Largest boreal forest reserve in the world established next to Canada’s oil sands

Largest boreal forest reserve in the world established next to Canada’s oil sands

Everyone knows the bad numbers about Canada’s oil sands; they’ve heard all the horror stories and “carbon bomb” analogies whether they are all true or not. We know the resource is more energy intensive, we know that there are several hundred square kilometres of tailings ponds that are not duck-friendly. We’ve heard all about the […]

Fewer pitchforks, more facts: How do we take back energy discussions?

Fewer pitchforks, more facts: How do we take back energy discussions?

One fine November day long ago in my university days, the Saskatchewan Roughriders won the Grey Cup for the first time in decades. It was a big upset and the province went nuts; at the time it had little else to cheer about. My friends and I joined a huge throng of people running purposefully […]

In violent agreement – both sides in energy wars envision same future, but too entrenched to notice

In violent agreement – both sides in energy wars envision same future, but too entrenched to notice

Here in Canada, energy wars are reaching a fever pitch. The petroleum business has begun to fight back after having been comprehensively outfoxed by a very savvy opponent in the form of formidably organized protest groups. The fossil-fuelers, mostly consisting of technical engineers, geologists, and finance people, was busy focusing on cash flows and finding […]

When I get hit by a self-driving car, I’m suing everyone in sight for 8 trillion dollars

When I get hit by a self-driving car, I’m suing everyone in sight for 8 trillion dollars

If I survive, that is. At the end of the day I won’t be unreasonable though and would probably settle for $500 billion-ish. Not that litigiousness is a good thing. I roll my eyes like everyone does at the stories about millionaires being created by dumping hot coffee in their laps, or slipping on ice, […]

Stop fighting, start planting trees

Stop fighting, start planting trees

Is anyone else out there exhausted by ridiculous environmental arguments? The topic isn’t ridiculous, but the entrenchment is. We’re getting nowhere and everyone is just getting more riled up. It’s like an argument about the best sushi, except that the loser loses his job forever. The green side sees fossil fuels as the ultimate enemy, […]