Hunting for Habitat – February 28, 2013
The Alberta government failed to realize an opportunity to harness private interests for the public interest when it shelved its Hunting for Habitat proposal, which would have compensated private landowners for opening up their lands to hunters and allowed some tags to be sold.
A New Approach to Environment and Fisheries Management (Sopuck) – November 12, 2012
PowerPoint slides which accompanied Robert Sopuck's speech A New Approach to Environment and Fisheries Management; Less Red Tape and a Better Environment that he gave in Winnipeg on November 2, 2012. He is Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette.
Quebec, Shale Gas and Pandora's Box – October 1, 2012
There were some in Quebec who were thrilled last week when the new Parti Québécois government suggested it would ban the development of the province’s shale gas resources. While this seems to be just another story of a province deciding for or against a development opportunity, a shale gas ban might have larger consequences down the road.
Media Release - Freshwater Fish Monopoly is Impoverishing Aboriginal Fishers – September 27, 2012
A new Frontier Centre study suggests that many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal fishers need to withdraw from the monopoly of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation as market conditions have changed and today's fishers are quite capable of marketing their own fish.
Environmental Protection Up in Smoke – September 21, 2012
When the wildfires that are burning millions of acres in the West are finally smothered by winter snows, environmentalists undoubtedly will blame climate change. They might look in the mirror instead.
Media Release - A Game-Changer is Coming – October 6, 2011
Ian Madsen examines the economic, strategic and environmental implications of news that South Africa-based Sasol is looking into setting up a plant in Louisiana capable of delivering millions of tons of transport fuel derived from natural gas.
Natural Gas-to-Liquids Coming to the U.S. – October 6, 2011
Few “alternative fuels” hold the promise of abundance, reliability, high-yield, portability, compatibility, and strategic enhancement that the transformation of natural gas to liquid does. This backgrounder examines the economic, strategic and environmental implications of a market capable of delivering millions of tons of transport fuel derived from natural gas.
There Will Be Oil – September 20, 2011
Since the beginning of the 21st century, a fear has come to pervade the prospects for oil, fueling anxieties about the stability of global energy supplies. It has been stoked by rising prices and growing demand, especially as the people of China and other emerging economies have taken to the road.
Listening to the Shale Revolution – February 8, 2011
With turmoil in the Middle East comes the inevitable spike in oil prices, topping $90 this week. Look for energy security to make one of its recurrent runs to the top of the national agenda. This time, though, we should listen to the shale gas revolution that has put an unexpected energy bonanza at our feet in places like New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
What If Quebecers Got Their Wish, And The Oilsands Closed? – January 27, 2010
"Closing down Alberta's oil industry would immediately stop the production of 1.8 million barrels of oil a day. Supply and demand being what it is, oil prices would go up and therefore the cost at the pump would go up, too, increasing the cost of everything else."
The Environmental State of Canada – June 30, 2009
PowerPoint slides detailing Canada's environmental progress which accompanied the Meeting for Policy Experts seminar by Dr. Ken Green and Ben Eisen in Winnipeg on June 17th, 2009.
Burn Baby Burn – February 19, 2009
Denmark incinerates about 40% of its rubbish, but it also has a recycling rate the UK can only envy and most importantly only a fraction of Denmark's waste, about 10%, goes into landfill. Compare that to the UK which buries over half of its waste.
President Obama Is COOLing It – February 17, 2009
Food trade policy is essential to providing variety and affordability to consumers, no matter where they live. The food industry is largely recession-proof, but still vulnerable to external influences. With a president in the White House who seems ready to think more internationally, the virtues of free trade may be fortified. That would be welcome news to the Canadian economy during these worrying conditions.
We Need Another Green Revolution – September 10, 2008
The best news is that high-yield farming will serve humanity and protect our forests whether the climate warms or cools. We ardently agree with Katherine Sierra that science—especially biotechnology—offers the best hope of being able to feed 8-10 billion people (up from the current 6.5 billion) in 2050.
Let the Market Manage the Oil Crisis – June 11, 2008
As the prices of food, fuel and other basic commodities continue to skyrocket, the tiny voice warning that the sky is falling becomes louder and more insistent. The lesson is that markets work. Shortages cannot persist in a free marketplace because higher prices prompt consumers to economize on their purchases and producers both to expand existing supplies and to search for cheaper substitutes.
Richard Epstein – May 23, 2008
One of the world's most high-powered thinkers, University of Chicago Law Professor Richard Epstein, interviewed by the Frontier Centre.
Fair Share or Short Changed? – January 31, 2008
This same mythology is the often expressed opinion that producers have no place else to go and therefore Alberta can charge them whatever it pleases in royalties.
A Thread Down a Football Field – December 17, 2007
An analysis of why the west side transmission line in Manitoba is sub-optimal environmental and energy policy.
Seeing the Wood – December 11, 2006
A new way of counting trees finds more of them than was thought.
Nothing to Fear from a Bigfoot – November 8, 2006
Peter Foster's response to the recently released World Wildlife Fund for Nature's 2006 Living Planet Report.