An energy transition to less productive, unreliable and unproven energy sources is akin to asking populations—especially those in developing countries— to struggle with, perhaps regress or simply tolerate less prosperity
By Maureen McCall, BOE Report, August 29, 2023
Don’t look now energy deniers, catastrophists, and fossil fuel obstructionists, but Alex Epstein’s plain language, clear thinking talking points are coming for you. And no amount of trendy emotional plays will stand up against them.
Last week Alex Epstein returned to Alberta for the Canadian Energy Executive Association (CEEA 72) Energy Business Forum chaired by Brent and Allison Quinton to present his latest data and new insights into the future of energy in North America and the world.… Read more
It’s wrong to claim that climate policy is the ‘only way’ to reduce fires. Prescribed burning, improved zoning and enhanced land management are much faster, more effective and cheaper solutions for fires than climate policy
By Bjorn Lomborg, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 1, 2023
One of the most common tropes in our increasingly alarmist climate debate is that global warming has set the world on fire. But it hasn’t. For more than two decades, satellites have recorded fires across the planet’s surface. The data are unequivocal: Since the early 2000s, when 3% of the world’s land caught fire, the area burned annually has trended downward.… Read more
Costs for Canadians will far outweigh any benefits to the planet
By Tristan Hopper, National Post, August 21, 2023
If everything goes according to the wishes of Canada’s net-zero planners, in just 27 years this country won’t emit a single stray molecule of carbon dioxide.
Canada burns an average 100 million litres of gasoline every single day; that’s about 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth. It burns another 49 million daily litres of diesel. The country has almost 25 million registered vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. … Read more
Guilbeault’s attack on fossil-fuel-generated electricity will cost Canadians more for a lower standard of living and drag our federal finances further towards the abyss
By Adam Pankratz, National Post, August 22, 2023
Canada’s Minister of Environmental Magic, Steven Guilbeault, is at it again. His next trick, more daring than scaling even the tallest skyscraper, is to eliminate fossil fuels from Canada’s electrical grid by 2035. If rammed through, this latest government act of wand waving will cost Canadians more for a lower standard of living and drag our federal finances further towards the abyss. His plan is already encountering push back as it comes up against that which Minister Guilbeault hates most: reality.… Read more
Disastrous road-trip experience with electric truck turns Winnipeger off EVs
By Bradford Betz, Fox News, Aug. 11, 2023
A Canadian man is calling electric vehicles the “biggest scam of modern times” after his frustrating experience with an electric truck.
Dalbir Bala, who lives in the Winnipeg area, bought a Ford F-150 Lightning EV in January for $115,000 Canadian dollars (around $85,000 U.S. dollars), plus tax. Ford said the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on the vehicle is $77,495 U.S. dollars.… Read more
The regulations reflect a government willing to fracture national unity, violate the constitutional division of powers, damage the economy and increase the cost of living of the public it was elected to serve
By Joe Oliver, National Post, Aug. 15, 2023
In March 2022, from its green perch high above us mere mortals, the federal government arbitrarily mandated a virtually unachievable net-zero national electricity grid by 2035, which will undermine electricity’s reliability and affordability and cost $54-billion.
With last week’s release of draft Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change, supported by Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of energy and natural resources, set a policy table groaning with threats and only a few inducements.… Read more
‘Going Green’ is much more damaging to the environment than meets the eye
As a retired electrical engineer, I can tell you that unless your house has a 250 amp service entry cable and main breaker you have no business installing a 60 amp residential car charger. Typical line feeds are 100 to 150 amp service. In the summer with 60 amp Air Conditioning (2.5 tons and up) you could not charge your car and run your AC at the same time. Little would be left for appliances and lighting. That is the part they don’t tell you.
Tesla said it best when they called its battery an Energy Storage System.… Read more
State government more interested in stopping ‘climate change’ than dealing with immediate dangers
By Connor O’Keefe, Austrian Mises Institute, August 17, 2023
The most destructive natural disasters are never 100 percent natural. Human choices, land use, and government policies play a big role in how harmful hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flash floods, and wildfires are to the affected communities.
And after catastrophes like the wildfire that destroyed much of the historic Hawaiian city of Lahaina on August 8, it’s worth taking stock of how much of the disaster was the result not of natural or accidental factors, but of policies and institutions that can be changed.… Read more
After voters speak, PM Rishi Sunak pulling back on Boris Johnson’s aggressive phaseouts of natural gas boilers and gas-powered cars
By Jack Mintz, Financial Post, Aug. 11, 2023
Barely a nanosecond into our holiday trip to London last week, our airport cabdriver started telling us about the city’s “despised” Ulez (ultra-low emission zone) tax. Originally put in place in 2019 to curb pollution, it is being extended by the current mayor, Sadiq Khan, to include the outer boroughs and triple the area covered, effective Aug. 29.
A daily charge of £12.50 (roughly C$21) applies to each car and van that emits more nitrogen dioxide than allowed under an EU standard adopted in 2014.… Read more
Climate anxiety makes no sense—humanity has survived heat waves for thousands of years without air conditioning. We can adapt to current and future ‘climate change’ if we don’t lose our cool
By Allysia Finley, Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2023
The media wants you to know it’s hot outside. “‘Heat health emergency’: Nearly half the US at risk,” CNN proclaimed last week as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees in much of the country.
If heat waves were as deadly as the press proclaims, Homo sapiens couldn’t have survived thousands of years without air conditioning. Yet here we are. Humans have shown remarkable resilience and adaptation—at least until modern times, when half of society lost its cool over climate change.… Read more