Archive for the ‘Profit’ Category

“Fracking” error

Monday, June 6th, 2011

In the interest of honest science I need to correct what I wrote last about the propagation of fractures in deep rock formations resulting from hydraulic fracturing. Thanks to friend of the blog Dan P. for this data. According to Dan’s work and study of the literature, which I find compelling enough to quote, “all [...]

Groundwater safe from fracs

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The technicalities of shale gas may interest some of you as much as the drying of latex paint or the growth of Kentucky blue grass. Certainly the U.S. customs official looked bemused when he asked why I was travelling, and I answered “shale gas conference”. That said, the amount of gas now believed producible from [...]

Confessions of a former news junkie

Friday, April 1st, 2011

I grew up with a kind of reverence for the news. On a car ride there’d be a loud shushing at the beginning of each radio newscast. The daily paper was held sacrosanct until the family elders had had a chance to digest it all. By university I was listening to or watching perhaps four [...]

Industry PR fiasco continues

Monday, March 21st, 2011

I wasn’t in the Great Republic  more than 12 hours when I was, unfortunately, reminded of my industry’s dismal PR record.  U.S.A. Today, arguably the country’s largest circulation daily at around two million, had an editorial on the oil sands. The editorial itself was essentially favourable, or at least balanced. It mentions that the Keystone [...]

Same Bruins, same league

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

How bad can something be that one agrees with the Globe and Mail? Well, those of you who, like me and my 11-year-old daughter, sat through the distressing and sickening spectacle last night of Montreal Canadien Max Pacioretty lying unconscious on the ice may just be there. With 15 seconds left in the second period, [...]


Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

There is no humour in the deadly earthquake that his Christchurch last month. New Zealand, for all its beauty, is in a seismically active region. Tectonic plates are colliding, with fatal consequences. No one is looking to blame the Kiwi quake on anyone, save perhaps the Creator. Not so the apparent recent increase in seismic activity [...]

Secular Sabbath revisited

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

When Michelle Obama recently underscored the fact that the First Daughters are not on Facebook it revealed what I think is an under-reported fact – that many people are struggling to find appropriate boundaries for the technology in our lives. My own views on the subject are probably best described as quasi-Luddite. I guess I [...]

Eat the whole pig

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Meat is back. Well, if it’s not a “consensus”, then at least a number of right-eating opinion leaders and gastronomic stars are pushing back against the watercress and shrinking footprint crowd. Once limited to the unreconstructed traditionalists and Atkins Dieters, meat eating is now almost fashionable. Near the forefront of this movement is gonzo-chef Anthony [...]

Greed or envy? Pick your sin.

Monday, January 10th, 2011

If we absurdly reduce the deadly sins of the Right and Left to one each, one arguably comes up with “greed” on the one hand and “envy” on the other. I couldn’t help thinking that when skimming last week’s debate between the Post’s Kelly McParland and one of their stable of mainstreamers, John Moore. Not [...]

Ethical oil

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

I had the pleasure to hear Ezra Levant speak yesterday morning at a breakfast sponsored by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. He was promoting his new book, Ethical Oil, a defence of Canada’s oil sands. I’ve known Ezra for (can it be?) 20 years and he is today as skilled a polemicist as he [...]