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Orphan wells: Alberta’s $47 billion problem

The Western Producer / Barb Glen / 22 March 2018

“It’s been my concern for many years, as an advocate for landowners and farmers, that diligence by government and the oil industry was required to ensure that farmers and ranchers don’t get left with the legacy problems of old oil and gas wells,” said Keith Wilson, a lawyer known for his work on property rights.

He quoted a report by the C.D. Howe Institute that estimates more than 155,000 Alberta energy wells have no economic potential and will eventually require reclamation.

He also quoted Orphan Well Association figures that it costs an average of $304,448 to reclaim a well.

That math leads to a big number: $47.19 billion in future reclamation costs.

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10 handy facts about Canadian energy

DesmogCanada / James Wilt / 01 May 2018

Every day, we’re assailed with dozens of facts and figures about energy issues in Canada: how many jobs or royalties will come from a new pipeline, the annual growth rate of renewables, our per-person energy consumption.

But it’s often tricky to decipher truth from fiction.

That’s where the new 176-page encyclopedic report by veteran earth scientist and expert in coal and unconventional fuels David Hughes is meant to come in.

“Hopefully what it does is it provides the foundation of facts,” Hughes said in an interview with DeSmog Canada. “There’s a lot of rhetoric when it comes to energy. I wanted to make that quantitative so we actually had that bottom line of facts, rather than conjecture. I’m not trying to be prescriptive. I don’t have a magic answer. But I think we need to start with the facts.”

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The future ain’t what it used to be

Peak Prosperity / Chris Martenson / 30 March 2018

This marks our 10th year of doing this. And by “this”, we mean using data, logic and reason to support the very basic conclusion that infinite growth on a finite planet is impossible.

Surprisingly, this simple, rational idea — despite its huge and fast-growing pile of corroborating evidence — still encounters tremendous pushback from society. Why? Because it runs afoul of most people’s deep-seated belief systems.

Our decade of experience delivering this message has hammered home what behavioral scientists have been telling us for years — that, with rare exceptions, we humans are not rational. We’re rationalizers. We try to force our perception of reality to fit our beliefs; rather than the other way around.

Which is why the vast amount of grief, angst and encroaching dread that most people feel in western cultures today is likely due to the fact that, deep down, whether we’re willing to admit it to ourselves or not, everybody already knows the truth: Our way of life is unsustainable.

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Death of democracy

PCI Messenger / March 2018

Major societal transitions are often messy, unpleasant, and full of uncertainty. There’s little doubt left that we, as a society, are in the throes of transition, the cause of which many have pinned on the Trump presidency—and for good reason: it’s messy, unpleasant, and full of uncertainty. But in his recent, in-depth, three-part series, Richard Heinberg argues that Trump is merely a symptom, rather than an instigator, of the destruction of our old systems. Part one considers the true source of system collapse; part two explores a surprising connection between some far left progressives and mainstream conservatives on Russia; and part three considers our best options moving forward as environmental activists. We know there’s no shortage of Trump coverage, but what Richard offers with this piece is a larger perspective, which we hope is actually useful, unlike news about the latest developments in whatever scandal Trump is embroiled in today.

We need a richer picture of the human ‘economy’

Paul Arbair / 17 February 2018

Mainstream economics seems to have learned little and changed nothing in the last decade, despite the fact that the financial crisis and its aftermath laid bare a number of important issues with its theories and models. Failure to address these issues is making the economics discipline increasingly incapable of informing us about the trajectory and situation of our world.

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As climate changes, we need the arts more than ever

Ensia / Richard Heinberg / 01 February 2018

As we move closer to what surely will be unprecedented ecological, economic and social disruption, meaningful art can and must express the turmoil we encounter and help us process it intellectually and emotionally.

In this sense, our need for truly great artists has never been keener.

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