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"Reliable electricity — provided by fossil fuels and nuclear power, which the same people who oppose fossil fuels typically campaign against as well — is the reason we can create and preserve vaccines, manufacture and transport surgical masks, respirators, surgical gloves, syringes, MRIs, CT scans and computers to where they are needed, and mass produce pharmaceuticals"

For anyone who has ever advocated ending “the age of oil” — and for that matter ending the age of fossil fuels — you should be happy now.

You’re getting exactly what you wanted.

Because COVID-19 is giving us a bird’s-eye view of what the world would be like without them.

Industrial greenhouse gas emissions are plummeting as industries, fuelled by fossil fuels, are shutting down and laying off workers — a prelude to a looming recession.

The airline and tourism industries — major contributors to global emissions — are being eviscerated.

Canada’s oil sector, which has been hit by the double whammy of COVID-19 and collapsing oil prices due to a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, is on its knees.

For the most radical elements within the “green movement,” who are forever proclaiming their love of “humanity” while advocating policies that would harm and kill people, COVID-19, fits their agenda as well.

Except that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity killer, as apt to strike down those who believe the world needs fewer of us to save humanity — except for themselves — as anyone else.

As for those who advocate shutting down Alberta’s oilsands while cavalierly telling the people who depend on it for their livelihood to “learn to cope,” how does it feel when we’re all Albertans now?

Call it an example of being careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.



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It seems we are on track for meeting Paris Accord targets now, all we need to do is maintain the status quo.

We could put the Paris Accord to a plebiscite and behold the triumph of reality over agenda.... and in the process, speak its name no more.

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1 hour ago, Wolfhunter said:

They seem to enjoy throwing used ones all over the parking lot too.

There are some pretty disgusting humans on this planet.

Yesterday, while out for my first bike ride of the year, I stopped in to a Tim’s drive through to grab a coffee. I went to an unused picnic table to soak up some sun. Behind me was an elderly gentleman picking up garbage in the Tim’s lot . Eventually a conversation ensued ( at a safe distance of course). 

He said he and his wife live in the area and were upset at people discarding USED plastic GLOVES and MASKS out their car windows in the Tim’s lot.

So they made a deal with the owners to clean up the lot in return for 10 cans of Hot Chocolate milk mix for the local food bank.

There still are some people of conscience and common sense left. Let’s hope it becomes infectious.

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“ We must support our truck drivers

In these challenging times, we all count our blessings. We place a greater emphasis on our health, our families and our security. We are grateful for the basics of food, shelter and essential health supplies.

That’s why each and every one of us owes a big thank you to Ontario’s truck drivers. Whether delivering food, medicine, fuel or other essential supplies, the trucking industry plays a vital role in our economy and in the well-being of the people of Ontario. As Minister of Transportation, and as a mom, wife and daughter, I would like to thank commercial carriers and truck drivers for everything that they’ve done over the past few weeks to keep goods moving during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have needed you and you’ve been there.

Just as they are supporting us, we must do everything we can to support them.

As a government, we are providing more safe places for truck drivers to stop and rest across the province by opening 37 additional seasonal rest stops early and providing parking at 32 Truck Inspection Stations. We are also keeping all 23 ONroute travel plazas open for takeout, grab-and-go, and drive-through services and washrooms with enhanced cleaning.

Sadly, I am hearing too many stories from drivers who say they are being turned away from private businesses just because they are truckers. I know that people are motivated by protecting themselves, their workers and their families. But we would all be experiencing far worse if not for our trucking community. I spoke to a truck driver recently who has experienced this unacceptable treatment and she said that she has considered stepping away from the trucking industry during this time. None of us can afford for that to happen.

I n the meantime, our government is taking some additional steps to support the trucking industry and ensure that they can continue to provide all of us with the supplies we need during this challenging time.

