Industry Spin

Richard Milne

World’s largest container shipping group throws down challenge to industry

The world’s largest container shipping company has pledged to cut net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, challenging an industry that is both one of the main transporters of global trade and one of the biggest polluters to come up with radical solutions in the next decade.

Holly McKenzie-Sutter
Husky Energy's SeaRose FPSO at Marystown, Newfoundland and Labrador.Courtesy Husky Energy

Regulatory board CEO says no oil sheens were spotted on the water Monday or Tuesday, meaning the oil has broken down to the point that it can't be cleaned up

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — It’s now impossible to clean up Newfoundland’s largest-ever oil spill that leaked into the ocean last week, according to the regulatory board that oversees the province’s offshore activities.

Chris Hatch
Quebec oil by source. Analysis by National Bank of Canada based on data from Statistics Canada. Chart by Codename for National Observer

We’ve heard it time and again.

The argument that Quebec has no business touting itself as a climate leader when it’s dependent on Saudi oil.

Inconvenient facts for Canada's “Saudi oil” brigade: the largest source of Quebec oil is... Canada, the second largest is the United States.

It’s a regular drumbeat from pundits and politicians opposed to climate action who promote more pipelines and more oil production.

Linda Schneider

“If, as history shows, fantasies of weather and climate control have chiefly served commercial and military interests, why should we expect the future to be different?”
—James Fleming, Fixing the Sky1

Vaughn Palmer

One year after assuming the helm at B.C. Hydro, president and chief operating officer Chris O’Riley went before the Vancouver Board of Trade earlier this month for a progress report on Site C. “I want to start by acknowledging that Site C has been extremely challenging,” he began.

Lilli Fuhr and Hannah McKinnon
fossil fuels and climate change

BERLIN – Since the Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015, too many policymakers have fallen for the oil and gas industry’s rhetoric about how it can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Tall tales about “clean coal,” “oil pipelines to fund clean energy” and “gas as a bridge fuel” have coaxed governments into rubber-stamping new fossil fuel projects, even though current fossil fuel production already threatens to push temperatures well beyond the Paris agreement’s limit of well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Robyn Allan
Western Canadian oil prices are being hit by a lack of pipeline safety, not a lack of pipelines. BLOOMBERG

March 4, 2018

Has Big Oil exposed itself to billions in losses from a widening price differential between light (West Texas Intermediate, or WTI) and heavy (Western Canadian Select, or WCS) oil?

That’s the hypothesis in a report by Scotiabank as reported in The Vancouver Sun on Feb. 20 (Pipeline delays impose demonstrable cost ($10.7 billion) to Canada’s economy: Scotiabank).

Norman Farrell

Feb 26, 2018 - While BC consumers of carbon pay an ever increasing tax — $10 billion since 2009 — carbon producers are enjoying billions of dollars in subsidies.


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