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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  Everyone is not entitled to their own facts.  Alberta oil is cleaner than the oil we will import in it's place.  It's also more ethical, from a human right

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Next oil, gas leaders best hope at ending North America’s energy stalemate, experts say

By James McCarten  The Canadian Press

Posted March 21, 2021 7:38 am

 Updated March 21, 2021 7:40

North America’s polarizing pipeline battles have seen many venues — from the Prime Minister’s Office and the U.S. State Department to the windswept plains of Nebraska and Minnesota to judge’s chambers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

The irreconcilable differences are rooted in the regional nature of the energy industry in both countries, experts say, with climate-change hardliners on one side and oil-and-gas traditionalists on the other.

The solution, when it does come, will likely be not from the courtroom, but the classrooms producing the energy sector’s next corporate suite.

READ MORE: U.S. analysts brace for more oil by rail as debate continues over cross-border pipelines

“We’ve got a very smart cohort of next-generation oil and gas leaders,” said Peter Tertzakian, an energy economist, author and adjunct business professor at the University of Calgary.

“This very smart and energetic cohort is also very frustrated, if not confused, because of all of the negative stigma around the business.”

As young people with a bred-in-the-bone generational concern about climate change, they’re also very motivated to find ways to confront that challenge from inside an industry long seen as its anathema.

“They’re trying to figure out everything from how to effectively pivot their organizations into that new transitional world, and how to also change some of the narratives.”

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Kenney thanks U.S. states launching legal action against cancellation of Keystone XL

Those narratives are often deeply frustrating to people in places like Alberta and Texas, where the fossil-fuel industry has been part of daily life for most of the last 150 years.

But because pipelines, by their very nature, deliver the spoils of the Alberta oilsands to and through parts of the continent that can see little to no clear benefit, conflict is inevitable.

“You had this vast set of interest groups that lay between the resource and the market, that were basically not getting anything out of the deal,” said Andrew Leach, an energy economist who teaches at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

“There’s no, like, shut-it-down-tomorrow view of the world in all but the fringes in Alberta, whereas outside of Alberta it’s really easy to say, ‘Yeah, just don’t do that.”’

READ MORE: U.S. deep freeze boosts Canadian oil and gas producer profits and prospects

That seems to be what’s happening in Michigan, where Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has suddenly revoked a 1953 agreement that allowed Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 pipeline between Wisconsin and Sarnia, Ont., to move oil and gas underneath the Straits of Mackinac, an ecologically delicate section of the Great Lakes.

Whitmer, a close ally of Joe Biden who was on his list of potential running mates, announced the decision less than a week after he was declared the winner of last year’s presidential election.

 

Two months later, Biden famously cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline expansion, which aimed to move more than 800,000 barrels a day of Alberta oilsands bitumen to refineries on the U.S. East Coast.

Shutting down Line 5 after more than 65 years would trigger a devastating energy and economic crisis in both countries, Enbridge vice-president Vern Yu told a House of Commons committee last week.

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Canadian rig count almost back to pre-pandemic levels – Jan 25, 2021

Existing domestic lines are already at or near their peak capacity, and given public attitudes towards pipelines in Canada, it would be impossible to develop an alternative line that avoids crossing the border, he added.

“Building a brand new pipeline across Canada would be as big a challenge as keeping this existing pipeline operating — in fact, it might actually even be a bigger challenge to get unanimity from Canadians to do that,” he said.

“We’ve seen multiple occasions where we can’t as a country get behind building a pipeline. So it’s important to keep the existing ones up and running.”

Line 5 isn’t the only cross-border hotspot.

READ MORE: Experts say cancelled Keystone XL pipeline expansion won’t lessen oil dependency

In Minnesota, more than 200 people have been arrested in recent months as Indigenous protests escalate against Enbridge’s $10-billion upgrade of an existing stretch of the network, this one known as Line 3.

Protesters have been sitting in trees, shackling themselves to equipment and taking up residence inside sections of pipe, organizers say.

Then there’s Dakota Access, a 1,900-kilometre line between North Dakota and Illinois that faces a reckoning April 9. That is the court-ordered deadline for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to decide whether to shut down the pipeline and await a thorough environmental review.

The DAPL case is widely seen as a likely bellwether for the pipeline industry in the U.S., where both Vice-President Kamala Harris and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, America’s first Indigenous cabinet member, support shutting it down. andemic level

Value of Alberta oil production back to pre-pandemic level – Feb 22, 2021

“The quarrel is not with the pipeline companies, the quarrel is with the producers, and the product they produce,” Tertzakian said — a “ridiculous proposition” based on the premise that ending oil production in Canada will somehow solve the climate change problem.

