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Energy Security Forum


Energy security entails a wide array of political, economic, social, environmental, and trade-related factors. The CGAI’s Energy Security Forum highlights the multi-faceted and ever-changing landscape of energy security in Canada. This forum is a space for CGAI fellows, staff, and other commentators to discuss the increasingly salient and timely issue of global energy security.

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CGAI Papers

2021 CGAI Papers

2020 CGAI Papers

2019 CGAI Papers

2017 CGAI Papers


2021 Podcasts

2020 Podcasts

2019 Podcasts

2018 Podcasts

2017 Podcasts


2021 Commentaries

Common Ground: Why Russia and Canada Should Cooperate in the Arctic by Andrea Charron, Carnegie Moscow Center, July 26, 2021

The Real-Life Risks of Our Digital World by Robert Muggah, Foreign Policy, July 10, 2021

This fall’s ballot question: What does your climate policy cost? by Jack Mintz, Financial Post, July 2, 2021

It’ll take a supercharged national effort to get Canadians driving EV by Clara Clairman and Brian Kingston, National Observer, June 30, 2021

Canada’s climate plan charts hard road ahead for high-polluting oil sands by Rod Nickel and Nia Williams (feat. Kevin Birn), Reuters, June 22, 2021

EV/AV Report by Collision Repair Mag (feat. Brian Kingston), Collision Repair Mag, June 18, 2021

Net zero global emissions by 2050? The IEA’s outlook is unrealistic by Ellen Wald, The Hill, May 27, 2021

Suez accident: Japanese shippers look for new ways to Europe by Julian Ryall (feat. Stephen Nagy), Deutsche Welle, May 19, 2021

Canada’s oil sector recovery to lag behind price surge by Nelson Bennett (feat. Kevin Birn), Business in Vancouver, May 18, 2021

Canadian oilpatch ‘confident’ IEA will alter dire warning on oil and gas once emissions tech gains ground by Gabriel Friedman (feat. Kevin Birn), Financial Post, May 18, 2021

Impacts of cyberattack on U.S. pipeline company a ‘wake-up call’ for everyone, says national pipeline association by Jeff Labine (feat. Tom Keenan), Edmonton Journal, May 17, 2021

Biden should step up for Canada on Line 5 by Lawrence Herman, The Globe and Mail, May 13, 2021

Canada must act fast to benefit from America’s shift to electric cars by Brian Kingston and David Adams, iPolitics, May 12, 2021

The sense of urgency around climate change is trending up by Monica Gattinger and Nik Nanos, Maclean’s, April 8, 2021

The future is climate security by Andrew Pickford and Roger Hilton, New Europe, March 19, 2021

How a GHG ruling could affect import tax by Lawrence Herman, The Globe and Mail, March 17, 2021

On Energy, Roadmap For a Renewed Canada-U.S. Partnership Is Incomplete by Monica Gattinger, Daily Oil Bulletin, March 15, 2021

Biden broke the Keystone permit, now Trudeau should insist he pay for it by Dennis McConnaghy, Calgary Herald, March 12, 2021

How is Nuclear Energy Like Immigration and Free Trade? by John Stewart, Max Bell School of Public Policy, March 1, 2021

In West Africa, Climate Change Equals Conflictby Robert Muggah, Foreign Policy, February 18, 2021

Ready to Respond: The Electricity Sector and Evolving Cyber Threats by Leah Michalopulos, January 19, 2021


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2021 Media Links

TC Energy to switch to green power to run N. American energy pipelines by Nia Williams (feat. Kevin Birn), Reuters, July 29, 2021

Joe Biden’s tougher Buy American rules raise fears among Canadian business owners by Adrian Morrow (feat. Mark Agnew), The Globe and Mail, July 28, 2021

The Road to 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2035 by Larysa Harapyn (feat. Brian Kingston), Financial Post, July 20, 2021

Canada’s zero-emission vehicle goals parked for now by John Woodside (feat. Brian Kingston), Toronto Star, July 15, 2021

Metro Vancouver saw 15 times more heat wave deaths than estimated during unprecedented alert by Penny Daflos (feat. Heidi Tworek), CTV News, July 14, 2021

Feds’ 2035 green cars promise leaves unanswered questions, say auto associations by Peter Mazereeuw (feat. Brian Kingston), The Hill Times, July 12, 2021

A ‘long and expensive’ challenge: Alberta to join TC Energy’s $15B NAFTA claim over Keystone XL rejection by Geoffrey Morgan (feat. Lawrence Herman), Kingston This Week, July 9, 2021

New Brunswickers can now receive up to $10,000 in EV rebates by Greg Layson (feat. Brian Kingston), Automotive News Canada, July 8, 2021

Trump is long gone, but trade frictions remain for U.S. and Canada by David J. Lynch (feat. Eric Miller and Roy Norton), The Washington Post, July 7, 2021

