Trade Numbers & Option: Why US Trade Wars with China, Mexico & Canada Have Not Bought Jobs Back to the United States

If you have been following the President Trumps Trade War with China (and to a lesser extent, Canada, Mexico and Europe) you might think it will be good for US workers in the long run. It turns out that after nearly three years of increasingly aggressive trade sanctions that China has been hurt, but shockingly it has actually resulted in INCREASED imports to the United States on net.  Here are the facts: Manufacturing companies are leaving China, but they are…

VIDEO: $16/Hour Wage Requirement in USMCA / NAFTA2 Explained

The new NAFTA (aka North American Free Trade Agreement or United States Mexico Canada Agreement) has an interesting minimum wage requirement that is not well understood.  Here are the key facts: USD $16/hour wage minimum is required on 40% of the components in cars and 45% of the components on trucks The $16/hour is required to be paid by the manufacturer to its EMPLOYEES and not the contracted suppliers to companies like GM, Chrysler and Ford $1.60 of that $16/hour…

What is the Difference Between Minority and Coalition Government?

The most straightforward form of government is a “majority” government.  Majorities occur when a single party receives more than 50% of the seats.  Minority and Coalition governments occur when a natural majority was not achieved, but what is the difference? What is a Minority Government: A minority government is formed when the party that wins the most seats, but less than 50% of the total, informally agrees to work another party (or parties) on specific areas of agreement to archive…

Can Oil Pipelines Be Used To Transport Other Materials?

What happens to oil pipelines in a post oil world?  Many people think the massive expenditures in pipelines result in a permanent oil infrastructure.  The fact is that pipelines originally constructed to move oil are both reversed and repurposed all the time. The graphic to the right is from 2014 and shows that oil pipeline reversals and repurposing are not new. Here are some real world examples about what happens to old oil/gas pipelines. PIPELINE REVERSALS: Enbridge ‘Line 9’ reversed the…

Are Tesla’s New v3 SuperChargers The Real Path To Profitability?

It has been noted that during the gold rush most miners did not get rich, but the people who sold them their pick axes and dynamite certainty did.  In the same vein Google has said it is not those with the most powerful computers that will win in the future, it is those with the most data.  Perhaps electric cars are the same. Tesla just released amazing new version 3 electric charging stations in Regina Saskatchewan Canada: “…The new stations…

VIDEO: Colin Powell on Donald Trump: The US Constitution Starts With ‘We The People’ Not ‘I the President’

At PartisanIssues.com we shy away from opinion and stick to facts.  However, the recent impeachment process involving US President Donald Trumps potential abuse of power has us interested in what serious people in the Republican party have to say about the matter. We stumbled on a fascinating talk between Fareed Zakaria and former US secretary of states Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright at the New Albany ‘The Jefferson Series‘.  In it both Albright and Powell make some excellent non-partisan points…

VIDEO: Alberta Company Produces Ultra Cheap Hydrogen In the Ground Avoiding All Greenhouse Gases

Proton Technologies of Calgary has taken existing technologies and combined them into a method or ‘process patent’ that gives them exclusive rights to produce hydrogen in the ground.  This means that all of the CO2 and other greenhouse gases remain locked in the ground where they have been for millions of years. It also massively reduces the complexity and cost allowing Hydrogen to be produced 80% to 95% cheaper than the current process.  At that rate, hydrogen will be several…

How to Easily Vote TODAY for Canadian Federal Election & Avoid The Lines

You probably already knew you could vote: on election day in by joining thousands of people in line in limited site advance polls with dozens of people in line by mail in ballot but did you know you can vote NOW at ANY of the 500 temporary or permanent Elections Canada offices? Between now and October 15th, 2019 from 9am to 9pm you can just walk in with your ID.  You do NOT need to have your voter card, although…

Think Nuclear is Dead or Dangerous? Bill Gates Says Think Again

The nuclear energy industry has a bad rap.  Accidents at Fukushima Japan and Chernobyl Russia, using 1950’s technology, scared citizens and politicians into thinking that nuclear energy is both dangerous and dead. Even with these massive events, the fact is that nuclear was always RELATIVELY safe.  We say relatively because all systems have flaws and failures but nuclear is far superior to coal or even natural gas and wind power. However, in the 1970’s and 1980’s much research was done…

Coal vs Nuclear: What Environmentalists Now Say

We have never had so much easy access to highly reliable scientific information but intentionally misleading fake news, politicians and interest groups promoting their pet agendas and outright crackpots have left the public scared and confused on so many issues.  Nuclear power is one of those issues where the conventional wisdom is just plain wrong. ‘Everyone knows’ that nuclear power: isn’t safe and never will be has killed hundreds of thousands of people has permanently contaminated millions of square kilometers…

Can A Calgary Startup Really Reshape the Global Energy Business?