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Instead, the challenge going forward is to reframe the debate to focus on which companies should be the ones meeting the demand for fossil fuels, which experts say will persist for decades to come.

“Clearly, who should supply the oil are the companies that are walking the talk in the world and making a concerted effort to reduce emissions,” he said.

“Those are the companies that should be left standing — the best players on the team.”

READ MORE: Value of Alberta’s oil production back to pre-pandemic level: economist

Even deep in the heart of Texas — an oil-and-gas state laced by 770,000 kilometres of pipeline, nearly as much in all of Canada — energy educators are beginning to see evidence of a shift.

Richard Denne, director of the TCU Energy Institute at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Tex., said what used to be a diehard Texas student body is increasingly from liberal-minded California.

“We’re starting to pivot to include much more of the renewables,” Denne said in an interview, noting that one of his geology classes, once focused primarily on petrochemicals, is evolving.

“I’m going to pivot that to be less oil and gas, and more of the other — uranium and the rare earths required for renewables and hydro and geothermal and all that kind of stuff, so that they get more of a broad brush and not just oil and gas.”

 

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Supreme Court says the federal carbon price is constitutional

Thu Mar 25, 2021 - The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says the federal carbon price is entirely constitutional.

The split decision upholds a pivotal part of the Liberal climate-change plan that accounts for at least one-third of the emissions Canada aims to cut over the next decade.

Chief Justice Richard Wagner says in the written ruling that climate change is a real and existential threat to Canada and the entire world, and evidence shows a price on pollution is a critical element to addressing it.

Wagner also says provinces can't set minimum national prices on their own and if even one province fails to reduce their emissions it could have an inordinate impact on the rest of the country.

It is a split decision with six judges entirely in favour, one partial dissent and two entirely in disagreement with the majority.

Canada implemented the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in 2019 setting a minimum price on carbon emissions in provinces which don't have an equivalent provincial price, a law that was challenged by Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta.

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Opinion: With Keystone cancelled, we must resuscitate Northern Gateway
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U.S. President Joe Biden’s Day 1 decision to cancel the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline is still being heavily litigated in the American press — and is now in the courts, with 21 states’ attorneys general filing suit. Even Democratic governors and senators like Joe Manchin are writing letters asking for a reversal of the decision due to its negative economic, environmental and strategic consequences.


For the Americans, the country’s recent loss of energy independence combined with the cancellation of KXL and the Texas blackouts highlighted the fragility of energy supply and, stunningly, has increased essential imports from Russia, and OPEC states that don’t share its democratic values.

For Canada, however, the KXL cancellation has generated a different debate. Being dependent on the whims of U.S. politics for our largest and most valuable export is a strategic vulnerability. It hinders our ability to make sovereign decisions, which hinders our ability to make progress on the economy and the environment. It is time to change that. We need to build Canadian-controlled access to global energy markets. This means building the necessary infrastructure immediately.

The Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline showed Canada that it’s possible to forge a public-private partnership on essential energy infrastructure that protects the public interest in balancing the economy and the environment. That pipeline is an important first step in giving Canadian energy companies direct access to growing Asian markets. Building the shelved Northern Gateway pipeline is the critical next step. It would offer a number of key benefits to Canadians.

 

First, it would expand Canada’s global economic reach and create thousands of jobs at a critical time for the economy. Canada thrives on supplying essential resources globally, and our growing and more efficient energy sector is now strong enough to move away from being reliant on the U.S.

As the U.S. oil industry is in free fall, Alberta has emerged as the most competitive major oil producer in the free world, hitting its all-time record oil production last quarter. Canada has more reserves than Russia, China and the U.S. combined. With our leaner and cleaner production positioned to grow another 25 per cent over the next decade, by 2030, Canada is expected to account for one-quarter of the entire free world’s oil production.

National infrastructure is a prerequisite to meeting these targets and growing our economy. When the U.S. cancels a project like KXL due to its own domestic politics, Canada cannot be seen as helpless. We have to act decisively to replace the lost capacity. Northern Gateway will add back 65 per cent of the oil that would have flowed through the KXL pipeline by 2025. It will also pivot that supply away from the U.S. to high-demand Asian markets, buttressing our sovereign economic and strategic relevance across Asia.

