Op-Ed: UN Report Attempts to Swap “Net”-Zero with Absolute-Zero Emissions

Op-Ed: UN Report Attempts to Swap “Net”-Zero with Absolute-Zero Emissions

Integrity Matters, the report from Catherine McKenna’s UN High-Level Expert Group on the Net Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities, was launched at COP27 earlier in November. While probably appealing to climate activists or the likes of Steven Guilbeault, former Greenpeace activist and Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, it ought to be ignored and launched into the trash. The report effectively seeks to pull out the rug from under Canada’s resource industries by redefining net-zero with the effect that hydrocarbon investment would have to end, while demanding that the industry associations muzzle any criticism against such net-zero policies. Remarkably, it also insists that the industry only be permitted to lobby for more restrictions, euphemistically described as “positive climate action.” Despite the absurd recommendations, the McKenna report has pulled back the veil that, for the Expert Group at least, “net-zero” means “absolute” zero.

TC Energy expects cost of Coastal GasLink pipeline project to rise

TC Energy expects cost of Coastal GasLink pipeline project to rise

The Coastal GasLink pipeline is not the only major energy infrastructure project in Canada to be plagued by cost overruns this year. In February, the company behind the ongoing Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project — which will increase oil transportation capacity from Alberta to the West Coast — announced the new cost of the project is an estimated $21.4 billion, up from an earlier estimate of $12.6 billion.

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Lithium in SK, Part 5: Prairie Lithium – Old wells or new wells?

Lithium in SK, Part 5: Prairie Lithium – Old wells or new wells?

TORQUAY – Prairie Lithium’s president and CEO Zach Maurer first thought of producing lithium from the produced water that comes from oil wells. But that idea has since evolved into the pursuit of drilling directly for the highest concentrations of lithium. Still, extracting lithium from oil well brines is a possibility, too.
Here’s how Maurer explained it in late September, 2021, while in a shack during the drilling of the first lithium well in Saskatchewan.

Lithium in SK, Part 4: Prairie Lithium pursuing the idea there could be lithium in those brines

Lithium in SK, Part 4: Prairie Lithium pursuing the idea there could be lithium in those brines

Lithium is one of the key resources in the quest for energy transition, and specifically for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and greater electrification of the global economy. As the lightest metal on the periodic table, it is a key component in battery chemistries, especially in anything that needs to move. There is simply no substitute that can match its lightness – crucial for everything from cellular phones to electric pickup trucks.
While other companies have been active in land acquisition, Prairie Lithium has been leading the charge, out in the field, testing its technology, and, in late September of 2021, it was the first to put a drill bit to rock.

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Venezuela’s gov, opponents resume talks; US eases sanction

Venezuela’s gov, opponents resume talks; US eases sanction

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuela’s government and its opposition on Saturday agreed to create a U.N.-managed fund to finance health, food and education programs for the poor, while the Biden administration eased some oil sanctions on the country in an effort to boost the newly restarted talks between the sides.

Sober or bright? Europe faces holidays during energy crunch

Sober or bright? Europe faces holidays during energy crunch

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Early season merrymakers sipping mulled wine and shopping for holiday decorations packed the Verona Christmas market for its inaugural weekend. But beyond the wooden market stalls, the Italian city still has not decked out its granite-clad pedestrian streets with twinkling holiday lights as officials debate how bright to make the season during an energy crisis.

In cities across Europe, officials are wrestling with a choice as energy prices have gone up because of Russia’s war in Ukraine: Dim Christmas lighting to send a message of energy conservation and solidarity with citizens squeezed by higher utility bills and inflation, while protecting public coffers. Or let the lights blaze in a message of defiance after two years of pandemic-suppressed Christmas seasons, illuminating cities with holiday cheer that retailers hope will loosen people’s purse strings.

EU nations fail to close rift on gas prices as cold sets in

EU nations fail to close rift on gas prices as cold sets in

BRUSSELS (AP) — On winter’s doorstep, European Union nations again failed to bridge bitter disagreements over a natural gas price cap Thursday as they struggle to effectively shield 450 million citizens from massive increases in their utility bills.

An emergency meeting of energy ministers only showed how the energy crisis tied to Russia’s war in Ukraine has divided the 27-nation bloc into almost irreconcilable blocs.

Estevan Meter, Virden Meter and Apollo Electric & Controls unify as PRIMEC Controls

Estevan Meter, Virden Meter and Apollo Electric & Controls unify as PRIMEC Controls

Changing your company’s name after operating 55 years under that title is not an easy decision. Indeed, it took roughly five years to come to that point.
But on Nov. 22, Estevan Meter Services and its sister companies Virden Meter Services and Apollo Electric & Controls announced they would be uniting under one new name and entity. Effective Jan. 1, 2023, they will be known as PRIMEC Controls Corporation, and will be branded as PRIMEC Controls Canada.

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Federal consumer carbon price to expand to three Atlantic provinces next summer

Federal consumer carbon price to expand to three Atlantic provinces next summer

Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan, who appeared with Guilbeault at a press conference on Tuesday, was having none of it.
“What I particularly resent is the stoking of drama and anxiety among people, whether it be in my province or any anywhere in the country,” he said.
O’Regan, who represents a St. John’s riding, insisted that carbon pricing isn’t making life less affordable because the rebates are worth more to most people than the carbon prices they will pay — something that has been confirmed by the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
“This is a good plan, and there will be more money in your bank account than there was before, and you will be doing something very effective.”

Crude oil tumbles on report that OPEC plus could hike production

Crude oil tumbles on report that OPEC plus could hike production

Crude oil prices slumped to a 10-month low Monday morning before rebounding at midday, adding to the volatility that has dogged the Canadian energy sector recently.

The benchmark West Texas Intermediate plunged by as much as US$5 in the early part of the day, trading as low as US$75 in reaction to a Wall Street Journal report saying Saudi Arabia and other OPEC-plus countries may increase oil output by up to 500,000 barrels per day at their Dec. 4 meeting.

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Jordan B. Peterson interviews Alberta Premier Danielle Smith in “Showdown with Ottawa”

Jordan B. Peterson interviews Alberta Premier Danielle Smith in “Showdown with Ottawa”

Jordan B. Peterson goes into great depth with new Alberta Premier Danielle Smith about all things energy for most of the first half of the interview. They talk about building a corridor from Fort McMurray, across Saskatchewan to Churchill or Fort Nelson, and sending Manitoba hydro power back the other way.

She also talks about how “we’re never going to get to 100 per cent renewable. I may as well put that on the table.” 

Climate compensation fund approved, other issues up in air

Climate compensation fund approved, other issues up in air

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Negotiators early Sunday approved a historic deal that would create a fund for compensating poor nations that are victims of extreme weather worsened by rich countries’ carbon pollution, but an overall larger agreement still was up in the air because of a fight over emission reduction efforts.

After that vote, talks on other aspects of the negotiations were put on hold while delegates were given 30 minutes to read texts of other measures they were to vote on.