A few weeks ago, a small privately held Calgary startup named Proton Technologies announced they were successfully generating cheap hydrogen from old oil fields.  Today we interviewed their CEO, Grant Strem, and learned that the company already had net positive cash flow with big plans for the near future. Producing Hydrogen with ZERO Emissions at 20% of the Cost? Keeping the process in the ground means there is no expensive carbon capture requirements.  The process, shown to the right, produces…

VIDEO: Gladwell Explains Why We Should Trust Strangers More But Downplay The Value of Face To Face Meetings

In Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, Talking to Strangers, he explains a theory that while humans are better off for trusting strangers, that we are terrible at over valuing personal interactions.  He bases most of his position research fro University of Alabama professor Timothy Levine’s research: He discusses US President Donald Trumps over valuing his personal meetings with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Mussolini, Chamberlain, Stalin and Churchill’s interactions with Hitler Here is the audio and a machine transcription of…

What Each of The Chinese United Front Bureaus Actually Do

For most of the last 50 years the United Front (aka the Central United Front Work Department, UF, UFW, UFWD and CUFWD) had five broad “bureau’s” each with large budgets and direct connections to the Chinese Government, Politburo and Communist Party.  However, by 2019 President for life Xi Jinping had doubled the size this highly successful government agency to 12 “bureaus”, as shown on the right. If you just skim the list you will not be that impressed but if…

What is the Chinese United Front & Why You Should Be Concerned About It

To get directly to the point the United Front is the official Chinese governments propaganda arm.  The United Front is very powerful, in nearly all countries and intentionally opaque to non-Chinese government officials. The term ‘United Front’ can be confusing when it relates to China.  100+ years ago United Front referred to the alliance between China’s two ruling parties, the Kuomintang (KMT, now mostly in Taiwan) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP, now ruler of all Chinese territory except Taiwan). …

How Much More Does Alberta Spend On Services Compared To The Canadian Average?

A analysis by Statistics Canada of 2016 Canadian Provincial budgets shows that Alberta spends an average of 10% more on services than the Canadian average. Albertans spend a shocking 26% more than the Canadian average on Education. Government expense by function per capita, 2016  Alberta   Canada   Alberta Premium  Health  $4,944.00  $4,475.00  $                469.00 Education  $3,047.00  $2,455.00  $                592.00 Economic affairs  $2,112.00  $1,275.00  $                837.00 Social protection  $1,393.00  $1,770.00  $              (377.00) General public services  $   947.00  $1,658.00  $              (711.00) Public order…

Do Health Care & Education Really Account for 50% of Provincial Government Spending In Canada?

In a word, yes. Average spending on health care is now over 40% of all Canadian Provincial expenses: “…health care spending as a share of program spending and health care spending as a share of the economy, shows clearly that the last 15 years (ie., between 2001 to 2016) saw provincial governments increase health care spending at an unsustainable pace. Indeed, during this period, health care spending grew by 116.4 percent, outpacing growth in other program spending (94.6 percent) and…

Why You Should Not Be Able To Get Ontario High School Credits at Schools In China

Lets start by explaining that yes, you can acquire Ontario high school credits while in China, mostly through schools that have paid to be be certified by the various Ministries of Education.  On its face, that sounds like a good idea for two reasons: It brings in revenue to the school system in the form of certification fees It provides a Canadian ‘how to think’ curriculum in a part of the world where education frequently relates to ‘what to think’ So…

SOLVED: Super-Cheap Hydrogen Produced Without CO2 Using Oil Will Change The World

A Canadian company named Proton Technology has developed the worlds first large scale, cheap method of producing ultra-clean hydrogen from oil. “This technique can draw up huge quantities of hydrogen while leaving the carbon in the ground. When working at production level, we anticipate we will be able to use the existing infrastructure and distribution chains to produce H2 for between 10 and 50 cents per kilo. This means it potentially costs a fraction of gasoline for equivalent output” said…