Canadian Pipedream

March 30, 2011By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured 4 Comments

Why Canadian oil does not make America secure Political turmoil in the Middle East once again exposes America’s dependence on oil and its vulnerability to global price spikes. On Capitol Hill, Big Oil’s political lackeys are stepping up their campaign for supply solutions and the current must-have item on their list is the Keystone XL … Read More

Two Disasters, One Conflict, One Bad Result

March 21, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Two years ago the oil price hit the floor at $33 a barrel. Today, on the back of the Libyan conflict, the price for Brent Crude is $116 a barrel. Two years ago, development of the Canadian tar sands was stalling with many projects being put on hold. According to the International Energy Agency, the … Read More

The Madness of US and EU Biofuels Policy

November 15, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Sometime you just cannot make sense of the madness. In its desire to rid itself of the ravages of foreign oil addiction, the US is subsidizing domestic ethanol production. The success of this programme means that nearly four out of ten bushels of this year’s corn crop will be made into fuel for your car. … Read More

Its January, must be time for a Russian energy dispute

January 11, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

It’s that time of year again. It’s January, snow is on the ground (and no that doesn’t mean that climate change is not happening), it’s freezing outside and … Russia is having an energy dispute with its neighbours. Somethings never change. This time it is Belarus and the spat is about oil rather than gas, … Read More

Battle Lines Drawn Over Senate Climate Bill

October 1, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

So the Senate Climate Bill has finally been released. After months of meetings and waiting, two Democratic Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer have released their 800 page tome  – the  Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. But note there is no mention of the dreaded C word in the title – Climate.

Chinese in $2 Billion Tar Sands Deal

September 4, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

To paraphrase the great writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain: “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated!” And so it is with the tar sands, one of the hottest debates in the energy industry. Its growing army of critics argue this highly polluting technology will help tip the world towards climatic … Read More

Canadian Begins Tar Sands Charm Offensive to Obama

January 14, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

No one would envy the size or serious nature of President Obama’s inbox when he takes office next week: the deepest recession for decades, America’s economy in freefall, conflict in the Middle East, climate change to name just a few. There will be pressing issues at home and abroad. You would think that given the … Read More