Second, Canada leads global energy markets with the best environmental, social and governance practices in the world, including methane regulation, water use and local stakeholder engagement — all while leading the world in decarbonizing oil production.

Since the Kyoto Accord, Alberta has reduced emissions per barrel by over 40 per cent. The average Canadian barrel is now cleaner than a barrel from California. Our recent projects are even better, and the latest study from researchers at the University of Calgary, University of Toronto and Stanford University found that, since 2018, oilsands emissions have been reduced far faster than initial models indicated, with our pace of decarbonization increasing.

Canadian barrels are getting cleaner, and this comes with cost savings that make our production leaner. This cleaner and leaner production is a double threat to state dictatorships that control 80 per cent of global reserves and place far lower value on ethical production commitments.

Third, we need to increase our ability to export our leaner and cleaner energy to Asian markets. Asia has 3.4 billion people who live in energy poverty. They need real solutions right now. With the right infrastructure, Canada can meet the needs of the emerging Asian middle class with cleaner Canadian energy solutions. Asia is the most important growth market for energy in the world and will take all of Northern Gateway’s 525,000 barrels per day the moment it is completed.

By the end of the decade, if Northern Gateway were built, Canada could be exporting five million barrels per day — 3.6 million to the U.S. and 1.4 million to Pacific tidewater. This pivot from our over-dependency on the U.S. will direct 30 per cent of our supply to key Asian markets, buttressing our commercial relevance and, with it, our soft power and diplomatic influence, particularly with China and India.

Canada can do this if we follow the model set by TMX. Following the government’s acquisition of TMX, a federal court decided that there had been insufficient Indigenous consultations and inadequate studies on how to minimize the impact of coastal tankers on marine life.

This led the government to conduct best-in-class consultations and marine studies, which in turn let the pipeline proceed. Like ports, airports and other public infrastructure, TMX showed that the government can play an essential role in funding and building essential Canadian energy infrastructure.

When TMX is completed in 2022, the government can use the assembled expertise and the proceeds from its subsequent sale to help finance Northern Gateway, and add best practices on tankers and Indigenous ownership to the original plan. This is a perfect moment to demonstrate to the world that Canada has the will and the capacity to build our own sovereign infrastructure to access markets and defend our economic and strategic interests globally.

Canada can meet Asia’s growing need for energy while leading the world in decarbonizaton, ethical production and environmental regulation. Building Asia-facing infrastructure is key to economic growth, jobs and our strategic relevance in that part of the world. Canada can do more in the world, and the world needs more of what we have to offer. Following TMX with Northern Gateway is an opportunity worth pursuing.

National Post

David Knight Legg is chairman of the ESG Working Group of the Province of Alberta and CEO of Invest Alberta Corporation. Adam Waterous is founder and managing partner of Waterous Energy Fund, a deep value, special situations investor in established North American oil and gas assets. 

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Inter Pipeline lands $408 million grant for Heartland Petrochemical Complex
By Staff  The Canadian Press
Posted April 5, 2021 10:34 am
Inter Pipeline's Heartland Petrochemical Complex is shown under construction in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Inter Pipeline Ltd. is reducing its dividend by more than 70 per cent and suspending its dividend reinvestment plan as it deals with the drop in energy prices and the COVID-19 pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
Inter Pipeline's Heartland Petrochemical Complex is shown under construction in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Inter Pipeline Ltd. is reducing its dividend by more than 70 per cent and suspending its dividend reinvestment plan as it deals with the drop in energy prices and the COVID-19 pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson. The Canadian Press
Inter Pipeline says it will receive $408 million in cash grants for its Heartland Petrochemical Complex under an incentive program by the current Alberta government but will have to give up $200 million in royalty credits granted by the previous government.

In a news release, the Calgary-based company says its $4-billion integrated propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene production facility being built northeast of Edmonton will be the first recipient of the grant announced in October by the United Conservative Party government.

READ MORE: Inter Pipeline hopes to find petrochemical partner in first half of 2021

The same project, designed to transform abundant Alberta propane into plastic beads to be exported to manufacturers, received $200 million in royalty credits in 2016 under the previous NDP government’s incentive program.

The cash grant is to be paid to Inter Pipeline in equal instalments over three years once the complex is operational, expected in early 2022. The grants are to cover up to 12 per cent of eligible capital costs.


Inter Pipeline is continuing to fend off a hostile takeover bid by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP that values the company at $7.1 billion.

