who live in our land.  We should be proud, without being crass,  Of the importance of clean burning natural gas.  Our oil is produced with the greatest of care, T o protect our soil and water and air.  Now days before Christmas, all through the land,  Not a pipeline was pending, no chance to expand.  The proceedings, so endless, were done for the season,  None scheduled for judges to listen to reason.  Energy workers were resigned to their beds,  Where hopes of employment played with their heads.  Their children, once hopeful of warm Christmas cheer,  Now hope

Focus on climate change draws resources best used elsewhere

Writter: Bjorn Lomborg Published: The Australian ( The reason we are failing to cut emission isn’t because people aren’t willing to take action. It’s because green energy sources are not yet competitive enough to take over from fossil fuels for all of our energy needs. Picture: AP. Politicians are gathering in Poland for a climate summit being billed as the most important conference since the Paris treaty was signed in 2015. Around the world the chattering classes have declared that more political willpower is needed to solve global warming. This is deluded: it ignores the privileged place climate change has among all of humanity’s challenges and misses the real reasons for our failure. Across the past quarter-century climate change has received more attention — and generated more prophesies of doom — from political and religious leaders, celebrities and royalty than any other issue. It is given so much attention that it is sacrilegious to even point o

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No It's the Supervisor!

By: Rod Garland As we near Christmas (for most in the Christian world the season of celebration of the birth of Jesus), there is another that we should remember and recognize, and who, on April 18 th this year, celebrated his 80th birthday. His name is Kal-El, son of Jor-El, aka Clark Kent, but to most of us he is simply known as Superman. He is said to have been born on the planet Krypton and sent to Earth by his parents in a space capsule just before the destruction of his planet due to a natural catastrophe. This showed great foresight and planning by his parents that should be a lesson in emergency planning for us all. After crash landing on Earth somewhere near the town of Smallville, USA, he was found and adopted by a farmer and his wife, Jonathan & Martha Kent. They raised him as their own and instilled strict moral training into the young Clark, who vowed to only use his emerging super-human capabilities for the safety of the human race. So there you have

The U.N.'s Doomsday Climate Clock

By: The Editorial Board Published: WSJ Maybe predicting the apocalypse isn't the best political strategy. A press conference of the 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is held in South Korea’s western port city of Incheon, Oct. 8.   PHOTO:  WANG JINGQIANG/ZUMA PRESS Have we reached peak alarmism on climate change? The question occurs after the muted reaction last week to the latest forecast from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In case you hadn’t heard we’re all doomed, yet the world mostly yawned. This is less complacency than creeping scientific and political realism. The U.N. panel says the apocalypse is nigh—literally. According to its calculations, global carbon emissions must fall 45% by 2030—twice as much as its earlier forecasts—and the world must wean itself entirely off fossil fuels over three decades to prevent a climate catastrophe that will include underwater coastlines and widespread drought and di

Canadian Oilpatch Guardedly Optimistic Amid Strong Competition From Booming U.S. Energy Sector

By: Maurice Smith Published: Daily Oil Bulletin The Permian Basin is delivering transformational growth for Chevron as it applies advanced technologies and builds drilling efficiencies. Image: Chevron Amid Trump tax cuts and reduced regulations in the U.S., and robust activity in premium basins like the prolific Permian , Canada’s battered energy sector is looking for some relief. As U.S. output soars to all time record levels, driven by technology partly developed north of the border, Canada risks losing its edge, panelists told the Calgary Energy Roundtable. “No question that Precision [ Drilling Corporation ] is focusing most of our capital, most of our time, on growth in the U.S. We can pivot quickly, and pivot back here quickly, but for the near future, for 2018 and 2019, maybe even into 2020, until LNG really starts affecting oil and gas services, we expect most of our focus will be on the U.S. and international markets,” said Kevin Neveu , Precision president and CEO