Canada Energy

We Should Transport as Much Oil as We Can by Pipeline

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Just about every aspect of our lives involves a certain amount of risk, of course. It's all about risk management. And indeed, despite the occasional high-profile accident like last week's spill in California, pipelines in general remain very safe. One realistic alternative to transporting Canadian oil by pipeline is transporting that same oil by train or by truck. Yet both of these methods of transport are less safe than pipelines. Logically, then, we should transport as much oil as we can by pipe, and as little as possible by rail or road.

Sorry B.C., You're not a Climate Change Leader

Jens Wieting | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

It's great to hear that the B.C.government has begun work on a new climate action plan has begun. But this plan needs to be grounded in an honest assessment of our success to date, not wishful thinking.

Quebec Should Ditch Wind Power Subsidies and Go for Oil

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Hydro-Québec indirectly subsidizes the wind power sector to the tune of $695 million a year, which amounts to some $200 per Quebec household to produce a tiny fraction of the province's energy. With an estimated 40 billion barrels of oil, developing this resource would provide a minimum of $160 million a year in royalties for the Quebec treasury over 30 years.

Renewable Energy Sources Mean Higher Electricity Bills

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

In the debate over how electricity should be provided, we often hear lofty and optimistic projections. But if national and international experiences can teach us anything, it's that so far, more renewable generation leads to one thing -- higher prices.

Saving Energy Is a Much More Profitable Business Than You Think

David Dodge | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Energy consultants have been helping companies reduce operator error, identifying energy wasting systems and proposing energy efficient retrofits for a while now. But what is new is the next generation of energy efficiency companies who are using super smart meters and big data to identify, measure and wrestle energy sucking systems to submission.

This Earth Day, Harper's Silence Was Deafening

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

There was no Earth Day speech. No urgent call to action. No outlining of the threats we face or the way in which we were going to work together to meet them. There wasn't even an Earth Day tweet -- just silence. It was a very stark reminder of his priorities. U.S. President Barack Obama's speech noted that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. The fact that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, that droughts, storms, and wildfires are increasing all over the planet in both frequency and intensity, and how climate change is already adversely affecting the air our children breathe.

Our Sense of Entitlement Could Be the Biggest Barrier To Solving Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

When former federal cabinet minister David Dingwall was questioned about a generous buyout package he received in 2006, his oft-quoted reply was, "I am entitled to my entitlements." It caused much outrage. But as the biblical expression goes, let whoever is without sin cast the first stone, because perhaps we're all a bit guilty of entitlement.

Try This Simple Trick to Get More Energy

Mandy King | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Living
Mandy King

A factor that can often be overlooked when dealing with the determinants of one's energy levels is routine. Do you have one? Do you go to bed at the same time most nights? Do you wake up at a similar time each morning? Do you eat your meals around the same time each day?

Want to Be Healthy? Take the "Captain Obvious" Approach

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

You don't have to spend tonnes of money on cleansing programs, protein powders or the latest miracle food to achieve your health and wellness goals. I am not saying don't eat gogi berries (or this month's equivalent miracle food). I am just saying that you don't need to spend oodles of money or follow a restrictive "diet," you just need to get back to basics.

Raw Dead Fish and Canada's Energy Policy

Paul Barter | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

The new TransCanada pipeline isn't about getting energy east -- it's about getting crude oil east. When discussing the environmental impact of oil sands development, stop using the benign sounding "tailings ponds" when we're actually talking about "toxic sludge." Ducks aren't killed when they land in ponds.

Oil-Train Derailments in Canada Expose Folly of Anti-Pipeline Movement

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Four recent oil-train derailments--two in the United States and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama--have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil.

Obama's Remarks About Keystone XL Need Some Corrections

Cody Battershill | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

First, Keystone XL does NOT "bypass the United States," as the President claimed it did in the earlier statement. A consultants report from IHS Energy found in February that "Canadian crude making its way to the USGC (the US Gulf Coast) will likely be refined there, and most of the refined products are likely to be consumed in the United States."

Actually, You Don't Need Carbohydrates for Energy

Mike Sheridan | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Mike Sheridan

Of all the nutrition and fitness misconceptions I hear, this is the front-runner for most ridiculous: "I need carbohydrates for energy." Unlike protein and fat, carbohydrates supply none of the elements necessary to build or repair tissue in the body, and provide no essential component.

Keystone: Obama's Slow Motion Kabuki Theatre

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The president's rationale for rejecting the Keystone Approval Act is not actually based on an assessment of whether Keystone XL is in the U.S. national interest--that process is ongoing at the State Department. Rather, Mr. Obama's veto justification is that the Act "attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest."

Five Ways to Go From Chaos to Calm

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada
Sharon Vinderine

What would happen if I could spend some of that "busy time" with non-stress related items? What if I could find a more peaceful way to start and end my day? What if I could make a few small subtle changes that could change the outlook on my day? A lot of what if's that needed a firm action plan.

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund -- A Success Story

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

According to the Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ), Norway had 5.83 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves as of January 1, 2014, the largest oil reserves in Western Europe. The enormous income to the state from the industry made it possible to create a global pension fund that now owns more than one per cent of global share value.

Five Foods to Keep You Energized This Winter

Jane Dummer | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

If you're feeling down, lift yourself up with salmon. It's packed with protein, which is an essential nutrient for energy and building muscle. Plus, it contains vitamin D, which is necessary for immune and mental health. We synthesize vitamin D via our skin from exposure to sunlight.

Will Bitcoin Help the Energy Revolution?

Ben West | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Ben West

I have spent most of my adult life organizing campaigns, trying to make change for the better in regards to climate change. I am now getting pretty ex...

Five Easy Ways To Kick Winter Blues to the Curb

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Join a gym or set one up in your house. Set a regular exercise routine and stick to it; put it in your weekly calendar. Often we feel more lethargic or uninspired because we feel a sense of not accomplishing much. Working out is a great item to check off on your to-do list, and has proven results in improving our state of mind, and of course, body.

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

Jens Wieting | Posted 02.17.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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.