We have extended the validation period of driver’s licences, Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration certificates and other products that expired on or after March 1, 2020. This gives drivers one less thing to worry about so that they can keep goods moving. We are helping keep grocery and pharmacy shelves stocked by allowing the 24-hour delivery of goods without the restrictions of municipal noise by-laws.

Our government is doing our part to support the industry and help keep goods moving — but we also need Ontarians to step up and do theirs. We are calling on business owners to support truck drivers when they are stopping to rest, get gas or use washrooms. Please help make sure drivers have access to the services and facilities they need so they can keep doing their jobs safely.”


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Why all the macroprudes failed on COVID-19

Global policy-makers shoved pandemic risk aside and spread climate alarm instead

“ As the world sinks into lockdown and decline, one wonders why the whole macroprudential policy preparations, underway since the 2008 financial crisis and formally installed in 2016, so obviously failed to prepare for the financial stability shakeup brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic?

There are two explanations. One is that the whole financial stability-macroprudential effort is an international bureaucratic collection of agencies dedicated to the pursuit of meaningless bureaucratic interventions.

The second explanation is that the macroprudential apparatus, from the IMF through to the FSB and down, was hijacked by activists pushing climate change as the dominant systemic risk of our time.”



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The reason is Alberta is failing is because who wants to buy sludge when you can binge on light sweet crude?  Even the Americans are spurning their own product to suck up the cheaper Saudi sweet oil.  Has nothing to do with Ottawa.


Saudi Arabian oil exports to the U.S. more than doubled from February to March as oil prices crashed and American shale producers reeled over demand destruction from the coronavirus pandemic, data from analytics firm TankerTrackers.com shows. 

Saudi crude shipments to American ports went from an average of 366,000 barrels per day (bpd) in February to 829,540 bpd in March — a multiple of 2.27. For the last month, that means Saudi Arabia shipped around 25 million barrels of crude to the U.S., a level not seen since December 2018.

And data from TankerTrackers.com shows that figure is on track to be surpassed in April. Satellite tracking of VLCCs, the vessels that transport crude, tracked a whopping 1.46 million barrels per day of Saudi oil shipped to the U.S. in the first two weeks of April alone — four times February’s daily volume and the highest since 2014. The majority of tankers went to the Gulf Coast, with a smaller proportion going to Californian ports.

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12 minutes ago, deicer said:

Why are we paying for the irresponsibility of the oil industry?  Albertans complain that Ottawa isn't doing enough, yet why do they allow the oil companies to rape them and walk away?



Do not take this as a defense of the oil industry, or the individual companies, but the government and the "People" are somewhat complicit in that they benefit from the royalties paid for the access to the resource in the first place.  Yes, I know the counter-arguments so you can save yourself the energy from having to type them out for me.

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I rest in warmth here in Alberta knowing that all of those who told us to stuff our oil are taking the high road by shutting off all energy fueled by oil and removing all items produced from oil in solidarity with others in the "special weather alert" region of Ontario.   No you say????? ?

Barrie - Orillia - Midland    
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Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand    
Grey - Bruce    
Halton - Peel    
Huron - Perth    
Kingston - Prince Edward    
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Seems that some in the east do want our oil.


Irving gets approval for new route

  • Calgary Herald
  • 5 May 2020
  • GEOFFREY MORGAN in Calgary

After failing to secure Western Canadian oil via the scrapped Energy East pipeline back in 2017, Irving Oil Ltd. has finally been able to get federal approval for a new route to connect the oilsands to its refinery on the East Coast.

But this time it will circumvent provincial and environmental opposition faced during efforts to build that pipeline, as the oil will be shipped on foreign tankers from British Columbia to its refinery in Saint John, N.B., via the Panama Canal.

Irving spokeswoman Candice Maclean told the National Post that the company had received approval from the federal government to “sourcing additional Canadian crude for our refining operations.”

“From Western Canada to offshore Newfoundland, we’re expanding our reach as we continue to pursue solutions that help create energy security for our country,” she said in an email.

Irving had filed an application to the Canadian Transportation Agency on April 16, requesting permission to use the roundabout route “on an urgent basis.”

