Tag Archives: tar sands/oil sands

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.

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 ground whether we like it or not”. When the discussion … Continue reading

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Is an economist allowed to oppose the XL pipeline?

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 would yield  little to no reductions in emissions. Severin Borenstein … Continue reading

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British Columbia says no to iconic pipeline. Should Obama follow suit?

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 Affairs Minister was quoted as saying:

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What’s Keystone XL Got To Do With It?

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 be released when all of the oil in the Canadian … Continue reading

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Don’t Hate the Pipeline: Hate the Fuel—Or Better Yet, Tax 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 for cooking or even Saudi oil for cars, exist, but … Continue reading

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The Midwest Oil Glut Hasn’t Lowered Gas Prices; Ending the Glut Won’t Raise Them

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 carrying 150,000 barrels of crude each day from Cushing, Oklahoma … Continue reading

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