5 Myths About Carbon Taxes, On Both Sides of the Issue

If you live in Alberta, BC, Ontario… ok… Canada, or the US or UK or Australia… ok… if you live on planet earth, you have heard about Carbon Taxes.  Those that are for them claim they will cure all environmental ills and those against claim they are just another government tax grab. We dug into the facts and came up with 5 Myths about Carbon Taxes we thought you would find interesting: MYTH 1 – Carbon Taxes Don’t Change Behaviour…

Don’t Compare Oshawa GM to Alberta Pipelines

Three days ago Linda Mcquaig wrote an article in the Toronto Star saying: Trudeau should consider buying GM and making electric cars …Yet, oddly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed no such careful consideration when he promptly jumped in with 4.5 billion taxpayer dollars to purchase the leaky, 65-year-old Trans Mountain pipeline last spring, declaring it “in the national interest” to ensure the pipeline’s expansion after the corporate owner threatened to back out of the project. And taxpayers could be on…

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…

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:…

Alberta Premier Notley Explains How The Trans Mountain Pipeline Is Good For The Environment – FULL COFFEE SHOPS & UNICORNS SPEECH

We have two versions (full and highlights) of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s speech to the Alberta Teachers Association conference in Edmonton in which she explains that the Trans Mountain Pipeline will not cause increased carbon emissions because: The demand for oil will increase through 2045 and that demand will be met by the environmentally disastrous Russia’s, Nigerian’s or Venezuelan’s if Canada does not produce it Unlike nearly every other oil producing jurisdiction on the globe, Alberta has set carbon emissions limits…

VIDEO: What Can & What Can Not Be Done About The Trans Mountain Pipeline Court Decision?

The recent Federal Court decision holding up the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project makes for great political debate and emotional exaggeration but is not nearly as onerous as many people are make out.  Put simply the decision said just two things: Consultation that has already been COMPLETED needs to respond to concerns, not just acknowledge them There needs to be a short study of the impacts of Tanker traffic in the Vancouver area Neither of these are hugely difficult or…

Has The Price of University Tuition Really Gone Up? A Comparison From 1990 to 2018

We are trying answer two simple questions: How much does a student need to work to pay their Canadian University tuition? Is it harder today to pay for tuition than is was in the past? How Are Canadian Universities Funded? Over the years various Canadian Governments and donations (Corporate and personal) pay between 75% to 90% (round numbers) of the University costs leaving students to pay between 10% to 25% of the costs in tuition. What is the Average Price…

What Major Pipelines Were Built In Canada in the Last Decade of Conservative Rule

There are many who claim that in the last decade of Conservative rule in under Federal Prime Minister Harper and Alberta Premiers Stelmach, Redford and Prentice precious little was done for Alberta’s pipelines.  On the other hand, earlier this year UCP Leader Jason Kenney said that it was completely wrong to say that pipelines had not been built under that Conservative leadership.  (Note that we cannot locate the exact quote so if you can find it, please send it to us so we can correctly detail the verbiage used). The…

How Much Oil Does Canada Import & Other Oil Statistics

Canada imports about 1 BILLION barrels of oil per year, nearly all into Quebec and Ontario in-spite of the fact that it exports 3.1 Billion barrels of oil per year. These are the specific numbers taken directly from the Canadian Federal Government from 2016: Canadian production: 3.9 MMb/d Imports: 0.9 MMb/d Exports: 3.1 MMb/d Below are some other statistics you might also find interesting: Canada Has the Third Largest Proven Reserves on the Globe: World proved reserves – 1,646 billion barrels…

How Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau May Use Kinder Morgan To Bring Back Energy East Pipeline

Much has been said about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and while the Trudeau Government has made it clear they do not want to own it for very long, there are rumblings that they will use this as a management tool to develop or support the much needed Energy East Pipeline. In the last few months the debate over such an advanced economy as Canada exporting raw materials and importing finished goods based on those raw materials has become…

8 Things The Canadian Federal Government Can Do To Force the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

The current impasse on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion have many pundits, politicians and citizens taking entrenched positions insinuating that this issue has an easy fix the Trudeau Federal Liberal Government is not willing to pursue. We list eight options for the Federal Government below, but as a primer, watch this video in which CBC’s Peter Armstrong asks five knowledgeable people over 4 interviews, “What specifically can the Canadian Federal Government do to force the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion? …

What Is Induced Seismicity in Oil & Gas Exploration & What Can Be Done About It?

What is Induced Seismicity? Induced Seismicity is just another way to say ‘man made earthquakes’ and are sometimes referred to “induced earthquakes”.  Induced Seismicity can be caused by many things humans do including: damming rivers for hydro power build a vast water weight behind the dam which was not their previously having old mine shafts collapse draining of underground water reservoirs tunneling / boring for transit systems but the focus of this article is Induced Seismicity caused by oil and…

How Big Are the Oil Tankers Heading to BC To Take Oil From Trans Mountain Pipeline?

The oil tankers to be used near the Port of Vancouver to transport oil from the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, are definitely large.  However, some groups are claiming that are massive super tankers the we need to be terrified of. Aframax tankers is what will be used and they are the second smallest tankers on the grid.  Make no mistake, these are big but they are not the super tankers you see on TV.These Aframax oil tankers will be subject…

Are Oil Tanker Spills Getting Worse? Spill Statistics From 1970 to 2017

You can draw your own conclusions from the charts below but it is not debatable that Oil Tankers used to get into a lot of serious accidents and spill a huge amount of oil.  That is just not the case today. As you can see in the chart below, the oil tanker business has become dramatically safer in the last 35 years since tanker traffic became popular in the early 1970’s: The 2017 the tanker oil spill numbers look very…