The company was already in discussions “for prompt acquisition” of Canadian oil “for immediate delivery to its refinery through the Panama Canal,” via medium-sized crude tankers known as Aframax.

“It is critical to our customers, to our business, and to energy security throughout Atlantic Canada that we are able to use foreign crude oil tankers to access Western Canadian crude oil on an urgent basis and going forward for one year to allow for effective and flexible supply chain planning and to strengthen the link between Canadian oil producers and our refinery in this challenging and uncertain time,” Irving chief refining and supply officer Kevin Scott wrote in the application.

Irving Oil was an early backer of the $15.7-billion Energy East project that was proposed by Transcanada Corp. in 2014 to connect oilsands to the East Coast.

Irving had committed to build a $300-million terminal at its Canaport facility in Saint John to take shipments from the proposed pipeline. But Transcanada — now known as TC Energy Corp. — shelved the project in 2017 amid opposition from Quebec and Ontario governments and entrenched opposition from some environmental groups and local communities.

Irving’s new solution to access the oil will purportedly see Western Canadian oil travel 6,300 nautical miles, or 11,771 kilometres, according to Sea-distances. org, more than twice the length of the abandoned 4,600-kilometre Energy East pipeline.

Irving Oil is also looking to source Canadian oil delivered through ports in Texas and Louisiana.

“Further, Canadian oil is also available from Canadian crude producers at Gulf Coast terminals in the United States,” Scott wrote in the application. “To maintain flexibility with crude suppliers, Irving Oil needs to have the option to acquire Canadian oil both in British Columbia and the Gulf Coast.”

Some analysts believe the West Coast and the U.S. Gulf Coast could become a longer-term option for Irving, which has the ability to process a large variety of light and heavy crudes at its Saint John refinery, Canada’s largest oil refinery with a capacity to process 320,000 barrels per day.

Irving’s circuitous route is seen as a novel way to get around regulatory logjams in Canada that have stalled a number of pipelines.

“We never looked at this pathway,” said Dinara Millington, vice-president research at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, who has studied the subject extensively.

Millington said the federally owned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and TC Energy-backed Keystone XL projects will boost Canadian oil shipments to both B.C. and the Gulf Coast, “so if Irving can secure those ships for longer-term, yeah, it just has to be economic at the refinery gate.”

Pricing dynamics between heavy oil benchmark Western Canadian Select, West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude oil benchmarks could also lead Irving to source more WCS over the long term. The WCS benchmark was up 7 per cent to US$15.06 per barrel in midday trading Monday, trading at nearly a US$5 discount to WTI.

“You’d always have heavy sour crudes at a discount to WTI or Brent, so that in itself might make an economic case for Irving,” Millington said.

Irving would not say directly whether the move to bring Western Canadian oil to the East Coast from the U.S. Gulf Coast was a long-term strategy, given the 830,000-barrels-per-day Keystone XL pipeline project is now under construction.

“At this time, we are focused on working together with our partners on the immediate next steps required as we move forward with this initiative,” Irving’s Maclean said in an email.

In April, TC Energy secured a $1.5-billion investment and loan guarantees from the Alberta government and began construction on KXL pipeline, which is envisioned as a bullet line between Alberta and heavy oil refineries on the Gulf Coast.

“Keystone XL is rooted in a fundamental long-term need for new energy infrastructure, improved public safety, reduced GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, economic support for communities, job creation and ultimately a reliable and affordable supply of energy,” TC Energy CEO Russ Girling said at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday.

Girling has previously stated that the Energy East project, which was proposed when Keystone XL was in regulatory limbo in the U.S., would likely not be revived given uncertainties associated with pipeline regulation in Bill C-69, controversial legislation governing the energy sector that was approved by Ottawa last year.

