Polarization as strategy – No other way to interpret activist loathing of Shell’s voluntary “Drive Carbon Neutral” plan

Polarization as strategy – No other way to interpret activist loathing of Shell’s voluntary “Drive Carbon Neutral” plan

How low can environmental/energy dialogue go? No one really knows. Every week, we set another all-time low. Anyone involved with energy on a practical level -that is, anyone that is part of energy solutions rather than political machinations – knows full well how challenging it is to move away from a global hydrocarbon-based system. Due […]

Why bet against human ingenuity?

Why bet against human ingenuity?

Some phrases in our lexicon just make us feel good. For whatever reason, they strike an elemental chord and just give you the warm and fuzzies, like “Dinner’s ready” or “We’re giving you a raise” or “Looks like they’re not going to press charges”. Weirdly enough, I came across just such an example in a […]

Rational, independent thought: kicked to the ditch on the divided social media highway to hell

Rational, independent thought: kicked to the ditch on the divided social media highway to hell

Thanksgiving season is a great time of year; crisp fresh air, harvesting this and that, fall colours, and the day itself is a good reminder to be thankful for everything we have (which for most of us is a lot). Thanksgiving also brings memories of big conversations with people we don’t see every day, and […]

Backpedaling on energy is politically inevitable – even Biden will embrace hydrocarbons if in power, there is no other choice

Backpedaling on energy is politically inevitable – even Biden will embrace hydrocarbons if in power, there is no other choice

A politician on the campaign trail is not really a human. A free-wheeling brain is a recipe for disaster, when every second is documented and critiqued. If humanity isn’t dialed out, the politician might go rogue and offend someone, and hooo boy are there a lot of sensitive people out there these days. There is […]

Energy transitions start with optimizing what we have. Period.

Energy transitions start with optimizing what we have. Period.

When first moving to Calgary from a life of poverty on the farm, I used to be amazed at what people would throw out in the trash. Good looking microwaves. Old lawnmowers. Tables and furniture and stuff that someone paid good money for not long before. Home renovations almost made me weep; dumpsters full of […]