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Op-eds | April 07, 2013

Pipelines won’t solve our problems

Focus remains on exporting oil rather than our energy security

For years I was a voice in the wilderness calling for an oil pipeline to bring western oil to Eastern Canada. Now that TransCanada and Enbridge each have plans to build one, I should be pleased. But I’m not.
Canada is in the absurd position of promising the U.S. oil security through the export of oil from Alberta, while Canada itself is the most oil insecure country in the global North.

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Tagged with: energy security | environment | oil companies | pipeline | tar sands
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 | 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


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