Posts Tagged ‘oil prices’

The downside of oil independence

Posted by Jeff Rubin on December 2nd, 2014 under SmallerWorldTags: , , ,  • 9 Comments

What a difference a couple decades can make. OPEC’s decision to maintain production has rocked the TSX, sending energy companies as well as governments scrambling to figure out what to do in a new world order where oil prices might continue to slide. Rewind to the energy crisis in the 1970s and a decision by [...]

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The Uncertain Future of Oil Demand

Posted by Jeff Rubin on November 17th, 2014 under SmallerWorldTags: , , ,  • 3 Comments

At a recent investment conference sponsored by Royal Bank and Suncor I spoke about the likelihood that billions of dollars of carbon assets will never see the light of day. Contemplating the idea of stranded assets isn’t in either company’s interests, so both deserve credit for providing a discussion forum for a topic that’s going [...]

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The newly filed application for TransCanada’s $12-billion Energy East pipeline project may as well have been wrapped in a Canadian flag when it was delivered to the regulator. It’s full of talk about freeing motorists in eastern Canada from their dependence on imported oil from volatile geopolitics locales such as Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Nigeria, and [...]

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A sharp correction in oil prices is putting the debate around major pipeline projects, such as Keystone XL, into a more nuanced light. Part of the impetus behind constructing new pipelines to carry bitumen from northern Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, Kitimat on the Pacific, or even all the way across the country to [...]

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In the world of energy investing right now, two visions of the future are on a collision course. In one corner, global energy demand will keep ticking along status quo for decades to come. In the other, the risks of climate change become too great for the international community to ignore and there’s a unified [...]

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