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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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Can we dismiss this `economists only care about GDP’ crap, once and for all?
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Yesterday, the Pembina Institute and Equiterre released a report entitled Booms, busts, and bitumen: The economic implications of Canadian oil sands development.   The report opens with a foreword from University of Ottawa economics professor Serge Coulombe. His opening paragraph states that, ...
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Extraction vs Upgrading
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The NDP put forth a motion in the House last week which states that, “the Keystone XL pipeline would intensify the export of unprocessed raw bitumen and would export more than 40,000 well-paying Canadian jobs, and is therefore not in Canada’s best interest.” This motion provided me with the...
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