Media items tagged with Tarsands

Op-eds | July 02, 2013

Why Alberta should avoid another bitumen boom

A government that doesn't learn from its mistakes is bound to repeat them. Case in point: Alberta's provincial government, which refuses to alter its regulatory approach to the tarsands.

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Tagged with: boom-and-bust cycle | economics | oil sands | tarsands
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 | 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
For Immediate Release | December 09, 2010

Treaty rights impacted downstream of tar sands

Chiefs call on governments to protect Athabasca river

Contaminants and low water levels in the Athabasca River system are impacting treaty rights, finds a new report released today in Edmonton.

The peer reviewed study was conducted with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Mikisew Cree First Nation. It examined traditional land and water use, and the impact of contaminants and low water levels in the lower Athabasca River system.

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Tagged with: first nations | oilsands | tarsands | treaty rights | water
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
Op-eds | April 03, 2010

Searching for a reason for the Tories’ royalty cuts

In an expected about-face, the Alberta government effectively reversed the widely supported royalty increases that came into effect last year. According to Energy Minister Ron Liepert, it had “nothing to do with industry running the province” but “everything to do with what constituents have been telling MLAs across this province.” Except that, according to an Environics poll, a majority of Albertans—including two-thirds of Tory supporters—opposed this latest gift to the oilpatch.

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Tagged with: oil royalties | tarsands
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

 

 
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