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Energy report says fossil fuel usage set to plunge in Canada

The news was met with glee from Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

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The use of fossils fuels in Canada is set to drop drastically in the next three decades, says a new report.

The Canada Energy Regulator predicts fossil fuel use will fall by 62% by 2025.

The forecast predicts Canadians will use significantly less gasoline and diesel over coming years, resulting in a 43% decline in the use of refined petroleum products by 2050.

Electricity use could rise by as much 45% as people change over to electric vehicles.

The report predicts wind and solar power will be used to help meet the rise in demand.

The news was met with glee from Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

“Some welcome news from The Canada Energy Regulator: fossil fuel use will fall by 62% in Canada by 2050. We’re making progress, the work continues!” he tweeted.

The forecast calls for Canadian crude oil production to peak at 5.8 million barrels per day in 2032, and then to decline to reach 4.8 million barrels per day in 2050.

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  1. Leslie Solar

    January 13, 2022 at 12:05 am

    All of this BS has been debunked over the years–amazing how it just gets recycled and sometimes renamed over the years, by the Democrats or other Leftists. In “quick and dirty” summation:

    1) Ethanol. usually made from Corn in the USA. Studies have shown that it takes more ENERGY to make than you get back when using ethanol as a fuel. That typically means using diesel or gas in a tractor, plus the fertilizer, and etc. Usually a political boondoggle to win the votes of US farmers. Makes a modicum of sense when used as an octane enhancer with gasoline (usually a volume of 5% to 15%–it is very corrosive and you need high quality stainless steel tanks and hoses if you are going to use it.

    2) Solar panels. Not cost effective, even when the sun shines regularly. More pollution and nasty by-products from the manufacture than if you were just using natural gas via drilling a well. Cant be used for base load applications. Only make sense for the producer if government is seriously subsidizing it. China at the moment has huge plants for making solar panels that are totally idled.

    3) Windmills. Similar problems to Solar panels. Energy and “emissions” during their construction. Need to be disposed of after their useful life has ended. Kill birds. Ugly to look at, and often ruin natural beauty since that is where there is a bit of wind to drive them. Not cost effective. Unreliable depending on winds, dont produce much electricity relative to other sources, so cant be used for base load applications. Ontario has been involved in the boondoggle for years and has lost money continuously dumping this electricity into the USA at a loss.

    4) Nuclear. The elephant in the room that somehow never gets talked about. If there really was a problem of global warming (and there is not), this would be a viable way to produce all or part of our electrical needs. It also would mean we need less transmission infrastructure, as relatively small self-contained units could power, say, the oilsands in Alberta, very close to where that power is needed. The globalists have denigrated this source, as it doesnt fit with their New World Order plans. Can be used for base load applications, as not dependent on the wind blowing or the sun shining. It would also mean less CO2 “emissions”, causing less global warming (if you were to actually believe in this debunked bullshit.)

  2. Left Coast

    January 12, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Two completely idiotic Statements that have already failed all over the world . . .

    “Electricity use could rise by as much 45% as people change over to electric vehicles.
    The report predicts wind and solar power will be used to help meet the rise in demand.”

    EVs are going to be a complete bust . . . first they are not going to be able to build the numbers they would need because of scarce resources. Secondly they will not work for the majority of people, unless you can afford more than one vehicle.

    Growing the Electric Grid with Toxic Solar Panels and Useless Windmills is folly. We could be just like California with Brown Outs and Blackouts because Part-Time Energy is never a solution to anything. So the idea that Millions of dumb Canooks can just plug in their EVs is going to be fun to watch.

    For every 4 people who buy a Tesla, 1 of them or 25%, replace it with a Gas powered vehicle next time.

  3. Gordon

    December 12, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Do you remember when Trudeau was fudging things up with Kinder Morgan. They moved the Energy Board from Calgary to Ottawa, installed liberal party lackeys from Ontario and Quebec to tell Alberta how to manage her energy resources.
    This report has the dirty fingerprints of Butts and Guilbeualt all over it.
    Very suspect at best.

