May Provinces (or States) Limit Imports on the Basis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Elsewhere?

April 20, 2015 by James Coleman

Emissions, Imports, and Local Regulation

Recently Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission issued a report urging provinces to drive Canadian climate policy by adopting their own carbon pricing schemes. But the report barely touched on one of the key challenges for local regulation: what may places that price carbon due to avoid losing industry to places that don’t?[read more]

In Ukraine Crisis Wake: Geopolitics and a Case for European LNG Import Terminals

August 5, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Ukraine Crisis and European LNG Imports

The global LNG supply options are broadening with new LNG export projects – both under construction and proposed – mushrooming especially in Australia, the US, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Tanzania, etc.. A severe competition in the global LNG market is in the not so distant future.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: US Biomass-Based Diesel Imports Increase to Record Levels in 2013

May 9, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US Biomass Diesel Imports

The United States imports two varieties of biomass-based diesel fuel—biodiesel and renewable diesel. Last year, total U.S. imports of these two varieties of biomass-based diesel fuel reached 525 million gallons, compared to 61 million gallons in 2012.[read more]

The UK Needs to Take a More Serious Look at Importing Renewable Electricity

November 18, 2013 by Adam Whitmore

Imported solar electricity looks likely to be cheaper than nuclear in the UK by the early 2020s when new nuclear is due to come on line. Solar and other imported renewables deserve a closer look as one means to decarbonising the UK power sector.[read more]

India, Coal Imports, And Energy Security

July 31, 2013 by Justin Guay

India Coal Imports


The Indian coal sector is in shambles and imports are a part of the problem, not the solution. Even though India is home to one of the world’s largest coal deposits the country can't mine coal fast enough let alone transport it where it needs to go.[read more]

Border Carbon Adjustments Make Little Sense Except In Very Limited Circumstances

July 4, 2013 by Adam Whitmore

Border Carbon Adjustments would apply to only a small proportion of emissions, and their introduction would face challenges. However in a few cases they can be a useful, though imperfect, tool for reducing market distortions.[read more]

Solar Energy Trade Battle Heats Up Again

February 2, 2012 by Christina Nunez

The group fighting SolarWorld’s bid for duties on Chinese-manufactured crystalline photovoltaic cells and modules on Monday released a report that claims protectionist measures would result in between 14,000 and 60,000 fewer American jobs than would otherwise exist by the end of 2014—but that wasn’t the only news in the solar trade...[read more]

Offshored Emissions Negate Carbon Cuts by Developed Countries

April 29, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute

Increases in carbon-intensive imported goods have negated cuts in carbon emissions by developed countries since 1990, finds a new report published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The Kyoto Protocol assigns emissions from the production of goods to the country where production takes place, rather than the country...[read more]

US Petroleum Imports by Country

April 26, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

You can win bar bets with this one, ’cause every American, almost without exception, knows that we import more oil from Saudi Arabia (or Libya) than from anywhere else.   [read more]

Canadian Oil Sands Could Lead U.S. Oil Imports This Year

June 23, 2010 by Mike Gregory

Canadian oil sands are a growing source of petroleum, and by the end of this year, they'll probably be the leading source of crude oil imports into the United States, according to a new study by IHS CERA. Canada is already the primary source of crude oil imports into the United States, and the country has been steadily increasing its...[read more]

Is expensive oil deglobalizing the world?

May 27, 2008 by Tyler Hamilton

A report today from CIBC World Markets says the skyrocketing cost of transportation is leading to inflation and taking away the edge that many Asian countries have had in offering cheap labour. The end result, as oil approaches $200 a barrel, is what the bank sees as a deglobalization of world markets. The report finds that the cost of...[read more]