Transitioning to the Clean Energy Economy

Originally posted on 31 October 2017

Several headlines stood out over the past week, which, provide further context to the governing dilemma facing the New Democratic government. The dilemma is running a state that historically could run deficits seemingly indefinitely and not have to raise taxes. The second piece of the dilemma is the economic transition away from fossil fuel consumption. Continue reading

ESNA Policy Pints & FMI



AsFor those of my readers who enjoy interesting policy discussions among economists and other assorted professionals along with some beer go to ESNA Policy Pints to register for next Thursday, 9 November’s Policy Pints.

The speaker is Professor Joe Marchand who will be speaking on his research on “Impacts of Alberta’s minimum wage increase”. The event takes place starting at 6 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Icehouse, 10516 Jasper Avenue.


Also on November 15, 2017 ESNA  presents Craig Schram of Darkhorse Analytics and Carmen Velasquez of the Alberta School of Business.  Go to  ESNA registration to register.

Global crude markets are showing signs of re-balancing with slightly stronger price levels and declining inventories.  Despite this, Canadian markets still face a variety of uncertainties, among them, access to new markets.  What does the future hold for new transportation options? What impact could these transportation options have on Canadian crude prices and flows?  A partnership between Darkhorse Analytics and the Alberta School of Business is endeavouring to answer these questions via the development of a North American crude.

Also visit FMI registration for an event on “Disruptive Writing – How to Survive & Thrive” Change taking place on November 22 at the Sutton Hotel.

TransCanada Energy East- as a shareholder it’s a no-brainer-Opinion

Originally posted 9 October 2017

On Thursday 5 October TransCanada Corporation announced that it was no longer going to spend any more shareholders’ money to seek approval to build a pipeline to the Atlantic coast. While much nasty recrimination will unfold for a few more weeks (the bad Liberals for supporting Bombardier which is paid for by our equalization payments, etc, etc), this remains a carefully thought out corporate decision. Continue reading

Oil’s Deep State

Originally posted 7 October 2017

Kevin Taft’s new book Oil’s Deep State, sub-titled “How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming- in Alberta and in Ottawa,” was released on 26 September to a large audience at the UofA’s TELUS Centre. The book launch was sponsored by the Parkland Institute and Alberta Views newsmagazine. The book is a “must read” for anyone who is interested in Alberta politics and society. Continue reading