Advocacy & Opinion


'Why we are fighting': AER CEO Jim Ellis on the Redwater case

Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:44 AM MST

The following public statement was issued last week by Jim Ellis, CEO of the Alberta Energy Regulator. It’s a disturbing…

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Could penpals bring an end to polarizing pipeline polemics?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11:22 AM MST

Wanted: 100 Albertans to be “pipeline penpals.”The mission: to establish a common-sense peer-to-peer communications conduit with ordinary British Columbians.The task:…

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Going for energy 'Gold' is never easy

Monday, February 12, 2018, 3:10 PM MST

I love competition. So what better time to think about raw rivalry than during the Winter Olympics, now underway in…

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Organizations reshaping Canadian energy: ReGenerate Alberta

Monday, February 12, 2018, 2 PM MST

(In the third article in a series focusing on organizations that are changing the way we positively, and imaginatively, think…

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Canada is losing its competition for export markets with the U.S. and paying the price

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 1:50 PM MST

If Canada’s governments won’t push to get pipeline projects built, Canadians will be the poorer for it.Canada’s overwhelming dependence on…

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​The oil company CEO with a straight-shooting blog

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 2:48 PM MST

Most oil company CEOs eschew publicity or speaking plainly. I don’t know if they are whipped into corporate-speak by their…

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​Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscience

Monday, January 22, 2018, 2:39 PM MST

In the push to normalize electric vehicles, many forget it’s not the end of the road as far as environmental…

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The green movement’s fossil-fuel divestment crusade hurts the poor and middle class

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 1:44 PM MST

If you ever wonder how academics and activists combine to end up utopian, anti-poor and anti-middle class all at once,…

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​Alberta natural gas pricing: 50 percent discounts don’t last forever

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 1:24 PM MST

There has been a dramatic decline in AECO futures pricing over the past six months, with the average futures price…

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​Organizations reshaping Canadian energy: The Energy Futures Lab

Monday, December 18, 2017, 5:37 PM MST

(In a series of articles over coming weeks, I will profile six organizations whose mandates and the ethos backing them…

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Crude reality: The end of oil is a good way off

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 3:07 PM MST

China’s oil imports were up last week, with month-over-month imports increasing by 20 percent. This year, oil demand growth will…

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How would you write Canada's job application for global energy leader? ​

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 6:06 PM MST

Here’s a project for my energy and social media colleagues. Let’s collectively build what I describe below as a tool…

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