Why wind and solar energy aren’t the answer to reducing global emissions

Wind and solar farms replacing the 84% of global energy from fossil fuels is technically impossible

Why wind and solar energy aren’t the answer to reducing global emissionsIn a previous column I pointed out that since switching coal-fuelled power plants to natural gas cuts CO2 emissions in half, exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to displace coal benefits our economy and reduces global emissions. And that since converting gasoline and diesel-fuelled vehicles and ships to natural gas cuts emissions by 25 per cent,…

Natural gas offers the best way to meet emissions targets

G7 countries will further cripple their economies by pursuing their green energy fantasies

Natural gas offers the best way to meet emissions targetsAt their meeting in June, G7 leaders agreed to a greenhouse gas emissions target of “net zero” by 2050. That would require phasing out fossil fuels that currently supply 84 per cent of global energy. But how? The common reply is “putting a price on carbon,” i.e., carbon taxes. But unless there’s a viable alternative,…

The speech O’Toole should have made

It’s time Canada had a prime minister who won’t fall for China’s lies. Build jobs at home, not in China

The speech O’Toole should have madeConservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s speech at the party’s convention was an opportunity to attract Canadians wanting change. Unfortunately, as John Ivison reported in his March 24 National Post column, six in 10 Canadian voters remain politically homeless after the speech. Here’s my version of a speech that would have resonated with many of those politically…

Trudeau trying to dodge blame over COVID-19 mismanagement

Has a history of attempting to deflect responsibility when he gets himself in trouble

Trudeau trying to dodge blame over COVID-19 mismanagementThe essence of good journalism is diversity of opinion. This was demonstrated by two columns in last the National Post after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that international air travellers arriving in Canada would be confined to a government-designated hotel room while awaiting COVID-19 test results. John Ivison’s column, headlined “A good idea poorly carried…

Three things governments got wrong in handling COVID-19

Ill-considered responses by governments left highly damaging long-term legacies

Three things governments got wrong in handling COVID-19History will record that multiple vaccine breakthroughs ended the COVID-19 pandemic. But it will also show that ill-considered responses by our federal and provincial governments left highly damaging long-term legacies. Here’s a list of what I call the COVID follies: Destruction of the Canadian aviation industry Canada’s airlines have been burning through their dwindling cash…

How Canada can cut global emissions and boost its economy

How Canada can cut global emissions and boost its economyWhat can Canada do to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while creating substantial economic benefits? My October column explained why attempting to replace fossil-fuel-generated electricity with wind and solar energy is technically impossible and economically disastrous. Here’s another solution: Export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to replace coal-fuelled electricity generation. This will cut coal plant…

The hazards of pursuing a green power utopia

The federal government’s plan to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar is technically impossible and economically disastrous

The hazards of pursuing a green power utopiaThe combination of wildfires along the U.S. Pacific Coast, two simultaneous hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, melting glaciers and peat bog fires in Canada, and an unusually hot summer in Europe has raised global warming fears to frenzied proportions. Environmentalists are urging political leaders to legislate the rapid phase-out of fossil fuels. Curiously, the…

Only private investment will save Canada’s economy

Generating, rather than consuming, government revenues will require a clear and profound reversal by the current government

Only private investment will save Canada’s economyAfter five years of suffering in eco-zealot purgatory under the Liberals led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the half million or so Canadians whose livelihood depends on the oil and gas industry finally got some good news: The oil sands are now part of the government’s green energy agenda! In an Aug. 12 interview, Natural…

Did we really need the Canada Student Service Grant?

Or was Trudeau just trying to buy the votes of young Canadians

Did we really need the Canada Student Service Grant?Conflict of interest revelations surrounding the selection of WE Charity to administer the Canada Student Service Grant have dominated recent media coverage and led to investigations by parliamentary committees and the federal ethics commissioner. While getting answers on how WE was selected is essential, there’s been scant focus on the more fundamental question: why was…

Assessing the lockdown’s damage

For a healthy working-age person, the risk of dying from COVID-19 is significantly lower than dying by accident or from other diseases

Assessing the lockdown’s damageAfter being locked down since March 16, Canadians are emerging, as if after a hurricane, to assess the damage that has occurred in just 12 weeks. The main victims are, of course, the patients and valiant front-line workers who have succumbed to COVID-19. But shutting down the economy has ravaged businesses, jobs and savings, while…

Act now to end Alberta’s economic nightmare

Canada’s recovery will depend on government policies that actively encourage, rather than impede, resource investment

