The Facts

Hypothetical roadways aiming to eliminate fossil fuels by 2050 ‘wishful thinking’

Hypothetical roadways aiming to eliminate fossil fuels by 2050 ‘wishful thinking’

Dr. Vaclav Smil, the world’s premier energy transitions expert, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of the Environment, has weighed in on how possible it is to transition from oil and gas by legislative decree.

Resource sector provides jobs for 28,000 new Canadians

Resource sector provides jobs for 28,000 new Canadians

Canada’s natural resource sector is providing a pathway to economic opportunity for thousands of Canadian newcomers, says a new analysis by the Canadian Energy Centre.

Commentary: Want prosperous First Nations? Say “yes” to pipelines

Commentary: Want prosperous First Nations? Say “yes” to pipelines

“In less than a decade, the Haisla Nation has leveraged the strategic location of its traditional territory to go from a Nation on the verge of remedial management to an eagerly sought-after partner and key stakeholder in several multi-billion-dollar LNG projects.” – The Haisla First Nation on its website

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.