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My FINA remarks
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My FINA remarks
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. It’s a pleasure to speak to you today to express my overall support and to provide context for the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, Section 5 of Bill C-74.  This legislation is the backbone of the federal government’s approach to climate chang...
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Bill 12 – Problematic Legislation That Should Never Be Proclaimed
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Alberta’s Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd introduced Bill 12, The Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, on Monday and stated that the province, “absolutely intends to use it if we need to,” on Tuesday. The government should never be given that chance. Bill 12 is potentially in dire...
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Western Canadian oil pricing
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A lot of discussion happening about pipelines, market access and crude differentials these days.  I’ve started using this map as a means of illustrating the various levels to this debate.  First, it’s important to always note that all oil is not equal – if you’re looking a...
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Back to the FrogBlog
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It’s been two and a half years (wow) since I’ve written anything on this blog site, and more than three years since I’ve updated in on any kind of a regular basis.  Over the next while, I’m going to get back to more writing so hopefully that will change.  I hope that a few...
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The Mill Creek and the Valley Line – An opportunity we shouldn’t pass up
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The Mill Creek and the Valley Line – An opportunity we shouldn’t pass up
Up until 1970, the Mill Creek flowed through the ravine as we know it today, under what is now Connors Road, between 98th Avenue and the current site of the Muttart Conservatory, and finally under 98th Avenue to empty into the North Saskatchewan River.  You can still see the delta today – just wa...
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Updates
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I don’t update this blog much now, as most of my writing goes to Maclean’s – please check here for the latest - as well as occasional posts at the Globe and Mail here.  I hope to post move back to posting more technical analysis here in the near future. Thanks for checking-in. &...
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Do Oil Spills Boost the Economy?
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This week, Press Progress and the Vancouver Sun’s Peter O’Neil reported that Kinder Morgan had quantified the economic benefits of oil spills in its application to expand the Trans-Mountain Pipeline from Edmonton, Alta. to Burnaby, B.C.  Yes, the benefits of oil spills—they create jobs in the com...
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How Canada’s incoherence on climate is killing Keystone
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How Canada’s incoherence on climate is killing Keystone
There’s no shortage of blame being passed around in the wake of another delay in the U.S. regulatory approval process with respect to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline which, it was announced last Friday, will now drag on for at least another six months. Among other reasons cited for the decisio...
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My Twitter Account
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Many of you have noticed that I suspended my Twitter account over the weekend.  I expect that this will be a temporary decision, at least in some respects, although I am not sure what my re-engagement will look like. I’ve used Twitter for many years now, and I love the medium for news, lear...
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Finite Resources and Infinite Growth
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Finite Resources and Infinite Growth
Today’s Globe and Mail featured a column by Gary Mason on a world without oil.  ”If you believe that the economy is structured in such a way that it needs to grow continually in order to survive,” it states, “then it will take an endless supply of energy to feed it. ”...
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