Act now to end Alberta’s economic nightmareAlbertans are living a five-year nightmare that just keeps getting worse. The nightmare started in 2015 when newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Gerald Butts, head of the Canadian arm of the anti-fossil-fuel World Wildlife Fund, as his principal secretary and key adviser. A year later, Trudeau cancelled the previously approved Northern Gateway Pipeline destined…

Canada’s hospital system ill-prepared for COVID-19 crisis

Canada’s hopelessly dysfunctional and dangerous government-monopoly health-care system one of the least prepared in the world to deal with the crisis

Canada’s hospital system ill-prepared for COVID-19 crisisThe Liberal government’s plan to use Canada’s “fiscal firepower” to help Canadian families and businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic has been appropriately termed “a measured well-targeted response” by the Fraser Institute. But no amount of cash can change the terrible reality that Canada’s health-care system is one of the least prepared to deal with the…

First Nation supporters of Coastal GasLink need to step up

First Nation supporters of Coastal GasLink need to step upIn 2015, we gathered in the meeting house of the remote Tl’azt’en First Nation at Tache, 215 km northwest of Prince George, B.C. I was there as volunteer chair of the B.C, Industry Training Authority (ITA), the organization responsible for funding and facilitating trades training in the province. Accompanying me were the ITA CEO and…

Trudeau throwing away Canada’s future for a seat at the UN table

The government has compounded the problem of stalled pipeline projects by adopting UNDRIP, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

Trudeau throwing away Canada’s future for a seat at the UN tableIn 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a stunning decision with profound impact on the future development of our country. For more than a century, Indigenous title had been limited to the immediate environs around settlements. The court ruling vastly expanded it to “tracts of land that were regularly used for hunting, fishing or…

Crossing the line from eco-activism to emotional eco-terrorism

No other country has so deliberately turned itself into a climate-change martyr. Yet our sacrifices will have no perceptible impact

Crossing the line from eco-activism to emotional eco-terrorismIt’s been almost three decades since delegates from 172 countries, meeting at the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, adopted the Climate Change Convention. U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data show that since then the Earth’s temperature has risen an average of 0.03°C per year. At that rate, the planet will warm 2.4°…

Canada is headed for a financial cliff

The prospect of a profligate Liberal minority government dependent on the even more financially destructive policies of the NDP is enough to send even more investors scurrying to the exits

Canada is headed for a financial cliffThe Oct. 21 federal election results confirm that most Canadians have lost all fear of deficit spending, no matter how large. That’s a serious problem for the nation. During the 2015 federal election campaign, the Conservatives led by Stephen Harper proudly announced a no-deficit budget after years of working to rebalance spending and revenues following…

Canada’s sad march to energy industry oblivion

Encana, Canada’s flagship energy company, has now become Americanized, driven south by disastrous Liberal policies

Canada’s sad march to energy industry oblivionEd. Note: Gwyn Morgan was the first CEO of Encana when it was formed in 2002. In this Nov. 22, 2018 column, the respected oil pioneer outlines the federal regulatory impediments that are driving companies to leave our country. With the announcement this week that Encana is rebranding and heading to the U.S., the column…

Farm industry upheaval brings a way of life to an end

Prairie towns and villages are becoming relics of the past. Formerly bustling main streets are lined with boarded-up businesses, inhabited by aging retirees who carry the memories of a bygone era

Farm industry upheaval brings a way of life to an endWhat do you think is Canada’s riskiest business? Childhood on our family farm taught me the answer to that question. Despite years of heartbreaking disappointments, my father was a perfect example of the adage “hope springs eternal.” Each spring, he would sing happily on our tractor while seeding wheat, barley and oats. Then we hoped…

Myths and misinformation fog climate change debate

The answers to some questions to help you assess whether there really is a climate emergency

Myths and misinformation fog climate change debateWith energy and the environment playing an important role in the fall election, Canadians face starkly different policy positions from political parties, together with a bewildering array of both information and disinformation. Here is my rather eclectic list of little-known facts, head-scratching paradoxes and utter hypocrisy. Climate Emergency On June 17, the House of Commons…

Climate-change strategy offers Sheer a way to win election

How does a Liberal government that can’t campaign on its abysmal record go about gaining re-election?