Meanwhile, work on the 590,000-bd Trans Mountain Expansion project is also under way to expand crude shipments between Alberta and B.C.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he rejects the claim made by Green and Bloc Quebecois leaders that “oil is dead” and should get no further government support amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trudeau was asked Thursday by by Global News, during a daily press briefing outside Rideau Cottage, about the remarks made on Wednesday by Green Party parliamentary leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, and whether he shared their assessments of the industry.

“I don’t share that assessment,” he said.

“I know that if we are to move forward in transforming our economy towards lower emissions and clean processes, workers and innovators in Alberta and across the country in the energy sector are going to be an essential part of that transition.”

He continued, stressing the industry is an “essential” partner for the transition towards a cleaner economy and rejected calls from May and Blanchet for no further federal support for the struggling sector.

“We need the innovation, the hard work and the vision and the creativity of people working right now in the energy sector,” he said. “We need to support Albertans and other people working in the energy sector through this incredibly difficult time.”

READ MORE: Murphy Oil Corporation closes Calgary office, moves headquarters to Houston, Texas

May told reporters on Wednesday that the combination of the pandemic, growing demands for green technology and the recent price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia to drop oil prices to rock-bottom levels in a bid to hurt U.S. interests showed that the industry no longer has viable future prospects.

“My heart bleeds for people who believe the sector is going to come back because it’s not,” she said.

“So basically you’re saying oil is dead?” pressed a reporter.

“Oil is dead,” May responded.

Blanchet also said that while he could understand government wanting to support jobs, he thinks “tar sands won’t be back” and any money coming for the province should be on helping the industry transition into clean technology.

“I would understand, without being very enthusiastic about it, but I would understand if the federal government was to help the oil industry in order to bring it back to where it was before the crisis, because people in Alberta need to get back their jobs,” he said.

“But I do agree with Ms. May that if the oil industry as a whole might not be so dead, I think tar sands are condemned and putting any more money in that business is a very bad idea.”

The remarks prompted a break from what has so far been largely civil virtual proceedings of the House of Commons special committee on the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.

One Conservative MP accused May and Blanchet of seeking to “destroy our country” which prompted May to jump in requesting a point of order to defend herself.

This was promptly interrupted by heckling interruptions, though because the proceedings are virtual it was not possible to identify every feed from which voices were shouting.

TH_HOC_1_CHAOS_thumbnail_1280x720.jpg?w=1040&quality=70&strip=all1:47Virtual House of Commons descends into chaos after Conservative MP accuses ‘fringe left’ Elizabeth May of wanting to ‘destroy’ Canada’s oil industry

 Virtual House of Commons descends into chaos after Conservative MP accuses ‘fringe left’ Elizabeth May of wanting to ‘destroy’ Canada’s oil industry

More to come.

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  • Calgary Herald
  • 8 May 2020
  • LICIA CORBELLA Licia Corbella is a Postmedia columnist in Calgary. lcorbella@postmedia.com
img?regionKey=%2b5lN%2b0B507zDLBOq9C0KrQ%3d%3dDARREN MAKOWICHUK Martha Billes, a renowned business leader with Canadian Tire, resigned as University of Guelph chancellor after the institution voted to divest itself from fossil fuels.

The president of the University of Guelph made an announcement Monday that was dismal news for the small Ontario university but encouraging for Albertans and other people who live in the real world.

Martha Billes, a renowned business leader with Canadian Tire Corp., resigned as the university’s chancellor after the institution’s board of governors voted April 22 to divest itself from fossil fuels.

“It is with a heavy heart that I inform our U of G community that Martha Billes has decided to step down as chancellor,” Franco Vaccarino, the university’s president, announced in a written statement.

Here’s hoping that not only will his heart remain heavy but his coffers much lighter, as apparently Billes, who became the sole controlling shareholder at Canadian Tire in 1997, was a “significant” and “strong supporter” of the university for decades.

“I have enjoyed my tenure as chancellor of the University of Guelph and I remain a passionate champion of the university, proud of their tradition of quality and excellence,” said Billes, who, at the time of her investiture as chancellor in 2017, revealed that her time at the university where she graduated in 1963 was “transformational” for her, ultimately leading to her taking control of the Canadian retail giant, which was co-founded by her father, A.J. Billes.