 

Brookfield is offering $16.50 per share in cash or 0.206 of a Brookfield Infrastructure Corp. class A exchangeable share, with the maximum cash available set at $4.9 billion. The offer is set to expire on June 7.

“The… grant recognizes the significant contribution HPC has and will continue to make to the Alberta economy,” said Inter CEO Christian Bayle in a news release.

“HPC’s construction has created thousands of well-paid technical, manufacturing and construction jobs over its multi-year build and has been a symbol of hope during difficult economic times for the province. In total, we expect that roughly $3 billion or three quarters of the project construction spend will be invested directly into materials and services provided by Alberta businesses.”

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I'm certainly no financial guru but I'd be interested in hearing from one.

It seems to me that we had better get started paying for things. The GST,  income tax, carbon tax and every other tax need to go up. 

TFSA's need to be eliminated or reduced, the tax exemption on primary residences needs to be revoked, lottery winnings, and inheritances need to be taxed; and the sooner the better.

In addition I would want to see it become illegal to run a deficit in other than emergency conditions. Any new spending needs to be accounted for and costed prior to implementation and taxes adjusted accordingly.  

Time to pay up IMO and I don't think liberals will like it..... too bad, get er done. 

Normally, fiscal conservatives wouldn't be calling for tax increases, largely because it's a horrid idea. But horrid stupidity has gotten us here and maybe it's time to fix it. If you want it you need to pay for it. Good Lord, isn't this why we give children an allowance?

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1 hour ago, Wolfhunter said:

Time to pay up IMO and I don't think liberals will like it..... too bad, get er done. 

 

I’d add to this, anyone who has received CERB should be forced to complete a local government project if you are of working age. Things like picking up garbage along roads, volunteering at food banks, homeless shelters, animal shelters etc etc etc. If you don’t want to do this that’s fine, you just don’t get the money. X amount of hours over a 5 year period and the slate is wiped clean. If not repaid it becomes a personal debt repaid on your annual income tax. 

We are teaching too many people that money is not earned and that government money is free. 

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First Nations proposing new energy corridor in Western Canada
Chiefs from Alberta, Saskatchewan, B.C. and NWT are discussing the project
Kyle Bakx, Geneviève Normand · CBC News · Posted: Apr 12, 2021 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 7 hours ago

The Treaty 8 flag hangs in a community centre in Fort Chipewyan, Alta. First Nations leaders are developing a corridor that could be used to transport commodities and other materials. (Geneviève Normand/Radio-Canada)
First Nations leaders in Western Canada are proposing a corridor for transporting commodities from the region and — possibly — to the West Coast.

The goal is to establish a route for pipelines or rail lines to ship oil and other materials.

Treaty 8 leaders, who represent 40 First Nations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, are already having talks with provincial and federal government ministers about the proposal.

At this time, the route is still under discussion, but access to the West Coast is a priority so commodities can be exported. That would require working with coastal communities outside of Treaty 8.

"It would go west. That's what we're working on. It's in the discussion phase, but it's gaining momentum with the chiefs," said Arthur Noskey, Grand Chief of Treaty 8 First Nations.

"At the end of the day, when this is approved, there will be pipeline access. There will be railroad access if need be. The First Nations will benefit from it, that I can say."
For much of the past decade, attempts to build new pipelines from Alberta to the coast have either failed or faced delays.

For instance, Enbridge's Northern Gateway project was shelved and Kinder Morgan sold the Trans Mountain expansion to the federal government, in part because of Indigenous opposition.

The Coastal GasLink project created national attention last summer after several Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposed the pipeline's route through disputed land. Despite several disruptions, construction continues on the project.

The proposed passageway would avoid such conflict, say leaders.

"When this agreement is in place, there won't be any First Nations protesting or blocking. That would be the social licence that the chiefs will have to work on and achieve," said Noskey.

"The reason why investors basically are shy about investing in Canada is because of the Wet'suwet'en and the process that escalated into. So we're trying to reassure the investors that, yes, you can still invest in Treaty 8 territory." 


Treaty 8 territory includes parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. (CBC News Graphics)
Leaders say they would require the highest environmental protection for their land, while also ensuring a benefit to all people belonging to Treaty 8.

"It's definitely a work in progress, but we have unity. We have unity right now within the Treaty 8 governments," said Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom of the Woodland Cree First Nation, in northern Alberta.

