Think Oil is Going Away? The 10 Biggest Oil & Gas Discovery of 2018

Below are the biggest conventional oil discoveries of 2018 grouped by the country they were found in.  As you can see, these top 10 countries alone found more than 6 Billion of Barrels of Oil Equivalent. Those that want to “keep it in the ground” are just not realizing that oil is a global commodity.  As large as Canada and the US are at producing it, if we don’t others will.  That means blocking pipeline like the Northern Gateway, Energy…

Trans Mountain Image Gallery – From 1950 to 2019

This gallery of images has been collected from old reports, news items and published content from various governments covering the history of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Expansion from 1950 to 2019. You may also be interested in our Complete Trans Mountain Pipeline and Expansion Timeline from 1947 to 2021. Mouse over any graphic for a description or click any image to enlarge it  

Complete Trans Mountain Pipeline and Expansion Timeline from 1947 to 2021

We spent many hours pouring over old records, press releases and news articles to generate this complete time line of all things Trans Mountain. Many of the entries are linked to specific websites as references.  Entries without link were mostly taken from THIS file sourced from the now defunct BCWaters.org site. We also have picture gallery of both old and new Trans Mountain images HERE. 1947 Feb Oil discovered near Leduc (near Edmonton) Alberta 1951 Mar Trans Mountain Pipeline Company Company…

Alberta Is Cutting As Much Oil Denmark Produces

As you have no doubt heard, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has forced oil production cuts starting at 350,000 barrels per day in January 2019 and hopes to reduce those cuts to 95,000 barrels per day by the end of 2019.  We wanted to know how much oil is that so we worked did the calculations. If a country produced as much as Alberta is cutting they would be in the top 40 oil producing nations. We estimate that Alberta will…

How Much Alberta Oil Will Not Be Produced in 2019 as a Result of the Over Supply and Mandatory Curtailment

Most pundits say that by the end of 2019 the market would clear itself but the Alberta Government wants to clear the over supply and reduce the current massive oil inventories from about 35M barrels to somewhere near it norm of 20M barrels. So in an ideal world, both the 190,000 barrels per day that is being added to current inventory AND 15M extra barrels of oil in storage would all be gone by December 2019.  If we drop 1.25M…

Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the Alberta Oil Production Cuts

There is a fair amount of misinformation floating around the oil sector about the oil production cuts that Premier Rachel Notley announced on Dec 2nd 2018.  Here are the facts in a simple FAQ format: 1 – Where did the number 325,000 barrels per day come from? Alberta estimates that there is about 35 million barrels in storage in December 2018 and that we are adding 190,000 barrels to that every day so they calculated that cutting 325,000 barrels per…

How Canada’s Right Wing Provincial Parties Turned Left

How many times can politician cry wolf before the electorate stand up and say, that is not “our way”: Conservatives believe in small government and limited regulation Liberals believe in larger government and substantial regulation or at least they used to: Alberta: United Conservative Party (UCP) Leader Jason Kenny is calling for the Provincial Government to actually step into the private sector and demand oil production cuts.  The “right” would say the solution is to increase the royalty rates temporarily…

Sales Numbers Of The 6 Cars General Motors Is Cancelling In 2019 Tells You Why They Are Cancelled

Below is a list of the of the six cars GM is dropping from production in 2019. All of these products make up just 8% of General Motors’ US sales and if you exclude the Cruze, that number falls to just 3.5%.  If you exclude the Cruze and the Impala, the remaining 4 cancelled cars only provide GM with 1.7% of sales. There is a reason the stock market bounced GM up on this news.  Do the math, GM is…

What Can Be Done About the Oshawa General Motors Plant Closing

At first emotional pass it appears that there is little to be done about GM’s announcement they are closing the Oshawa Ontario factory, but there are options and there is work to yet to be done.  Here is the list of thing that should be considered and quickly: 1 – Keep Some GM Product in Oshawa: The best case scenario is that GM can be persuaded to continue producing some product in Oshawa.  While this is unlikely, it is possible.…

VIDEO: Canadian Oil Profits & Losses Explained 2017 2018 – Not A Love Story

This short video shows that the price of oil you see on TV is far from what Canadian Oil Producers receive. As a basis for comparison we used Western Canadian Select (aka W.C.S.) which is a blend of several oils that is about 20% lower quality than the North American Standard oil West Texas Intermediate (aka. W.T.I.).  If you want more information on what the different types of oil are and what they are worth, see our article: Oil isn’t Oil:…

5 Ways to Fix The Olympics: What Can Be Learned From Calgary Voting Down the 2026 Olympic Winter Games

In recent years the Olympics has had more and more citizens reject the hosting of the event in their city.  When Calgary declined this week, it marked the first time in history that a former host city had citizens vote down a new bid. These are troubling times for the Olympic ‘Movement’: bid rigging scandals You really need to skim through THIS giant list of Olympic scandals to feel the baked in scale of Olympic corruption cost overruns on a…

Oil isn’t Oil: What Are The Different Types of Crude Oil?

When we watch the TV or read the newspaper we often see something like “OIL IS UP TODAY” but we really don’t know what that means because there are so many different types of crude oil, each with its own price. Below we briefly explore the 6 oil products that are common to Canadians and Americans and at the bottom of this article we show 60 crude oil types and their prices from around the globe.   You can see that…

Revised Calgary 2026 Olympic Bid Math is Fiction

On Wednesday October 31st, The City of Calgary shaved less than 4% off the proposed Calgary 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid math by claiming saving in security and venue changes.  While this is an improvement, the numbers just don’t add up because: Many of the numbers presented are in 2026 dollars but there is an ugly force called inflation that changes the values.  Put simply 2026 dollars are worth much less than 2018 dollars, so you need more of them.…

VIDEO: Prius or Pickup – The Psychology of Deep Political Division in 2 Minutes

This short clip from the author of “Prius or Pickup?” Jonathan Weiler, explains that political parties on the left and the right have stopped defining themselves by the size of government and instead focused in emotional responses to identity politics. The discussion uses the US system of Democrat vs Republican but it applies to nearly all parties globally.  Political parties now energize there voters by vilifying the other side based on their identity: immigrant vs multi-generation citizen rural vs urban…

Canada is Failing its Citizens and Needs Constitutional Reform To Fix It

Today the former leader of the Alberta Wild Rose party Brian Jean published an op-ed in the Edmonton Journal explaining his view that Canadian courts have now seized too much power: Something is fundamentally wrong. Our courts, motivated by virtue-signalling and triggered by legal actions funded by foreign interests, routinely override the explicit wishes of our legislatures and have now claimed the powers to overrule the executive decision-making powers of cabinet. Mr. Jean does not point out that the courts are one…

Who Pays The Bill For The Calgary 2026 Winter Olympic Games?

UPDATE Nov 4 2018 – See our take on the new “lower” cost 2026 Calgary Olympics: Revised Calgary 2026 Olympic Bid Math is Fiction We answer the question of who pays the bill for the Calgary 2026 Winter Olympic Games by using two sets of official numbers and one set of very logical estimates. It is important to note that because there are so many unknowns including hundreds of millions of dollars in so called “soft-costs” (off-ramps, pre-bid expenses, unaccounted security,…