“For over 40 years, I have been an investor in business ventures, including the oil business in my home city of Calgary and my family business, Canadian Tire Corp.,” Billes said in a written statement.

“My decision to resign as chancellor was prompted by the incompatibility of my business interests with the board of governors’ decision to divest from fossil fuel companies in its endowment portfolio.”

Good for her, bad for Guelph. This is all reminiscent of when the University of Alberta decided to confer an honorary degree on David Suzuki in June 2018. The university lost a lot of money not just from corporations, but individuals who make their living supplying an essential product that makes living in Canada so pleasurable, if not possible.

Which brings us to comments made Wednesday by federal Green party Leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-francois Blanchet that Canada’s oil and gas industry should not be saved.

“Oil is dead,” said May.

In her preamble to that catchy three-word sentence, May incorrectly quoted comments made by Shell on Monday, when chief financial officer Jessica

Uhl warned investors of “major demand destruction that we don’t even know will come back.”

Uhl said the company expects an “L-shaped recovery,” implying that oil demand will be nine per cent below last year.

Considering that the world was consuming 100 million barrels of oil per day before the COVID-19 recession struck, it’s difficult to see how 91 million barrels of oil per day constitutes death.

Almost as inaccurate and delusional were comments made by Blanchet.

Speaking to CBC’S Power & Politics on Wednesday, Blanchet said Alberta’s oil is too costly to produce and the federal government shouldn’t prop up businesses “that will not be self-sufficient in any time in the future.”

Funny, but Blanchet has never said that about Bombardier, which was propped up by $4 billion in federal aid over the years and billions more by the Quebec government — including $1.3 billion in 2016 for the C-series planes, which have been sold to Airbus, and its train-making division to Alstom.

“It is clear that there is no long-term future for that kind of industry, so let’s help them go somewhere else, something which is more green,” Blanchet said.

In 2019, Quebec had a $4-billion surplus budget — surplus thanks to a $13-billion equalization payment from Ottawa, in which most of that money came from Alberta, despite that being a rough year for the oilpatch.

Premier Jason Kenney responded to a reporter’s question during Thursday’s COVID-19 news conference by calling May and Blanchet’s comments akin to kicking Alberta when it’s down.

“The Canadian energy industry has done more than any in modern Canadian history to create jobs and prosperity, to fund social programs and government services, and to unite Canadians with our equalization payments and transfer payments across the country, to which Alberta has contributed over $600 billion in recent decades, thanks largely to our energy resources,” said Kenney.

“These two leaders say that the energy industry is dead. Well, I would remind Mr. Blanchet that in Quebec they consume 60,000 barrels of oil a day,” said Kenney.

Sounds like a lot, right? But Kenney was actually wrong by three fold. According to the federal government’s Canadian Energy Regulator, Quebecers actually consume upwards of 180,000 barrels of crude per day, or 381,000 barrels per day of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel and natural gas.

Almost half of Quebec’s crude consumption comes from Alberta, the rest comes from the U.S. and OPEC dictatorships, which are trying to destroy North America’s energy industry by turning up the taps and flooding the market with cheap oil during this drop in demand as a result of COVID -19.

“Mr. Blanchet said that Albertans have been sending ‘a string of insults to Quebec,’” said Kenney.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. What we have sent instead is tens of billions of dollars of wealth generated by the hard work of Albertans. Quebec receives $13 billion from equalization payments (every year) to pay for its health care payments right now during this pandemic, and most of that wealth comes from this province and the people who pay their federal taxes,” added Kenney.

Here’s hoping Quebecers, all other Canadians and university boards understand this reality because if this industry does die in Canada, this country will suffer terribly and Canadians will still consume oil and gas from other less-desirable places.

The cash cow would die and so would Canada’s way of life, and that would be a nightmare.

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