canadian oil sands


Can U.S. Canadian Oil Sands Imports be Nearly Carbon Neutral?

July 28, 2015 by John Miller

Oil Sands and Carbon Neutrality

The Argonne National Laboratory published a study that indicates Canadian Oil Sands imports would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 20% greater than existing conventional U.S. domestic crudes. Is this study reasonably accurate or is it feasible that actual Oil Sands imports could be almost carbon neutral?[read more]

Teck Resources: Rough Road For Oil Sands Investments

April 22, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Teck Resources, a Canadian company that built its business on mining of minerals and metallurgical coal, has ventured more recently into two major oil sands projects in Alberta, including the Fort Hills Mine and the proposed Frontier Mine. Teck has reported significant financial losses over the past three years[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Oil Sands Industry Must Cut Costs or Face ‘Death Spiral’

February 28, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Oil Sands Death Spiral?

The President of one of Canada’s biggest oil and gas producers warned the oil sands industry that they must cut costs or face a “death spiral”. The drop in oil prices is an “opportunity” for every part of the industry to cut costs and eliminate inefficiencies that crept into the system during years of high prices.[read more]

If Canada Opens the Spigot on Drilling, These Oil Services Companies Could Climb: Interview with Tom Varesh

March 18, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Tom Varesh was rated the #1 Ranked Industrials Analyst by Bloomberg in 2010 and 2011. He was the #1 Ranked Canadian Industrials analyst in 2010 by First Coverage Equity Research Analyst and has worked as an analyst for over 10 years at two different investment banks.[read more]

Can We Dismiss This 'Economists Only Care About GDP' Crap, Once and For All?

November 20, 2013 by Andrew Leach

David Suzuki often talks about the Economics 101 course he took which ignored externalities. That certainly didn’t match with my recollection: the second half of my microeconomics 101 course was all about market failures due to monopoly, incomplete information, public goods, or environmental pollution.[read more]

Oil Sands and the Environment: Part 1

November 12, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Oil Sands and the Environment

I spent the past week in the heart of the Athabasca oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta. I was there as a guest of the Canadian government, which hosts annual tours for small groups of journalists and energy analysts. I asked a lot of questions.[read more]

Keystone XL: For Our Economy

April 25, 2013 by Mark Green

pro-Keystone Rally

The economic and energy market reasons for approving the full Keystone XL pipeline are strong. Energy activity equals jobs, income and spinoff economic activity.[read more]

Election in British Columbia Has Global Energy Implications

April 24, 2013 by Kevin Grandia

With the third largest proven reserves of oil in the world, there has been a major push to expand pipeline capacity to Canada's coasts and on one of those coasts there is an election underway.[read more]

Keystone XL: In the National Interest

April 23, 2013 by Mark Green

Economic, energy and environmental considerations figure into the answer, but ultimately the president is charged with determining whether Keystone XL will make our country stronger and safer without impacting the environment.[read more]

Proposed pipelines undermine Canada's climate target for 2020

July 31, 2012 by Simon Donner

A New York Times editorial argued that the U.S. should consider the climate implications of constructing pipeline, like Keystone XL, to transport bitumen from the oil sands in Alberta. As should Canada. The carbon emissions embedded in bitumen that would be transported by the proposed pipelines across BC would not only dwarf the...[read more]

The Facts About Canada’s Oil Sands and Climate Change

July 27, 2012 by Robert Rapier

Motivated ReasoningThis week I was reading an article from the Associated Press called Some fracking critics use bad science. The gist of the article is that Gasland director Josh Fox used false information in his new film, The Sky is Pink. Among other things, he claimed that cancer rates were higher in Texas where fracking is taking...[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]

Harvesting Oil Sands

August 13, 2009 by Jane Van Ryan

The following post is part of a series detailing my experiences on a recent tour of Alberta's oil sands. API hosted the tour at ConocoPhillips and Syncrude facilities for several bloggers and a news crew. Day one of the oil sands tour, Aug. 6 - We're standing in a quarry where a steady stream of 380-ton to...[read more]