Category Archives: Politics

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

The Donald makes good

Originally posted 25 January 2017

The day before Robbie Burns Day was an especially propitious day for executives at TransCanada Corporation.  Two working days into office and the new U.S.  President has “delivered”  on the promise to revive the Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty Alberta to Steele City on the border of Nebraska and Kansas. The decision is subject to terms being negotiated with the proponents, presumably to achieve some return to the U.S. Treasury and to U.S. construction and factory workers.  Several commentators have noted this negotiation may be similar to the “shake-down” orchestrated by Premier Christy Clark with the Trudeau government’s approval of the Kinder-Morgan TransMountain pipeline.  Continue reading