The Facts

On the ‘death’ of oil and gas

On the ‘death’ of oil and gas

The Canadian Energy Centre’s Executive Director, Research, Mark Milke and researchers Lennie Kaplan and Ven Venkatchalam explain why reports of the imminent death of our nation’s oil and gas industry is greatly exaggerated.

Canada’s flaring emissions down by 38%

Canada’s flaring emissions down by 38%

Canada’s oil and gas industry is among the best in the world when it comes to reducing air emissions from flaring, according to a new analysis by the Canadian Energy Centre.

Canada’s flaring emissions down by 38%

Canada’s flaring emissions down by 38%

Canada’s oil and gas industry is among the best in the world when it comes to reducing air emissions from flaring, according to a new analysis by the Canadian Energy Centre.

Twenty B.C. First Nations and pipeline prosperity

Twenty B.C. First Nations and pipeline prosperity

BC pipelines, First Nations and local prosperity

Commentary: The natural gas export boom — for Canada’s competitors

Commentary: The natural gas export boom — for Canada’s competitors

As the lockdown from the Coronavirus pandemic ends, provincial and federal governments will still face the reality that arrived in its wake: a recessionand one made worse by a domestic energy sector that never really recovered from multiple previous injuries already in play. They included: The Saudi-directed oil price crash in 2014 (and now one in 2020)and the domestic and foreign rhetorical attacks on Canada’s oil sands, supported only by a minority of Canadians, but which helped prevent multiple projects and pipelines from getting built.   

Missing out: Natural gas and Canada’s exports

Missing out: Natural gas and Canada’s exports

This CEC Research Brief (which can be downloaded here as a pdf) highlights natural gas trends worldwide from 2000 to 2017 (the latest year for which comprehensive annual data are available from the US Energy Administration). It does so by:

Commentary: Tyranny oil should be in the same category as blood diamonds

Commentary: Tyranny oil should be in the same category as blood diamonds

One of the more bizarre reactions to bare facts showed up recently after a colleague and I analyzed oil and gas-producing countries and their degree of freedom — the Tyranny Index, as we labeled it. In response, some argued such tracking is irrelevant because all that matters is the price per barrel.  

Commentary: Myths and facts about energy subsidies in Canada

Commentary: Myths and facts about energy subsidies in Canada

In the ongoing debate over whether Canada’s oiand natural gas industry will or should survive — see recent comments from the Green Party’s Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet that “oil is dead”— one supporting justification often advanced is the notion that oil and gas activity in Canada survives only due to massive subsidies from taxpayers. 

The tyranny index for oil and gas

The tyranny index for oil and gas

Oil, natural gas, and freedom rankings

Norges Bank investments: Comparisons to Canada and ‘Not Free’ countries

Norges Bank investments: Comparisons to Canada and ‘Not Free’ countries

Norway’s investments in autocracies and dictatorships are twice its investments in Canada