"There's a need to get the economy stimulated again. People want to get back to work."


Treaty 8 leaders want a passageway that could be used for electricity transmission lines or for transporting oil, among other uses. (Kyle Bakx/CBC)
A few years ago, some First Nations supported building four pipelines from Fort McMurray to the West Coast, but the Eagle Spirit project was cancelled after the federal government passed Bill C-48, which banned oil tankers from docking along B.C.'s north coast.

In the last federal election, the Conservatives proposed a national energy corridor across the country.

The Treaty 8 leaders say their corridor could provide access for a number of different projects, such as electricity transmission lines and fibre optic cables.
"Our government remains fully committed to responsible economic development in partnership with Indigenous peoples. Good projects can only be built in a good way, and with meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities," said Ian Cameron, spokesperson for federal minister of natural resources, Seamus O'Regan.

Next steps include establishing a corporate structure and naming a CEO in order for the corridor to move from being an idea to an actual project. 

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Still waiting for the anti energy government to make a stand and shutdown BCs coal mining and the downstream CO2 emmisions.....where is our energy minister..I forgot....he’s from BC.

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But what the two provinces don’t share is their policies on coal mining.

While Alberta is a coal-rich province (nearly half of the province sits atop coal deposits), B.C. produces some ten times the volume of metallurgical coal — much of it from massive mountaintop-removal coal mines in the Rockies — and is one of the world’s largest exporters of the so-called black gold. Coal is B.C.’s most valuable mined commodity.

So when Albertans of all political stripes reacted with outrage to the United Conservative Party government’s plan to open up much of the eastern slopes to open-pit coal mining, coal mining in B.C.’s Rocky Mountains carried on, business-as-usual, just across the border.

 

Where are the environmentalists and anti energy groups protests and demonstrations? If they call it dirty oil, surely coal must be held to a dirtier standard.

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Still waiting...

I know the feeling.

I'm still waiting to hear what people and/or governments want to cut in order to hit the accord target. In other words, what are you willing to give up?

Until we reconcile the yearly overage (about 80 mts and rising) with a reasonable plan to cut emissions by the same amount, how is it possible to plan anything? IMO, this is why you only hear vague babble-speak about existential emergencies, government commitment to accord targets, everyone working together and partnering with industry, etc etc. EVEN I CAN DO THAT. Where's the meat?

If your diet plan consistently sees you weigh more than you did the previous year it might be time for a new plan. Heres a fun fact in headline form.... might be time for a new belt eh?

Canada emitted one million tonne more greenhouse gases in 2019 than 2018

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Alta., Ont., Sask. and N.B. signing agreement to explore small nuclear reactors

Small modular nuclear reactors are cheaper, more compact than traditional units

CBC · Posted: Apr 14, 2021 9:11 AM MT | Last Updated: 22 minutes ago
 
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An illustration shows a NuScale Power Module on a truck. NuScale is a small modular reactor company. Alberta joined Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick in signing a memorandum of understanding Wednesday related to exploring the feasibility of small-scale nuclear technology. (NuScale Power)

Alberta is to join three other provinces to explore the feasibility of small modular nuclear reactors as a clean energy option.

Premier Jason Kenney will join Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs in signing a memorandum of understanding today related to exploring the feasibility of small-scale nuclear technology.

 

The virtual signing ceremony for the agreement is set to take place Wednesday at 10 a.m. MT.

In 2019, Ford, Moe and Higgs committed to collaborate on developing small modular reactor technology. The Alberta government announced in August that it would enter into the existing agreement. 

Alberta hopes to diversify energy sector

At the time, Kenney said signing on to the memorandum of understanding would help diversify Alberta's energy sector and keep the province at the forefront of any future advancements in the technology. 

Kenney said the province hopes the nuclear technology will allow the government to provide power to remote communities, diversify the economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Alberta says small modular reactors could supply non-emitting, low-cost energy for remote areas in the province as well as industries that need steam such as the oilsands.

The units are smaller than traditional nuclear reactors with lower upfront capital costs. 

Traditional nuclear reactors used in Canada can typically generate about 800 megawatts of electricity, or about enough to power 600,000 homes at once (assuming one megawatt can power about 750 homes).

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN organization for nuclear co-operation, considers a nuclear reactor to be small if it generates under 300 megawatts. 

The technology is also small enough that modules can be transported on a truck, ship or train, and has been touted by the federal government as safer than traditional nuclear reactors.

With files from the Canadian Press

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