Alberta's New Climate Plan: Can Alberta Be a Model for Texas?

November 27, 2015 by James Coleman

Alberta and Texas and Planning for the Climate

On Monday, Premier Rachel Notley announced Alberta’s new climate plan, which is supported by a detailed report from a panel of experts. The centerpiece of the plan is a $30/tonne price on carbon emissions in Alberta that is implemented through a modified tax dubbed a “carbon competitiveness regulation.”[read more]


Why Keystone XL is a Fight Worth Fighting

February 8, 2014 by Daniel Kessler

The numbers in Robert Rapier’s recent Keystone XL post are spot on. It’s true that the 170 billion barrels found in the Athabasca tar sands reserve alone won’t cook the planet, just as it’s true that one Big Mac won’t make you fat and one cigarette won’t give you cancer.[read more]

Energy Risk: No More Blowouts, Dry Holes, or Abandoned Oil Wells

July 27, 2013 by Jim Baird

Energy Risk

According to the Alberta Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, almost 400,000 oil and gas wells were drilled in the province during the period 1963 to 2012; for an average of about 8,000 per year. Of those, 154,111 have been abandoned.[read more]

Canadian Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change Clear After Alberta Floods

July 6, 2013 by Laura Tozer

Climate Change in Canada


Recent flooding in Alberta, Canada is one of the many climate change impacts already being felt around the world, but it also foreshadows the rise in extreme events that is on the way.[read more]

Oil Sands Anxiety Is Overblown

August 27, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

As I was catching up on a two-week backlog of news after my vacation, I ran across a New York Times editorial with the promising title of "Tar Sands and the Carbon Numbers." Thinking that perhaps the Times might have woken up to the necessity of comparing the lifecycle emissions from oil sands to those from other crude oils, I was...[read more]

The Mark: A new climate change policy for Canada

March 23, 2010 by Simon Donner

My proposal for a compromise deal that could break the long stalemate between Alberta and the other provinces on climate change appears in the Mark. The compromise solution is an “opt-in” federal climate change program. The program would include a range of existing and proposed policy instruments, like a carbon tax that is revenue-...[read more]

Large-scale storage of wind energy using compressed nitrogen and old pipelines… Could it work?

February 22, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

I just got back from a trip last week to Edmonton, Alberta, where I visited a startup called Lancaster Wind. I’ve been following this company for over a year now, but only recently has its founder and CEO — Dave McConnell — started talking about his approach to storing huge amounts of energy in the same pipelines used to carry oil and...[read more]

CCS, the cost, the risk, and the law of unintended consequences

October 12, 2009 by Tyler Hamilton

When the Alberta government announced last week that it would be handing over $745 million to Shell Canada so it could move ahead with its Quest commercial-scale CCS project, and when the federal government said it would chip in another $120 million, it didn’t sit well with environmental and energy think-tank The Pembina Institute. It’s...[read more]

To Love or Not to Love the Tar Sands

September 29, 2009 by margotgerritsen

Albertan Tar Sands: Podcast 1In terms of oil, we are more dependent on Canada than on Saudi-Arabia. 20 % of our oil imports comes from Canada, and more than half of that is produced from the oil sands in the Albertan boreal forest. We are by far the largest consumer of oil sands and it is our increasing demand for oil that...[read more]

A student's perspective on the oil sands in Alberta

August 15, 2009 by margotgerritsen

We visited the oil sands, also known as tar sands, near Ft McMurray in Alberta last week. We are still in the process of editing our footage and preparing a documentary covering the controversial production of the oil sands. As a teaser, here's the perspective of Samora Garling on this trip. Samora is a sophomore at Stanford and my...[read more]

Catch The Wind partners up with Canadian Hydro Developers on wind-sensor tests

August 7, 2009 by Tyler Hamilton

I first wrote about Catch The Wind back in November and in the 10 months that have passed the company with the “spider sensor for wind turbines” (my wording) has made some solid progress. The company’s sensor, called the Vindicator, can detect wind speeds and direction up to 1,000 metres away, giving a wind turbine’s control system...[read more]

Document alert: PHEVs and Alberta

July 28, 2009 by Lou Grinzo

Green Car Congress: University of Calgary Study Finds Large-Scale Adoption of PHEVs in Alberta Could Support Wind Power; PHEV GHG Benefits Range from 40-90% in Emissions Reduction: The environmental benefit of a large-scale deployment of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in the Canadian province of Alberta could vary...[read more]

The Struggle for North America's Energy Future: California and Alberta

April 27, 2009 by Climatico Analysis

California, the US’s most populous and wealthy state and Alberta, a far less populous but nonetheless vital part of Canada’s economy sparred this week, as California seeks to push forward ever bolder Climate Change initiatives. The battle pits two states that could hardly be more dissimilar when it comes to Climate...[read more]

Midwest Oil Refineries Gobble Up Canadian Tar Sands, Spew Greenhouse Gasses

February 13, 2008 by Jesse Jenkins

Midwest oil refineries are gobbling up more and more crude oil from Canadian tar sands and are set to belch out up to 40 percent more greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade. According to the Chicago Tribune, oil refineries across the Midwest are set to expand (see graphic) and are planning on processing heavy crude oil from Canadian...[read more]

Mordor? No, Athabasca

October 30, 2007 by Jonathan Smith

In case your Halloween is too happy / not horrible enough, Monkeyfister relays1 a story in The Guardian2 about “land rape on a gigantic scale.” In ten years, according to the article, the mining in the province of Alberta “will encompass an area as large as Florida… All that spoiled land, ruined fresh water, and wasted Natural Gas. It’s...[read more]