1/A few friends reached out today, concerned about my ragey rants from yesterday. Allow me to address that.

What's you're seeing is white-hot righteous indignation.

Even though I live in BC, 99% of my family, friends, and social network are in Alberta.

Two issues:

1. I am livid about cynical spreaders who just don't care about their fellow citizens. How do we get them to understand the harm they're doing?

2. I'm really angry about the Kenney govt's seeming abdication of responsible pandemic management. Where is the Premier?
3/Rage may not be the most constructive response, but in the face of a serious threat to those I care about, it seems an entirely appropriate response to those putting my loved ones in harm's way.

Maybe more of us need to be angry with cynical spreaders and the Alberta govt?

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Recent video interviews, podcasts proving the "electric future" is already here:

1. @bcshaffer - renewables cheaper than gas

2. @tonyseba - cheap renewables will restructure global economy by 2030


3. Heymi Bahar, @IEA - Wind, solar adoption will soar during 2020s

4. Dr. Kai-Philipp Kaires - Tesla "battery day" science explained

5. Amazing Canadian "water rotor" power generation innovation

6. The "Great Reset" has already begun, just not the one feared by conspiracy theorists

7. @samabuelsamid - Behold the 1,000 hp electric Hummer!

#energytwitter #EVs #climatechange #energytransition #Canada
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The electrification of transportation is an existential threat to Alberta's oil industry but the energy war room @CDNEnergyCentre spends $30 million/year on vapid nonsense like this.

"Tyranny" ain't the problem, folks.
2/Here's the war room's exec dir of research Mark Milke making yet another dimwitted argument on the taxpayer's dime.

While the world prepares for peak oil demand, Milke is shaking his fist at clouds.

And we wonder why AB energy policy is so bad.

3/The next installment of our Sunday morning gibberish series from Milke.

I actually interviewed Norges, the Council on Ethics that advises Norges on this issue, and the Norwegian climate institute CICERO that prepared the report for the Council.

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Time for a chat, AB

1/Suncor lays off 15% of workers

"...has been transforming itself in recent years to rely more on data/tech to improve its efficiency, such as using autonomous trucks...had anticipated these changes would lead to a smaller workforce."
2/@jkenney's corporate tax reductions were supposed to create jobs. Instead, Suncor appears to have used the tax savings to invest in digital tech that will destroy jobs, about 4,500 of them.

All the big oil and gas producers are doing the same.
3/This slide from Suncor's July 22, 2020 investor presentations shows that the drive for more efficiency and lower operating costs that lead to a smaller workforce is a deliberate management strategy.
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1. Climate risk is front and centre for international investors.

2. Oil sands bitumen has a very high ghg emissions-intensity.

3. Why doesn't Alberta use a federal "green recovery" to help fund lowering that emissions-intensity instead of acting like the sky is falling? Image
2/Suncor CEO Mark Little has already proposed federal funding for an independent public agency to invest in commercializing the manufacture of materials (like carbon fibre) from bitumen.

Why not use "green recovery" $$ to fund that agency?

Materials, not combustion, eh? Image
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Why not use "green recovery" funding to electrify oil sands production? Are wind and solar feasible? What about small modular nukes?
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The Allan inquiry is a farce.

As was predicted by me and may others.

So, I'll ask again: What energy policy and issues management haven't @jkenney screwed up?

The inquiry and the energy war room are symbols of a deeply incompetent govt.

2/Background reading on foreign-funding activism and the Allan Inquiry:

1) energi.media/deep-dives/deb…
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1/Respectfully disagree with much of the argument in op-ed by @S_HastingsSimon, @EdWhittingham, @DKeithClimate.

Key objection: the oil sands are more competitive than they suggest. Producers' own modelling, opex data, shows this.
#ABleg #OOT

2/The graphs below are from CERI's 2020 Oil Sands Production and Emissions Outlook. Many of the projects are low-cost operations. In 2019, when prices were modest, oil sands producers generated considerable free cash flow and net earnings were high. Image
3/"All of this adds up to a not-too-distant future when Alberta producers will chase a diminishing market with declining prices," the authors argue.

But there is a good argument to be made that the oil sands can compete in a shrinking heavy crude market.
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