Posts Tagged ‘oil’

It’s a few weeks into a brand new year and so far Canadians are discomfited by watching our dollar rank among the world’s worst-performing currencies. The oft-cited reasons include high consumer debt levels, the potential for a housing bubble, and worries that Canada’s economy is on a divergent path from the US. Really, though, it’s [...]

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Tick, tick, tick. The countdown to another rail accident is already on. A 90-car derailment last week in Alabama is only the latest in a series of train wrecks unfolding across North America. The next one, as promised by a dangerous combination of lax regulations and booming traffic, is just around the bend. Fracking may [...]

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Critics of TransCanada’s Keystone XL project often argue that Canada should reap the full benefits of its natural resources, rather than exporting its petroleum riches south of the border. Head to the U.S. and, ironically, you can hear the same discussion. Much of America’s new found oil wealth is being shipped abroad, which is worrying [...]

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The Price for Energy Independence

Posted by Jeff Rubin on November 19th, 2012 under SmallerWorldTags: , ,  • 22 Comments

Move over OPEC, North America is about to become a net exporter of oil. At least that’s the supposed good news from the International Energy Agency’s latest outlook. According to the IEA, the drilling boom for shale oil is putting US production on track to pass Saudi Arabia. North of the border, output from Alberta’s [...]

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Growth Alone is Not the Answer

Posted by Jeff Rubin on October 10th, 2012 under SmallerWorldTags: ,  • 27 Comments

If we know anything about what makes our economy tick we know this: Feed it cheap oil and it runs like a charm. But keep it rationed to expensive fuel, and growth stops dead. Every major global recession in the past four decades has oil’s fingerprints all over it. For all of our efforts to [...]

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