The US Is Having Some of the Same Pipeline Problems

A Pennsylvania to NY gas pipeline project has been snuffed by regulatory hazards and legal uncertainty.

Since it was proposed in 2013 at a projected cost under USD $700 million, delays and legal challenges have driven the costs up by nearly 40 per cent. After the project won Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval in 2014, New York regulators refused to issue critical water quality permits, citing concerns about danger to wetlands and stream crossings.

Sounds familiar.

Here is my favorite part:

Riverkeeper and other environmental groups have fought the project in courts.

“Constitution’s investors just confirmed what we have been saying for the past eight years — there is no need for this project,” said Anne Marie Garti, an environmental attorney and founding member of Stop the Pipeline.

Indeed, if you suffocate projects with endless legal battles and regulatory labyrinths, those projects, the viable becomes unviable.

Funny how that works.

Then you can say there is no need for the project, as if you just broke my legs and told me there was no need for me to walk.

This has been the modus operandi of radical environmentalists for many years.

— Continue reading at Global News

 

Elizabeth May’s National Energy Program

Green Party calls for Canada to stop using foreign oil — and rely on Alberta’s instead.

This is actually just the 21st century version of Trudeau Sr.’s “National Energy Plan.”

You may recall that one key objective of the NEP was “ultimate independence from the world market.”

There is nothing wrong with buying foreign oil per se.

The problem is that Ottawa’s bungled energy policy and interventions have created economic advantages for foreign oil and economic disadvantages for Canada’s oil. Canada would be a much more competitive producer than it is now but for Ottawa’s foolishness.

If you read the article and think about the totality of what the Green leader is proposing, it’s hard not to think “NEP.” She would block foreign oil imports and simultaneously cripple Alberta oil production. The only result would be major impoverishment.

Notley Will Buy Trans Mountain Pipeline from Kinder Morgan?

Notley’s stupid schemes just keep getting dumber and dumber…

Not only because Alberta’s treasury is empty…

But for anyone who thinks big pipelines are scary now, wait until the government owns them!

If Kinder Morgan can’t build the pipeline why should the Alberta taxpayer bail them out? Does that not simply put the taxpayer on the hook for major financial damage if Trans Notley Pipeline wallows in limbo forever?

The opposition facing Trans Mountain doesn’t go away if Notley buys the pipeline or loans them money.

What an outrageously bad idea.

Rather than half-baked schemes like buying the pipeline or banning BC wine imports through the provincial wholesale monopoly, perhaps Notley should turn her sights on Ottawa and ask why the province pays nearly $30 billion more into confederation than we get back each year when Ottawa and other provinces are blocking market access for one of our most important products?

 

 

Wind Power Is a Joke

Every now and then you should check out the Alberta Electric System Operator’s “Current Supply Demand Report” page.

This handy little page shows us the total net generation of power from different sources. It is constantly being updated.

Wind power sucks. It’s hellishly cold in Alberta right now and wind power contributes nothing to make our lives better. LITERALLY NOTHING. 

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You see that? Despite 1445 MW max capacity with wind power, and total net generation is zero. On one of the coldest days of the year.

Just look at all those wind farms and all the magical wind power generated!

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Oh wait. Zero. Zero. Zero. Zero. Zero. Zero. Zero. Zero.

You get the idea.

You can build all you want for capacity, but it doesn’t mean you get much actual electricity out of it.

Natural gas is reliable, cheap, clean, and plentiful. Wind power is unreliable, expensive, and requires back up from something you can count on (i.e. fossil fuel based energy that just works).

Wind power is a joke.

Anyone who thinks the government should tax perfectly good and reliable fossil fuel energy production & use to subsidize pathetically inefficient wind power is a fool or a knave.

Ottawa Introduces “National Energy Program: The Sequel”

Trudeau’s carbon tax.

Centrica Is Getting Out of Natural Gas Production in Canada

Another company discouraged by political uncertainty — Centrica is selling natural gas assets at a likely loss to get out of Canada.

How Much Do We Subsidize Fossil Fuels?

Some people have a confused idea of what counts as a subsidy.

In the minds of anti-oil radicals, not collecting more taxes from fossil fuel producers and consumers is a subsidy to fossil fuels.

That’s like saying the government subsidizes you unless it taxes 100% of your income.

David Yager writes:

The notion that Canadian governments in some way subsidize the cost of the final product to consumers – as per the dictionary definition – is preposterous. According to PetroCanada the taxes on a liter of gasoline in Canada in 2015 above and beyond the cost of petroleum, refining and distribution included a federal excise tax of $0.10 per liter, GST/HST ranging from 5% to 15%, a $0.667 per liter carbon tax in B.C., and provincial fuels taxes ranging from $0.13 to $0.192 per liter. Similar direct fuel cost levies exist for diesel fuel. These can total 25% or more of the total cost or more depending on crude prices and where you live. It is estimated these fuel levies provide Ottawa and the provinces with $15 billion annually. This is on top of another $18 billion oil and gas producers paid to all levels of government in 2014 in the form of property taxes, income taxes, payroll taxes and producing royalties.

Some subsidy.

— Read more at EnergyNow

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