Keystone XL – Just a Pawn?

Aside from frustration and years of uncertainty, there is one other thing that a four-year project approval process can bring: inconsistent rhetoric. While proponents of Keystone XL have maintained a steady drumbeat of support for the jobs, economic and national security benefits the pipeline will bring, the past couple of months have revealed that opponents […]

United States Still Needs Canadian Crude Says IHS CERA

With domestic production of oil dramatically increasing, one might ask whether there is still a need for Canadian oil sands in the United States. According to the IHS CERA report “Future Markets for Canadian Oil Sands,” Canada will remain an important supplier of crude oil to the U.S., particularly to Gulf Coast refineries. The report […]

What 2013 Has in Store for Canada’s Oil Sands

As 2012 came to a close and 2013 was heralded in with the usual festivities, analysts looked into their crystal ball to see what might be in store for the energy sector in 2013.  Whether or not you buy in to the superstition of “unlucky 13,” there is consensus that for Canada’s oil sands industry, […]

Citizens Unite With Old KXL Claims

As if four years of review hasn’t been enough, the folks at Bold Nebraska, Farmers Union, Sierra Club and others are asking the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) to take an additional 90 days to “conduct further analysis” into the Keystone XL pipeline.  The formal request was made last Monday when the groups released […]

What They’re Saying: Keystone XL

With the election behind us and a decision from Nebraska on the reroute plan expected in short order, voices are growing in number and volume in support of final federal approval for the Keystone XL pipeline. While rumors continue to fly that the project won’t see full approval until March or April of 2013, lawmakers […]

IEA: Canadian Oil Sands Not to Blame for Global GHG Emissions

During an interview this week in Ottawa, IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol said that continued development of Canada’s oil sands and addressing climate change concerns can go hand in hand. Noting that Canada is not a significant source of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, Birol said, “Compared to the major emitting countries, this is not […]