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

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:32 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

(30) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:33 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 | 5:49 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 | 5:21 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 | 11:40 AM

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?

(22) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 11:04 AM

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 | 6:41 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

(7) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 4:43 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 | 7:24 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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Why Should We Have to Bribe B.C. to Let Oil Pass Through It?

(83) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:32 PM

Alberta Premier Alison Redford and B.C. Premier Christy Clark recently announced a "framework agreement" on the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline, removing what was seen as a serious barrier to development. The agreement is an important breakthrough, not only for Alberta and British Columbia, but for all of Canada, which...

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Oakville's Power Plant Fiasco Is a Lesson in Policy

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Back in 2005, the Fraser Institute published a policy study examining the Ontario government's decision to shut down coal-fired power generation in the province. We observed that while the environmental benefits of such a move would be meagre, the costs would be significant, and regressive.

At the time,...

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Canada Should Take the Oil Pipeline to Safety

(15) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 5:34 PM

A pair of petroleum-related events in Canada has re-invigorated the public debate over the movement of petrochemicals such as oil and liquefied natural gas.

On October 17 a natural gas pipeline in a remote area of Alberta ruptured, releasing natural gas into the environment. As a result of...

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Help Poor Provinces: Allow Fracking

(71) Comments | Posted October 26, 2013 | 7:49 PM

The recent native protests in New Brunswick against proposed hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") are not only devoid of facts but harm the potential for prosperity and lower personal taxes. Add in the anti-fracking frothing in neighbouring Nova Scotia, and also in Quebec, and it adds up to ill-advised provincial policies, this...

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The Costs of Canada's Inability to Ship Oil to Market

(16) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:02 AM

As almost everyone knows by now, Canada has some interesting challenges looming when it comes to transporting increasing oil production to markets both inside and outside of Canada. What many Canadians might not realize is how important oil exports are to Canada's economy. Canada has the world's third...

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Nigeria's a Mess -- But Don't Blame the Oil

(11) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:42 PM

The Financial Times recently reported on the dismal state of oil sector performance in Nigeria:

"Nigeria is suffering the worst oil production disruptions in four years, with output falling to levels last seen before the government's amnesty program ended the militancy in the Niger delta.

Industrial scale oil...

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Has Your Child Seen This Propaganda Film in School?

(152) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Recently, a concerned parent pointed me to a film being shown to his child's sixth grade class, called The Story of Stuff. The movie, created in 2007, depicts a world in which big corporations, in cahoots with big government, pretty much destroy the entire planet and maliciously poison...

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There's Nothing So Undedicated as a Dedicated Fund

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 5:32 PM

When pitching new programs, politicians love their "dedicated" funds: highway trust funds, housing trust funds, environmental protection funds, wildlife-protection funds, and so on. Most recently, under AB 32, California politicians partly sold the program on the basis of all the good that could be done with Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds...

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With Latest Comments on Keystone XL, Obama Favouring Environment Over Economy

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 3:46 PM

Keystone watchers are in something of a swivet over comments made by U.S. President Barack Obama in a recent interview with The New York Times. Mr. Obama once again rained on the Keystone XL parade, disparaging the pipeline on employment and environmental grounds.

Here are the key...

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Alberta Wind Power Report Blows

(7) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 7:16 PM

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has released a "windvision" plan for Alberta that, not-surprisingly calls for the province to build a lot more wind-power capacity. CanWEA suggests that while the province currently generates 1,100 Megawatts of wind-power, it could install nearly five times as much....

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BC Cuts Off Oil to Spite its Country

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 4:57 PM

On the last day of May, the government of British Columbia gave the back of its hand to Alberta and indirectly to the rest of Canada, which benefits -- and could benefit more -- from continued development of Alberta's oilsands. Claiming insufficient environmental protections, the B.C. government rejected the

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