Alberta Politics
Well-known earth scientist David Hughes (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).

Earth scientist David Hughes has become well known in certain circles as the Cassandra of the oilpatch.

Cassandra, as the classically educated will recall, was the priestess of Apollo cursed to foretell the truth and never persuade anyone. A figure of Greek myth, and a walk-on part with a few lines in Shakespeare, everyone thought she was nuts.

Back in 2016, when Alberta’s New Democrats were changing before our eyes into another centre-right conservative party dedicated fighting for pipelines, Mr. Hughes published a study that concluded there was no way Canada could meet its global climate commitments if it kept building new export pipelines and ramping up oil extraction.

This seems pretty obvious, but at the time everyone who was anyone in Alberta acted like he was nuts.

Mr. Hughes also predicted that “new pipelines with tidewater access will not significantly increase the price Canada receives for its oil.”

This also seemed obvious to anyone who paid any attention to economics. But it challenged one of the political orthodoxies of the era, that building pipelines to tidewater and shipping ever increasing amounts of Alberta bitumen to Asia would magically repeal the iron law of supply and demand.

The belief that pipelines could defy economic gravity and overcome low world oil prices helped Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party…

Alberta Politics
Earth scientist David Hughes, latter-day Cassandra, predicts completed TMX will see extra losses for every barrel shipped to Asia
Alberta Politics
Earth scientist David Hughes has become well known in certain circles as the Cassandra of the oilpatch. Cassandra, as the classically educated will recall, was the priestess of Apollo cursed
Public inquiry, conducted in secret, gets another extension to find elusive foreign funders of ‘anti-Alberta’ campaigns
Alberta Politics
Apparently commissioner Steve Allan still isn’t having any luck finding those sinister foreign funders of “anti-energy” campaigns. But don’t worry, the government of Alberta has given the head of its
How propaganda became memory: Pierre Trudeau, Alberta and the National Energy Program
Alberta Politics
On this day 40 years ago, prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s finance minister and deputy PM, Allan MacEachen, rose in Parliament to introduce a new national budget. Warning that Canada could
UCP plan to lay off 11,000 public sector health workers sparks wildcat walkouts at 45 Alberta health facilities
Alberta Politics
Infuriated at the Kenney Government’s determination to lay off 11,000 public sector health care workers and privatize their jobs, members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees walked off the
Activate the COVID Alert App in Alberta. Activate it right now!
Alberta Politics
With coronavirus pandemic surging in most parts of Canada, most definitely including Alberta, the federal government needs to make its COVID Alert exposure notification app available in this province immediately.
Canadian Politics
What was Saskatchewan’s media doing when it wasn’t reporting on Scott Moe’s driving record?
Alberta Politics
Seriously, what was the media in Saskatchewan doing when it wasn’t investigating Scott Moe’s history of drunk and, on one occasion, deadly driving? Wednesday morning, the province’s Saskatchewan Party premier
Forever chaste? Or just chased? Former Reform MP and Kenney comrade Rob Anders faces new challenges
Alberta Politics
Rob Anders’ recent trouble with the law reminds us of the former Reform Party and Conservative MP’s past thoughts about the laws of nature. Twenty-one years ago, Mr. Anders made
Death toll from fall of Montreal statue still stands at zero, but apoplectic Wexiters may be at risk
Alberta Politics
The death toll from the fall of John A. Macdonald’s statue in Montreal Saturday still stands at zero, the gods be praised. One would have thought it was much higher,
If Press Gallery membership for the Rebel is so important, why are Postmedia reporters still in the gallery in Ottawa?
Alberta Politics
What are we to make of the peculiar fact that Postmedia reporters still occupy their comfortable chairs in the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa? A quick scroll through the
What’s making Ottawa’s environment minister suddenly give the Vista coal mine proposal the fish eye?
Alberta Politics
Yesterday we learned that Jonathan Wilkinson, the federal environment minister, is reconsidering a decision he made in December to leave it up to the industry-funded Alberta Energy Regulator to decide
Geopolitics
Fourth of July Fever: Pay attention when your neighbour has a breakdown; it may be contagious
Alberta Politics
Happy Fourth of July. It’s Independence Day at the crazy neighbour’s place next door and the crowds are partying without masks. We can’t very well send fire trucks to help
OK, Canada’s good to go for those 3M medical masks — at least until Donald Trump changes his mind again
Alberta Politics
As is often the case when dealing with Donald Trump, the saga of the five million N95 respirators built by Minnesota’s 3M Co. and purchased by Ontario keeps changing. On
The coronavirus pandemic: Not good news for anyone, but probably worse news for the West than China
Alberta Politics
The novel coronavirus hit China first. Today was the first day China reported no new local infections since the global pandemic officially began in Hubei province in the fall of
With coronavirus chaos south of the line, brace yourself for some of it to come to our way in Canada
Alberta Politics
U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s incompetent and ideologically driven response to the international coronavirus crisis poses a serious national security threat to Canada. Can we do anything about it? Say,
France is in turmoil and all we hear is crickets — what gives?
Alberta Politics
France is in turmoil and all we hear is crickets. What gives? The government of President Emmanuel Macron has introduced a scheme to overhaul pensions and retirement benefits for many
Ad

Support ALBERTAPOLITICS.CA

PayPal Donate Button
Ad

Categories

Ad