  4. Jack Masterman

    December 11, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Who is this “Canada Energy Regulator”? I don’t believe a word of this report.

    Do the Liberals have some plan to insure we don’t use fossil fuels? Will we have to use a passport to fill our car or truck with gas, heat our home and will fuels be rationed?

  5. Jack of all Trades

    December 10, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    A 62% drop by 2025?
    Start buying blankets and candles!!!!
    Or better, get the hell out of dodge, if you’re allowed to travel.

  6. Non-Compliant Alberta Separatist

    December 10, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    My guess is that the Energy Report was written by someone in the LIEberal party.

    Total Lies.

    Unless you push the planet Earth a few billion Kilometers closer to the Sun, or you change the magnetic pole so that the equator runs through the 50th parallel North (approximately Vancouver, BC, Canada) and 60th parallel North (the closest line of latitude to the start of Yukon’s western boundary with Alaska), the weather will not be changing sufficiently to offset the need to heat Canadian homes in winter.

    If you think the heaviest user of Fossil Fuels is “personal automobiles”, you’re a complete idiot. See for yourself: https://www.cer-rec.gc.ca/en/data-analysis/energy-markets/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles-alberta.html

    Utter lies from LIEberals and leftist nutbars

  7. Dennis

    December 10, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Sounds like somebody’s been sniffing H2S. 1st thing that goes is your ability to think.

  8. Peter No

    December 10, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    K,
    Iy is “AND”, not “OR”

  9. K

    December 10, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    How exactly? Have you seen how big this country is? And with crippling inflation, no one can afford your EVs.

    Unless they remove our freedom to drive, which they would probably love to.

    Or perhaps you expect there will be a significantly SMALLER POPULATION due to untested medication?

  10. Claudette Leece

    December 10, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Peter No they will import thousands of immigrants, compliant ones to Canada, that’s how they will.deal with that

  11. Peter No

    December 10, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Of course oil consumption will drop! Canadian government is successfully killing our economy and jobs, “phasing out” air travel and cars. Primitive and depopulated Canada will not need petrol at all! Except fuel for private jets for every “elected” official, their numerous mansions and motorized armed security.

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Energy report tells feds to incentivize moves away from oil

The IEA calls for the Canadian government to creating transparent changes to the oil and gas industry but incentivizing technology changes and creating emergency oil stocks.

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A new report says Canada should further invest in clean in electricity and that our country is already among the cleanest energy production in the world.

The International Energy Analysis (IEA) came out with a report outlining recommendations for Canada’s energy future, including balanced decarbonization across the country.

That means higher coordination between federal, provincial and territorial levels to set clear targets for energy efficiency in buildings, transport and industry sectors.

The IEA calls for the Canadian government to create transparent changes to the oil and gas industry but incentivizing technology changes and creating emergency oil stocks.

Canada’s electricity system is one of the cleanest globally according to the IEA report, as 80% of supply is from non-emitting sources such as hydropower and nuclear power.

“Canada’s wealth of clean electricity and its innovative spirit can help drive a secure and affordable transformation of its energy system and help realize its ambitious goals,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.

“Equally important, Canada’s efforts to reduce emissions — of both carbon dioxide and methane — from its oil and gas production can help ensure its continued place as a reliable supplier of energy to the world.”

The report follows Environmental Minister Steven Guildbeault’s announcement for Canada to be ready to eliminate fossil fuels in 18 months, with zero-emission cars and stricter methane regulations.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole expressed concern on Twitter with the zero emission plans, calling attention to the need to invest in the oil sector rather than turn away from it.

Energy makes up over 10% of Canada’s GDP, being a major source of capital investment, export revenue and jobs, making the net-zero goals both a challenge and opportunity.

Since the last IEA review in 2015, Canada has made international and domestic commitments dedicated to transforming the energy sector, including a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40‑45% by 2030.

