“Dutch Disease” or Canadian Politics?

There has been a lot of commentary in the print media about Thomas Mulcair’s remarks on the connection between “Dutch Disease” and the tar sands.  Mulcair claims that the vast exports of fossil fuels have led to a high Canadian dollar.  In turn, a high dollar hurts the competitiveness of Canadian manufactured goods in foreign … Read more

A Symbolic Blockade of Coal Trains

Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 3555 Farnam Street Suite1440 Omaha,NE USA 68131 Dear Mr. Buffett: We want to inform you that on Saturday, May 5th, from midnight to midnight, we intend to prevent BNSF coal trains from passing through White Rock, British Columbia to deliver their coal to our coastal ports for export to Asia. … Read more

Subsidies for Renewable Energy under attack

Most electricity is currently generated from fossil fuels.  The “market pricing” of this electricity takes into account generation and transmission costs, including the price of the fuel.  Environmental costs are included to a degree, but not potential costs of global warming attributable to the emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG).  Without including these future costs, electricity generated … Read more

Thinking about Grandchildren 80 years ago!

John Maynard Keynes was one of the foremost economists of the 20th Century. In 1930 he wrote “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren”, an essay in which he drew attention to the great potential for prosperity at a time when public opinion in Britain thought that the epoch of enormous economic progress was over.   In this … Read more

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