Media items tagged with Energy Policy

For Immediate Release | April 17, 2013

Taking the Reins

New report says public interest best served by slowing down bitumen production

A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says another out-of-control bitumen boom would not be in the best interests of Albertans, and that the Alberta government should take action today to bring the pace of development under control.

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Tagged with: bitumen | boom | boom-and-bust cycle | energy policy | oil sands | pacing | tar sands
Op-eds | February 22, 2013

Alberta has a new export: the petroleum trap

Recent statements by federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty that the government’s budget plans have been thrown into disarray by a decline in Alberta’s oil revenues should come as no surprise. The differential between the North American benchmark price for crude and the price Alberta gets for its thicker brand of oil has been played up in recent months by the provincial Progressive Conservative government as a major cause of its fiscal woes. Now its federal counterpart is using the same argument to explain its declining revenues.

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Tagged with: economics | energy policy | staples theory | tarsands
Op-eds | October 15, 2012

Shipping Alberta bitumen to China? It’s a very slow boat

October always brings shorter days, falling leaves and the bite of frost. This year, frost in Alberta is also coming from politics, as British Columbia Premier Christy Clark digs in her heels over the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline to take sands oil to China.

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Tagged with: energy policy | energy security | Northern Gateway | Quebec | tarsands
Op-eds | April 09, 2012

Royalty reform long overdue

Public share of resource wealth has fallen since Lougheed era

The Wildrose party’s plan to bring back “Ralph Bucks” is the splashiest example from the provincial election campaign that the leading parties appear to be putting the cart before the horse.  Keen to announce plans to spend Alberta’s resource wealth, they have avoided discussion on the integrity of the province’s royalty system.

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Tagged with: elections | energy policy | oil companies | oil royalties | royalties | tarsands
For Immediate Release | March 15, 2012

Misplaced Generosity

Alberta government set to forego $55 billion in royalties over next three years

A new report from the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that despite a provincial deficit, the Alberta government will forego some $55 billion in potential revenue over the next three years as a result of overly generous royalty cuts and the government’s failure to meet even the modest targets set by previous administrations.

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Tagged with: energy policy | oil companies | oil royalties | royalties | tarsands
Op-eds | March 05, 2012

Alberta could lead next national energy program

Many will remember the made-in-Alberta bumper sticker of the 1980s that told Canadians outside of Alberta that they could “freeze in the dark.” The message caught the mood of many Albertans enraged by the National Energy Policy.

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Tagged with: energy policy | national energy strategy
Op-eds | February 22, 2012

It’s time Alberta stopped giving away its oil

The Alberta government’s new budget is laudable for its commitment to providing stability to education and health-care funding, and for its reinvestments in some areas of social services, notably increased payments to AISH recipients.

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Tagged with: economics | energy policy | Heritage Savings Trust Fund | royalties
Op-eds | February 15, 2012

Does anyone in government really care about Canadian jobs?

The Harper government has recently stated it wants to “diversify Canada’s markets.” Hence, its support of the Northern Gateway pipeline and the prime minister’s upcoming trip to China.
On the surface, pronouncements about finding new markets appear no different than what Canadian governments have said for years.

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Tagged with: energy policy | jobs | Keystone XL | Northern Gateway | pipelines | value-added
Op-eds | January 27, 2012

Harper must get fired up to deal with fuel shortage

Lack of contingency plans for likely international oil crisis will leave Canada in the cold

Smallpox is a scary disease. It kills a fifth of those infected, and scars and blinds many survivors. Canada has been smallpox free since 1962 and the world since 1977. But, Canada has a smallpox contingency plan. So does Britain. The chances of a smallpox outbreak are remote, but I am happy to pay taxes so Canada can employ people to fight its return. That’s what governments are for.

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Tagged with: energy policy | energy security | pipelines
Op-eds | July 27, 2011

What in tar-nation?

There’s less than meets the eye to Alberta’s surprising about-face on a national energy strategy.

I never thought I’d see the day when the words “national,” “energy” and “strategy” would be strung together and promoted by the Alberta government. For 30 years, Pierre Trudeau’s 1980 National Energy Program (NEP) had been recurrently trotted out by Alberta premiers and Calgary’s oilpatch, strung up, and ritualistically pummelled.

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Tagged with: energy policy | energy security | national energy strategy | tarsands
Op-eds | December 05, 2010

Generosity for energy sector, tough times for everyone else

As industry rakes in billions, public services are cut and deficit grows

After a long string of billions in drilling incentives and royalty holidays for the oilpatch over the last two years, the latest provincial budget update recently confirmed the $5-billion scale of Alberta’s expected deficit.  Already enduring a recession and a variety of cuts to public services, Albertans have every reason to expect more of the same from the Progressive Conservative government: generosity for the oilpatch, discipline for citizens.

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Tagged with: energy policy | oil companies | royalties
For Immediate Release | November 25, 2010

Misplaced Generosity

New report says extreme oil profits come at expense of government revenue

Despite a provincial deficit now forecast to reach $5 billion this year, a new report from the U of A’s Parkland Institute points out that Albertans have foregone tens of billions in potential revenue as a result of overly generous royalty cuts and the government’s failure to meet even its own modest targets.

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Tagged with: energy policy | oil companies | oil royalties | royalties | tar sands | tarsands
For Immediate Release | December 04, 2009

Weak Canadian position at Copenhagen just one symptom of flawed business model in energy sector

EDMONTON—Canada’s inability to play a leadership role at international climate change negotiations is just one of many negative consequences of an energy sector that is dominated by large for-profit corporations, and we need to begin exploring alternate business models for the industry. This is a key message of a new discussion paper released today by Alberta’s Parkland Institute in conjunction with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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Tagged with: Copenhagen Summit 2009 | energy policy | environment
For Immediate Release | March 25, 2009

Yesterday’s fuel, yesterday’s deal

Petro-Canada, taken over by Suncor, pushes to deliver more fossil fuels when the world is moving to renewables

Suncor’s proposed buyout of Petro-Canada is being touted as a match made in Canada to create a national champion that will kick-start the oil sands. Paula Simons of the Edmonton Journal bet that Pierre Trudeau’s ghost was smirking somewhere to see his dream realized.  Should advocates of Canadian energy security, domestic control and transitioning to a conserver society throw confetti at the corporate wedding?

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Tagged with: Canada | corporations | energy policy | tarsands
For Immediate Release | October 10, 2008

Eastern Canada vulnerable to oil shortages

New Report Calls for Canada to Set Up Strategic Petroleum Reserves

Canada is currently the most vulnerable country in the industrial world to short-term oil supply crises, and we need to establish strategic petroleum reserves to remedy the problem. This is the key finding of a report released today by Alberta’s Parkland Institute in conjunction with the Polaris Institute.

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Tagged with: Canada | energy policy | strategic petroleum reserves
For Immediate Release | September 17, 2008

Canada prohibited from cutting gas and oil exports to the U.S. - even if we experience shortages

Despite the fact that we are running out of natural gas, and that we import 49% of the oil we consume, NAFTA dictates that Canada’s government cannot reduce the percentage of oil and gas we now export to the United States even in times of domestic shortages. A new report released today by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) says that the only solution to this and other potential scenarios is for Canada to pull out of NAFTA’s ‘proportionality’ clause.

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Tagged with: energy policy | NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement

 

 
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