Fossil fuel development has hit the end of the line, or whatever the end of the globe is

Fossil fuel development has hit the end of the line, or whatever the end of the globe is

What do Mozambique, Guyana and Texas have in common? Well, not the accents. Not all have people named Billy Bob. All were colonized at some point, true, but that’s hardly a commonality these days. Well, that game could go on all night so best to step in. The three places represent ExxonMobil’s current top 3 […]

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, […]