LIVE STREAM: Alberta “Fair Deal Panel” Airdrie Town Hall

We will be live streaming the Alberta “Fair Deal Panel” Airdrie Town Hall on January 16th at 6:30pm, on this page.   Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement on Febuary 16th 2020: “I am shocked at the terribly sad news of the untimely death of my friend Jason Goodstriker. Jason was a proud member of the Kainai band of the Blackfoot people. He served as band councillor, and was elected as Alberta Regional Chief for the Assembly of First…

A Tale of Two Industries: Oil vs Automotive Sectors

Much is made of the auto sector in both the US and Canada.  It is thought of as the manufacturing heart of both countries and is fundamental to the ongoing success of the economy.  On the flip side of that, the oil and gas energy industry is socially and politically considered far less important. The energy industry is seen almost as a utility; something that is always there and does not require much attention whereas the auto industry is perceived…

VIDEO: The Environmental Case to Canadian & American Energy

To someone living in the US or Canada, it probably appears that the whole world wants to shut down the oil and gas energy industry, but a slightly closer look shows nothing is further from the truth.  Western energy is correctly considered the both the saviour of the third world and the environment. Rex Murphy recently interviewed Modern Resources CEO Chris Slubicki in a deep dive into the how oil and gas from the western world, specifically, Canada, the US…

The Uh-Oh Moment: The Psychology Of How Being Late To the Race Helps Micheal Bloomberg

Did you know that there is a hard pattern to the amount of effort put into projects and that this pattern can be seen in every from life, to sports, to meetings?  That pattern is a “U”.  When people are assigned a task they quickly meet and start thinking about the task at hand but then effort slumps until half way through the allotted time when effort substantially increases. In 1988 Connie Gersick from UCLA (now at Yale) wrote a…

The Numbers You Didn’t Expect: Canadian Provincial Transfer Payments Per Province Per Person

Canada is a group of diverse territories held together with a brilliant formula that effectively transfers money from wealthy Provinces to poor Provinces, or so the story goes.  The official name is ‘Equalization Payments’ and they are a core building block of Canadian confederation. For the first 75 years of Canada’s existence the money was transferred largely at the whim of the Federal Government but in 1957 a formal equalization formula was agreed upon. Unfortunately, the formula that is used…

The Cure For Canadian Pipelines: Ask Your Doctor If Ovintiv Is Right For You

Today one of linchpins of Canadian energy, EnCana, announced it is changing its name, has a new logo and is moving its ‘domicile’ (legal/trading head office) to the United States. Of course, they claim that there will be no job losses in Canada but that is clearly not the way the real world works.  Former employees of Nova, Nexen and Devon can tell you first hand the effect corporate mergers, acquisitions and relocations actually have on staff. Several analysts are…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

2019 Crude Oil By Rail Stretches From Edmonton Past Vancouver 300 Kilometers Into the Pacific Ocean

The numbers of oil tanker rail cars being shipped in 2019 and projected for 2020 and beyond are truly staggering.  That got us to thinking about how long a train would they make and the results were quite interesting. If all the rail cars carrying crude oil just in 2019, largely from Western Canada, were connected in a single train they would be over 1400 kilometers.  That is 50% longer than the distance from Calgary to Vancouver: a crude oil…

VIDEO: Ontario & Saskatchewan Agreed In Court That Carbon Taxes Are Both Effective & The Lowest Cost Method of Reducing Greenhouse Gases

It is oft said by those who disapprove of carbon taxes that: Carbon taxes are ineffective Carbon taxes target the wrong people The Canadian Federal Government does not have right to impose a carbon tax All three of these statements are demonstrably incorrect. University of Ottawa Professor of Law and Economics, Stewart Elgie, explains that the dissenting judges in the Saskatchewan and Ontario carbon tax cases are not disagreeing with the principle that the Federal Government has the right to…

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Timeline of 2019 Events

UPDATE: November 24, 2019 TMX announces that at the end of September 2019, there were 2200 constructions workers hired and that number was expected to grow to 3000 by the end of the year. UPDATED: July 21 2019 Since the start of the 2019, there have been many important events in the Trans Mountain Pipeline saga and it is easy to get lost.  To clarify the issues we have appended the following entries to our master list “Complete Trans Mountain…

Jason Kenny’s UCP Alberta Cabinet By The Numbers

We reviewed Jason Kenny’s selections for his first UCP Cabinet and came up with some interesting statistics: 3 or 15% – The number and percentage of previously elected Progressive Conservatives (PC) that are now Cabinet Ministers . 2 or 10% – The number and percentage of previously elected Wildrose party members that are now Cabinet Ministers . 7 or 35% – The number and percentage of women in the 2019 Alberta Cabinet . 7 or 50% – The number and…

If The Alberta NDP Are Not ‘Crazy Lefties’, Why Are They Not Still In Power?

This op-ed piece is taking a short departure from our mandate of shedding light on facts and avoiding opinion.   After the election, we had discussions thoughtful, educated people referring to the NDP as “crazy lefties”, “nutty greenies” and “anti-pipeline activists” all of which we think is inaccurate. Keep in mind that we are concerning ourselves with the Alberta NDP Party and not individuals.  We believe there are two primary reasons the Alberta NDP Party is not “crazy left”, “nutty green”…