Canada is also a part of the United Nations zero-emission 2050 target that involves over 130 countries worldwide.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard.
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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O’Toole mocks Guilbeault’s two-year fossil fuel plan

Full implementation of this ethanol use would create a 60% increase in heating a home, according to the advocacy group Canadians for Affordable Energy.

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The federal cabinet is planning to phase out the use of fossil fuels in the next 18 months, but didn’t mention how much Canadians rely on fossil fuels and what costs this initiative entails.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said in the next two years Canadians should also see more stringent methane regulations and zero-emission vehicle standards.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was opposed to the proposition, and highlighted the need for using Canada’s fossil fuel industry and supporting those who work in it.

“Canada is a cold country. We need fossil fuels, natural gas, to heat our homes,” said O’Toole in a video standing in front of a freezing cold House of Commons.

O’Toole tweet

“Someone so disconnected from reality that he’s making policy that will hurt our country. Division and absolute disconnect from reality.”

Guilbeault stressed the need for faster action on environmental initiatives by the Liberal government.

“I mean, maybe 2024, but that’s the type of time frame we have to work with and it’s going to be tough because on the one hand, some people are going to criticize us for not giving them enough time to be consulted, but the state of climate change is such that we need to learn to do things faster and that’s certainly true of us as a government,” he said.

Guilbeault acknowledged many of his proposed environmental actions will cause significant costs to consumers, but stated the luxury of waiting to make environmental changes is something Canadians don’t have any more.

The Clean Fuel Standard, implemented in 2021, mandated higher use of renewable energy in everyday consumption which includes tripling expensive ethanol content in gasoline and increasing carbon taxes.

Full implementation of the ethanol use would create a 60% increase in heating a home, according to the advocacy group Canadians for Affordable Energy.

Guilbeault complained about regulators taking too long to finalize the Clean Fuel Standard, as the regulation took five years to finalize and implement.

“One of the things I told stakeholders when I was in Toronto recently and then in Calgary, one of the things I told the department as well is we don’t have that luxury anymore,” said Guilbeault.

“We don’t have five years to consult every time we want to introduce a new measure.”

Canada’s two major parties are opposing on the matter.

O’Toole ended his statements on Twitter saying the Conservative party will keep fighting to keep Canadians warm and fossil fuel jobs safe.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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Lifting of Alberta’s curtailment policy good news for oil producers

Curtailment rules were initially put in place to protect the value of Alberta’s oil by aligning production with export capacity.

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Minister of Energy Sonya Savage said Alberta’s current oil supply management policy for producers will be allowed to expire on December 31.  

“Curtailment rules and production limits are not needed at this time,” said Savage.

“In fact, no production limit has been set or enforced since December 2020. The market is now working as it should: oil production has reached pre-pandemic levels, but is within export capacity, and storage levels are expected to remain within the normal range of operations.”

Curtailment rules were enacted on Jan. 1, 2019, to curb oversupply of crude oil in storage, resulting in a significant price differential between Western Canadian Select and West Texas Intermediate oil contracts.

“The current curtailment policy will be allowed to expire on December 31. This is good news for Alberta’s oil producers and the economy,” said Savage. 

“This is in large part because Enbridge’s Line 3 is now online and operational and the Trans Mountain Expansion is expected to come online in early 2023.”

Savage said limits on oil production were intended to be temporary measures “when storage levels were high and there were significant pipeline constraints.”

Curtailment rules were initially put in place to protect the value of Alberta’s oil by aligning production with export capacity.

 “However, the curtailment mechanism also created short-term operational and long-term investment uncertainty for the oil industry,” said Savage.

“The Alberta government is now providing operators with the confidence that production will not be limited moving forward. We will continue to monitor production, inventories, pipeline capacity and rail shipments to ensure that production does not exceed what the province can export.

“However, all forecasts indicate the regulatory authority to curtail oil production is unnecessary as Alberta’s economy continues its strong recovery.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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