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The end of the great oilsands boom?

Fort Hills is the latest oilsands megaproject projected to come on line in northeastern Alberta. At $15.1 billion, it might also be the last one for quite some time.

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The Keystone XL pipeline is approved by Trump, but will it be built?

One expert opines that even though Keystone XL got the go-ahead from U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, there’s only a 50 per cent it will actually be built.

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Wed, January 25 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on The Keystone XL pipeline is approved by Trump, but will it be built?

Trudeau defends oilsands at Calgary town hall

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said he misspoke in Peterborough when he said the oilsands should be phased out, defended both the oilsands and pipelines during a town hall at the University of Calgary.

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Tue, January 24 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Trudeau defends oilsands at Calgary town hall

The not-rosy future of the Alberta oilsands

Subhead: “Investment in the oilsands has plunged and future growth is in question.”

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Sun, January 15 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on The not-rosy future of the Alberta oilsands

Trudeau infuriates Alta. politicians over talk of phasing out the oilsands

At a town hall meeting in Peterborough, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about phasing out Alberta’s oilsands. Alberta politicians reacted in an unremarkably predictable way.

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Fri, January 13 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Trudeau infuriates Alta. politicians over talk of phasing out the oilsands

A carbon tax primer

The Edmonton Journal prepared a concise primer as to the pocketbook effects of the new carbon tax, which starts taking effect today. If you want a bit more, here’s a CBC Edmonton q-and-a with economist Andrew Leach, the architect of the carbon tax. If you want to have a serious look at how you can […]

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Sun, January 1 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on A carbon tax primer

Kinder Morgan, Line 3 pipelines approved by Trudeau cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project and the death of the Northern Gateway pipeline project.

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Tue, November 29 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Kinder Morgan, Line 3 pipelines approved by Trudeau cabinet

Alberta oil industry wary about feds’ carbon pricing plan

While some of the big players in Alberta’s oil patch have signed on to a carbon tax, but an industry spokesman said it’s too soon to say how smaller companies will fare in the new environment. The federal carbon tax would set an initial price of $10 per tonne in 2018, and scale up to […]

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Tue, October 4 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Alberta oil industry wary about feds’ carbon pricing plan

Breaking the coal habit? That’s not so easy

The federal government wants Canada to stop generating electricity by burning coal. Chris Varcoe writes that the feds should look to Alberta for some of the complexities involved in that process.

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Sun, September 4 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Breaking the coal habit? That’s not so easy

Fraser Institute attacks NDP’s oilsands GHG cap

The Fraser Institute came out with a report critical of Alberta’s 100-megatonne cap on oilsands greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Surprise, surprise.

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Tue, August 16 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Fraser Institute attacks NDP’s oilsands GHG cap