Climate-change strategy offers Sheer a way to win electionAs the federal election approaches, the Liberal government’s record has become increasingly more difficult to defend. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise in the last election that he would run only ‘modest’ deficits has burgeoned into a national debt increase that is bigger per person than that racked up by any government in Canadian history, outside…

Powerful anti-oil groups march into Canada’s halls of power

With Gerald Butts and others at the epicentre of power, it’s no wonder the oil industry has plummeted into purgatory

Powerful anti-oil groups march into Canada’s halls of powerCanadians watch Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election comfortable in the belief that such foreign interference couldn’t happen here. Except it did happen here. And while the Russians adamantly deny interference in American political affairs, the perpetrators of interference in the 2015 Canadian federal election not only devised and…

Oil and gas the backbone of the Canadian economy

Oil and gas contributed some $117 billion to Canada’s GDP last year, six times the economic contribution of the Ontario auto industry

Oil and gas the backbone of the Canadian economyWhat was Canada’s biggest business news story of 2018? According to the pundits at The Canadian Press, it wasn’t the giveaway of Canadian oil to Americans for tens of billions of dollars below world prices, caused by a lack of pipelines from Alberta. It wasn’t the loss of tens of billions more in oil and…

Trudeau’s wrong-headed approach to climate change

Trying to solve a problem with the wrong solution will inevitably lead to failure

Trudeau’s wrong-headed approach to climate changeWith polls showing the Liberals in a tight contest with the Conservatives, the Trudeau government needed to find a defining issue that will carry them to victory in next October’s election. From the beginning of his mandate, this Prime Minister has made lowering carbon emissions a centerpiece of his government’s raison d’etre. Trudeau promised an approach…

Trans Mountain mired in hopeless consultations and useless studies

The court decision against the pipeline veered away from objective legal analysis into opinions designed to justify preconceived biases

Trans Mountain mired in hopeless consultations and useless studiesFor the second time in two years, three judges with the Federal Court of Appeal struck down a crucially important oil export pipeline project that had undergone years of regulatory review. The approval of Northern Gateway by the former federal government of Conservative Stephen Harper was struck down in 2016. That was after Enbridge spent…

How we can avoid a devastating trade war with the U.S.

We need a smart, realistic strategy for negotiations, starting with giving up our dairy supply management system

How we can avoid a devastating trade war with the U.S.The importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement to Canada’s economy is staggering. Each day, $2.4 billion worth of goods and services cross the Canada/U.S. border. Some 78 per cent of Canada’s merchandise exports are destined for NAFTA partners. Now, the 23-year-old agreement is under severe threat from a hyper-protectionist American president. Initially, NAFTA…

Horgan’s hypocrisy, Weaver’s green energy fantasy hurt all Canadians

The B.C. premier and his Green Party puppet master have created a debilitating, ill-conceived mess over the Trans Mountain pipeline

Horgan’s hypocrisy, Weaver’s green energy fantasy hurt all CanadiansThe political discourse surrounding Canada’s oil industry has morphed into a combination of schizophrenia, hypocrisy and fantasy. This debilitating countrywide phenomenon is clearly exemplified at both the federal and provincial levels. But it’s the recent actions of B.C. Premier John Horgan and his puppet master, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, that earn my nomination for…

The Saga of the Three Pipelines test of Ottawa’s relevance

After seven years and billions of dollars, hope for revival of Canada’s oil industry comes down to one extremely troubled project

Canada is endowed with the third largest oil reserves in the world but lack of access to world markets means our oil is sold far below world prices. Each day, this captive market discount hands a $40-million gift to Americans. Adding insult to injury, the discount also drives tens of billions of dollars in Canadian…

Self-inflicted socialist wounds crippling Canada’s economy

Justin Trudeau has Canada headed toward another fiscal calamity, through a series of policy decisions that mimic his father’s misguided choices

Self-inflicted socialist wounds crippling Canada’s economyLike father, like son, the old adage goes. It’s never been truer than in the case of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and his son Justin, Canada’s current prime minister. The parallels start with an ideological attraction to communism. Pierre was asked for his views on democracy and communism, and stated that a one-party…

Any pension fund fiasco is one too many

The plight of Sears pensioners has once again ignited calls for change but the federal government seems content to sit on its hands

Any pension fund fiasco is one too manyThe demise of Sears Canada has seen 16,000 employees lose their jobs. It’s unfortunate, but inevitable, as online giants Amazon and Alibaba transform the retail universe. But what shouldn’t be inevitable is the loss of pension benefits for those employees and another 18,000 Sears retirees. If the 2009 bankruptcy of tech giant Nortel is a…

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017

A look back at 2017 shows far too many instances in Canada where we got it all wrong

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017For my first column of the New Year, I’ve dipped into my collection of irrational, damaging or downright dumb happenings in 2017. The year saw major breakthroughs in the use of genetically-modified human cells to treat diseases, including retinal dystrophy and blood cancer. Human genetic re-engineering is an emerging science but there has been little…