Kenneth P. Green
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Kenneth P. Green has studied energy and natural resource policy for nearly 20 years. An environmental scientist and policy analyst by training, Green’s recent publications include the efficacy of green-jobs programs, drivers of oil and gas prices, the embedded energy costs in consumer goods, and resilient policies to address the risks of climate change. He has just published his second supplemental textbook, “Abundant Energy,” a concise guide to energy and energy policy intended for a college audience. In addition, Green has testified before regulatory and legislative bodies across North America, including many times before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was also a designated expert reviewer for two reports by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Did You Think About All These Different Ways Carbon Tax Would Affect You?

(10) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Carbon taxes are back on centre stage in Canada, after a new "bipartisan" Ecofiscal Commission came out in favour of the idea. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is also talking about carbon taxes as is Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. That makes this an opportune time to review...

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What Obama's Emissions Announcement With China Really Means

(21) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Environmentalists received an early Christmas present on Nov. 12, when President Barack Obama and China's President Xi Jinping issued a "joint announcement" over the control of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States and China. The announcement ostensibly establishes a hard target for China's GHG emission trajectory...

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Climate Change: It's Not the Science, it's the Policy

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:52 PM

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest "Synthesis Report" drawing together the findings of the most recent three-volume set of the Fifth Assessment Report. The Assessment Report is meant to be the last word -- at least until the next omnibus review is...

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One Tanker Adrift Does Not a Crisis Make

(14) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 2:19 PM

The Simushir, a Russian-flagged cargo vessel is the newest cause celebre of anti-tanker activists out in British Columbia.

Liberal MP Joyce Murray and NDP finance critic Nathan Cullen are waving distress flags over what they portray as a near-disaster that reveals systemic faults in Canada's shipping-safety regime....

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No Province Should Ignore the Benefits of Fracking

(47) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:20 PM

In the recent New Brunswick election, an unremarkable engineering activity apparently took front and centre: hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, popularly known as fracking.

The outgoing premier, David Alward, was clearly in favour of fracking. He campaigned on the theme that resource development, specifically shale gas...

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If Albertans Bank on Renewable Energy They'll Get Robbed

(24) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 7:02 PM

Since taking office in mid-September, Alberta's new Premier Jim Prentice has talked an active game on the energy file. From the perspective of those who believe that Canada's energy exports are vital to the country's economic health, many of his comments seem positive.

He has stressed the...

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Nova Scotia Should Not Ban Fracking

(18) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 1:32 PM

Nova Scotia's government recently announced it would table legislation to establish a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") for the production of natural gas in the province. The ban, which follows a lengthy report on the safety of hydraulic fracturing, is indefinite, but not permanent. (One is...

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We Are Focusing On the Wrong Problem When It Comes To Oil Transit Accidents

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 8:26 PM

In the wake of the Lac-Mégantic oil-by-rail disaster, when a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken field exploded in Quebec, some people began to characterize Bakken crude oil as "uniquely flammable," with an implication that new rail car standards might be required to move the material. U.S. Transportation...

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Beware Hasty, Unwise Policy Decisions After Mount Polley

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:44 PM

The pictures coming out of northern British Columbia where the Mount Polley mine tailings pond ruptured on Aug. 4 are painful to see. The fact that the site is remote, and that only a small number of people are likely to be directly affected doesn't mitigate the visceral...

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Anti-Energy Activists Don't Want to Talk About Energy Poverty

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 8:22 AM

Two interesting articles were published recently discussing energy poverty in developing countries, and different ideas about what should be done to alleviate it.

In High Energy Africa, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Schellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute discuss the lessons learned from a recent conference on "Human...

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For Energy Exports, Canada Is Running Out of Time

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 5:12 PM

The University of Calgary's School of Public Policy has put out an important report that sheds light on an under-discussed dimension of Canada's energy export challenge: the time factor. At this point, most people (we hope) are aware that Canada faces physical bottlenecks in the transport of its...

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Elizabeth May's "4 Facts" Are Still Just Speculation

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Elizabeth May has chosen to respond to my critique of her Green Party website post "4 facts about Keystone XL" here on the Huffington Post Blog. It's gracious of Ms. May to engage with those who may disagree with her positions. Alas, I'm afraid...

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Elizabeth May's Fact Sheet Is More of an Opinion Sheet

(28) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Recently, Green Party leader Elizabeth May orchestrated an open letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the U.S. to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. In her note, Ms. May states that she sent Mr. Kerry "4 facts about Keystone XL." Unfortunately, two of Ms. May's...

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The Proposed Kitimat Oil Refinery Is Just Another Barrier to Oil Sands Development

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 6:49 PM

B.C. Green party MLA Andrew Weaver has (grudgingly) endorsed the idea of building a $25-billion refinery in British Columbia to convert Alberta's bitumen into gasoline, diesel fuel and aviation fuel, allowing the export of refined product, which, Weaver says, is safer for the environment because refined...

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Pipeline Construction Would Boost Government Revenues

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 6:21 PM

Discussions surrounding the need for new pipelines to transport Canada's oil to market have been a dominant economic, environmental and political issue for the past several years. Canada's overwhelming reliance on the United States as a customer, the U.S.'s growing energy self-sufficiency, and limited pipeline infrastructure have placed a low...

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Obama's Message to Canada: We Don't Want Your Oil

(8) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Once again, energy policy was an element of President Obama's State of the Union Address (2014). What's interesting is both what's seen and what is not seen.

Here, in the quotes related to energy, is what's seen:

  • "More oil produced at home than we buy from the...

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How Many Trains Must Derail Before We Agree on a Pipeline?

(20) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Yet another train derailment involving petroleum products has re-invigorated the debate over how we transport oil in Canada. In this case, 17 cars on a train near Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, derailed; nine of which carried dangerous goods including crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas.

According to...

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A Northern Gateway to Conflict

(32) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 7:41 PM

The National Energy Board (NEB) released its report on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal December 19, finding that plans for building the pipeline are sufficient for its approval. The report states, "We have concluded that the project would be in the public interest. We find that the...

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Stop Smearing Canada's Environmental Record

(6) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 5:43 PM

Back in April of 2013, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair went down to Washington to rubbish Canada's environmental reputation before its greatest trading partner. Now, the stomp-Canada shoe is on a different wearer: Marc Jaccard, a professor at Simon Fraser University, has gone down to the States...

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NEB Predicts Rosy Future for Canadian Energy

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 8:24 AM

The National Energy Board (NEB), Canada's chief energy regulator, has come out with a new report projecting energy development in Canada out to 2035. The potential for growth (and economic benefits to Canadians) is massive, but the NEB shares our concerns that the potential for bottlenecks...

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