Canada Energy

B.C. Must Step Out Of Canada's Carbon Shadow

Jens Wieting | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

It's not too late for B.C. to become a true climate champion.

Why Clean Energy Canada's Claims Are Confusing and Inconsistent

Cody Battershill | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada
Cody Battershill

To recap: the organization first claimed there were more jobs in clean energy than in oil sands, then the organization denied it, then it released a brand-new blog post reaffirming in fact that it DID say precisely that in the first place. Are you still with me?

How To Sail Though This Holiday Season

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

To make the most of your energy you need to know yourself. What people, places and situations give you energy and which ones take it away? In the same way that the successful sailor stops to feel the wind, you must feel your energy. What energizes each of us it is different and there are no right or wrong answers. What catches my sail might leave you stranded at the dock.

Wind Offers a Healthy Way to Generate Power

David Suzuki | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Wind power doesn't create pollution or global warming emissions. It's affordable and will never run out. Improvements to power-generation capacity, efficiency and affordability will continue to boost its importance in the energy mix.

Clean Energy Jobs Overshadow Oil and Gas Jobs? Oh C'mon!

Cody Battershill | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

By any fair analysis it is false that more Canadians are employed in green energy-related jobs than oil sands-related jobs. And it's part of Smith's divisive campaign to injure the oil sands in the view of the public.

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

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Do you like meat? Sorry, expect the price of your meat to go up more than other foods that produce less greenhouse gas emissions (that also will apply to your pet food, by the way). Do you like fashionable clothing and buy new clothes annually? Expect the price of those new threads to increase under the new carbon price.

How Wind and Solar Lower Your Electricity Bill in Alberta

David Dodge | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Solar energy in Alberta is still a tiny fraction of the total electricity mix, only five megawatts, but it's growing. Higher prices for solar electricity would certainly accelerate the process and get more clean solar energy on the grid more quickly, also helping Alberta with one of the biggest challenges it faces - reducing emissions in our fossil-fuel economy.

Why We Might Just Win This Fight Against the Tar Sands

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada
Mike Hudema

The battle to stop the tar sands is far from over but this week shows that when we work together and support each other, when we are bold and courageous we can climb and move mountains. We are growing in numbers every day, and together we can and already are changing the world.

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

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest "Synthesis Report" drawing together the findings of the most rece...

Greenpeace Scales Oil Derrick to Send Solar Message

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Alberta has the best solar and wind potential in all of Canada more than enough to power the entire province yet utilizes less than 1per cent of it. Alberta also has a highly skilled, trained workforce. Alberta has the welders, it has the electricians, it has the engineers, the machinists, it has all the people power it needs to make the solar powered leap.

Want Smarter Government? Focus it

Mark Milke | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

There are multiple reasons why governments choose the policy paths they do. Political survival is perhaps the most obvious explanation. But as with any organization, divesting of unnecessary businesses, projects and tasks that are off-mission helps sharpen the focus. That matters if one cares about smarter, more effective government.

No Province Should Ignore the Benefits of Fracking

Mark Milke | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Politicians are free to ignore the science, safety and history of hydraulic fracturing. But if the incoming New Brunswick government sticks with its election promise, it will outlaw (temporarily, at least) one of the more innovative ways to extract oil and gas in the 21st century. The science and risk-reward ratio are both on the side of hydraulic fracturing. The potential for a more dynamic economy is staring New Brunswick politicians in the face.

Three Interior Colour Design Tips for Positive Energy

Linda Lauren | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Style
Linda Lauren

A once drab environment is suddenly charged with the energy of a colour. Below are three quick colour design tips to help you create the desired results for your room or space.

Oil By Rail Is In Desperate Need of Clean-Up

Diane Francis | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Railways are transforming North America's energy sector and are, coincidentally, helping to save Canada's bacon. But the train business has been allowed to remain a 19th-century technology run with 19th-century mentality by workers without credentials. Aviation, by contrast, is heavily supervised and operated by licensed personnel with professional expertise and constant surveillance. For the moment, the critically important oil industry has been saved, but if governments aren't as tough as nails in their demands and dealings with the railways, then all bets are off.

How Tories Bully Charities and Abuse Power

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

Canadian charities are experiencing an "advocacy chill" and changing the way they go about their work as a result of what they say is "bullying" by the Harper Conservative government. My just completed Master's thesis research finds that the denunciatory rhetoric of government ministers against charities, followed by stepped up audits is having its toll not only on charity operations, but also on the strength of Canada's public discussions and thus on the vigor of democracy itself.

For Energy Exports, Canada Is Running Out of Time

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

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 energy resources to global markets.

Warren Buffett Is No Threat to Canada

Mark Milke | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Foreign investment is a win-win-win-win proposition for countries, consumers, the economy and shareholders. The only losers? Companies who dislike competition -- or people who think Warren Buffett poses an existential threat to Alberta.

The Northern Gateway Pipeline Is Critical to Canada's Economic Future

Janet Holder | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Business
Janet Holder

Using an outdated and tired argument that economic development can only come at the expense of our environment, David Miller recently dismissed Northern Gateway as wrong for Canada. I respect Mr. Miller, but I firmly disagree with his assessment.

'World's Greenest' Refinery Proposed For B.C. Coast

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - A Vancouver company is pitching a $10-billion oilsands refinery on British Columbia's north coast that aims to connect Alberta's vast energy...

How to Get Protein Working for You

Jane Dummer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Want to feel full all day long? Keep your metabolism revved? Then eat 30 grams of high quality protein at breakfast! Are you thinking, "How does my bagel and bowl of cereal give me 30 grams of protein?" Well, it doesn't.

How To Change Canada's Energy Habits

Merran Smith | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada
Merran Smith

For utilities, behaviour-based energy efficiency programs could make for happier customers, as industrial and household ratepayers alike are ready to be empowered to better manage their energy use and bills. Similarly, policymakers charged with delivering on energy efficiency will appreciate having one more arrow in their quiver.

Why Alberta Is A Great Place To Call Home

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Alberta has led all provinces in average annual economic growth over the last 20 years. Our unmatched strengths in agriculture, forestry and petrochemicals have earned us an international reputation but it is the energy sector that is our driving economic force. We are the energy hub in a nation that consistently ranks among the top 10 energy producers in the world. That's huge.

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

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

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 ...

Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite "Get" My Letter to John Kerry

Elizabeth May | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

The HuffPost blog from the Fraser Institute's Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, Kenneth Green, set out to make me look uninformed based on my submission to the U.S. State Department on the proposed Keystone pipeline. From his first words, it was pretty clear he didn't grasp the concept of writing a letter.

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

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

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 facts aren't actually facts, and two of her facts are so lacking in context as to constitute merely factoids.