November 27, 2017

On energy, the world is telling Canada to get its act together

By Brad Tennant 

The International Energy Agency released its 2017 World Energy Outlook report last week and to nobody’s great surprise demand for fossil fuels is going nowhere but up. 

Way, way up. 

The Paris-based IEA concluded oil and gas will continue to be the planet’s number one and two energy sources well into this century and beyond. Between now and 2040, China will need to add the current electrical generation capacity of the entire United States in order to meet demand. India is in the same boat, requiring the equivalent of the European Union’s power system over the next two decades.

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November 09, 2017

Trans Mountain: Let’s get this done


When the Trans Mountain Pipeline started operating in 1953, Canadian oil finally displaced oil that mainly came from the United States. The pipeline made Canada stronger in addition to creating jobs and economic benefits for generations.  

The opportunity to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline is equally historic and will provide jobs and economic benefits for generations to come. When history renders a final judgment on this antagonistic era of Canadian energy development, it will likely hinge on what happens with the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

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November 06, 2017

“End of Oil” is a relic of the past

It really wasn’t all that long ago that energy industry analysis and observers stopped heralding the impending “end of oil.” 

A photo of two abandoned and rusted out gasoline pumps along with the headline “The end of The Oil Age” graced The October 2003 issue of The Economist. A year later, American journalist Paul Roberts published “The End of Oil,” a book which predicted the world would exhaust oil supplies inside of 30 years.

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October 19, 2017

Canadian energy is amongst the safest and greenest on the planet. So why aren’t we getting the credit?

By Brad Tennant 

With the Energy East pipeline being added to the list of unrealized Canadian energy megaprojects, hard questions about Canada’s collective energy future have crept up: 

  • Are politics and overregulation hurting the Canadian oil and natural gas industry’s capacity to innovate? 
  • Will Canada ever have a pipeline to the east coast? 
  • What does this mean for the future of the oil sands? 
  • What more can we do to show how safe and responsible oil and natural gas developed the Canadian way is? 

I could easily devote an entire blog post to each question. There has certainly been no shortage of post-mortem analysis and editorializing on the first three, but it’s the fourth question that I’d really like to dig into. 

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October 11, 2017

Six thoughts on what could have been with Energy East

By Brad Tennant 


Canadians are now coming to grips with the sad reality that Trans Canada’s Energy East pipeline project – once hailed as a generational undertaking with great nation-building potential – is not going to be built.

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