I am not a fan of blanket statements. Whenever oil sands come up in casual conversation, many of my economist friends argue that “the stuff will come out of the … Continue Reading It just doesn’t add up. Why I think not building Keystone XL will likely leave a billion barrels worth of bitumen in the ground.
It feels at times as if opposing the XL pipeline requires one to give up their keys to the Energy Institute executive washroom. Chris Knittel has argued that stopping XL … Continue Reading Is an economist allowed to oppose the XL pipeline?
When President Obama blocked approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport oil from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast back in 2012, the Canadian government took notice. The Foreign … Continue Reading British Columbia says no to iconic pipeline. Should Obama follow suit?
Let’s face it. The opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t about dirty oil. It’s about oil. James Hansen and the other leading opponents focus on the GHGs that will … Continue Reading What’s Keystone XL Got To Do With It?
Alberta’s tar sands—or, as pitchmen prefer to call them, oil sands—are to transportation as cow dung is to cooking: a dirty way to reach a goal. Cleaner alternatives, like LPG … Continue Reading Don’t Hate the Pipeline: Hate the Fuel—Or Better Yet, Tax It.
Sometime later this week the owners of the Seaway pipeline will announce that they’ve completed the first stage of reversing the flow of oil on the line and have started … Continue Reading The Midwest Oil Glut Hasn’t Lowered Gas Prices; Ending the Glut Won’t Raise Them