The US and Canada, rely heavily on fossil fuel production and exports. But the surging market penetration of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency improvements, and climate emission policies will substantially reduce the global demand for fossil fuels.
As the demand for fossil fuels declines and the price of oil falls, the impact on the oil industry in the US and Canada is severe--curtailing production and stranding their assets. The oil sands are exceptionally vulnerable, and the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline by the Canadian government looks like a colossal mistake. Read More
The oil train disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec, happened five years ago. As pipeline capacity tightens, oil companies are choosing trains to move their petroleum products. Flammable and volatile, these cargoes are an enormous risk for communities situated along the tracks. But building more pipelines is not the solution. The modern world is going electric--powered by renewable energy. Fossil fuels are the also-rans. Read More
Canada is pursuing two contradictory policies: – To increase oil production from Alberta’s oil sands; – To cut Canada’s greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2030. Can Canada do both? Oil sands unCAPPed The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) foresees an increase in Western Canada crude oil from 3.9 to 5.4 million barrels a day […]Read More