A ‘long and expensive’ challenge: Alberta to join TC Energy’s $15B NAFTA claim over Keystone XL rejection by Geoffrey Morgan (feat. Lawrence Herman), Financial Post, July 7, 2021

After scuttling Keystone XL, Biden won’t oppose Russian gas pipeline by Gary Park (feat. Lawrence Herman), Petroleum News, July 1, 2021

Behold the rise and rise of the UAE by Jonathan Gorvett (feat. Thomas Juneau), Asia Times, June 27, 2021

Canada’s crude oil production going gangbusters by The Canadian Press (feat. Kevin Birn), National Observer, June 15, 2021

Greater pricing power to help Canadian exporters withstand loonie surge by Fergal Smith (feat. Brian Kingston), Financial Post, June 11, 2021

U.S. lawmarkers planning economic battle with China have some questions – about Canada by Alexander Panetta (feat. Eric Miller), CBC News, June 11, 2021

Keystone XL is dead, but the inconvenient truth is pipelines are still needed by Chris Varcoe (feat. Kevin Birn), Calgary Herald, June 11, 2021

Keystone XL is cancelled – so now what? by Tony Seskus (feat. Dennis McConnaghy), CBC News, June 10, 2021

Embattled Keystone XL pipeline continues to divide experts – even post-mortem by The Canadian Press (feat. Dennis McConnaghy), 570 News, June 10, 2021

Iran : à Vienne, nouveau cycle de négociations autour du nucléaire sur fond de présidentielle Iran: In Vienna, a new round of negotiations on nuclear with presidential elections in the background par/by Nicolas Falez (avec/feat. Thomas Juneau), Rfi, June 7, 2021

How will scope three emissions work in practice? by Peter Ramsay (feat. Kevin Birn), Transition Economist, June 7, 2021

Installed Keystone XL pipe will remain underground, for now by Kyle Bakx (feat. Dennis McConaghy), CBC News, June 3, 2021

Head of coal-mining panel says Albertans’ trust in resource regulators to be examined by Bob Weber (feat. Ron Wallace), CBC News, May 31, 2021

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Threatens Shutdown of Great Lakes Oil Pipeline by Leslie Eastman (feat. Lawrence Herman), Legal Insurrection, May 13, 2021

Enbridge will continue operating Line 5 until a court stops them by Tyson Fedor (feat. Kevin Birn), CTV News, May 12, 2021

Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Exposes Vulnerabilities in Critical Infrastructure by Omid Ghoreishi (feat. Tom Keenan), Epoch Times, May 12, 2021

Michigan orders closure of pipeline in escalating dispute with Canada by Leyland Cecco (feat. Lawrence Herman), The Guardian, May 11, 2021

Is nuclear energy like immigration and free trade? by Markham Hislop (feat. John Stewart), Energi Media, May 11, 2021

Battle over pipelines never seem to end as Line 5 deadline looms by Chris Varcoe (feat. Kevin Birn), The Calgary Herald, May 8, 2021

Cross-border impasse over Line 5 pipeline much more than mere political and environmental squabble by John Ibbitson (feat. Roy Norton), The Globe and Mail, May 6, 2021

What’s in a name change? Plenty for Canada’s drillers and cattle sector by Chris Varcoe (feat. Fawn Jackson), Calgary Herald, March 31 2021

Alberta announces committee to consult public on future coal mining policy by Charles Rusnell (feat. Ron Wallace), CBC News, March 29, 2021

U.S. lawsuit means Keystone XL pipeline still has a pulse – a faint one by Chris Varcoe (feat. Dennis McConaghy), Calgary Herald, March 19, 2021

Canada has ‘right ingredients’ to be a EV world leader by Larysa Harapyn (feat. Brian Kingston), Financial Post, March 16, 2021

Canada ready to do battle over future of Line 5, citing energy security threat by Gary Park (feat. Lawrence Herman), Petroleum News, March 14, 2021

Texas deep freeze the latest jolt as volatile oil markets markets recover from 2020 by Tony Seskus (feat. Kevin Birn), CBC News, February 20, 2021

Imperial, Suncor make contingency plans despite ‘low probability’ of Line 5 shutdown by Dan Healing (feat. Dennis McConaghy), Global News, February 11, 2021

China oil giant CNOOC beats Canadians in oil sands emission cuts by Robert Tuttle (feat. Kevin Birn), BNN Bloomberg, February 10, 2021

Why GM’s switch to electric vehicles may be more important for the oilpatch than Keystone XL’s cancellation by Tony Seskus (feat. Brian Kingston), CBC News, February 10, 2021

Crude-by-rail stages comeback as oilsands production recovers – and grows by Chris Varcoe (feat. Kevin Birn), Calgary Herald, February 10, 2021

TransMountain expansion resumes after long shutdown by David Thurton (feat. Dennis McConaghy), CBC News, February 8, 2021

Why there's now a push to secure the future of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline by Elise von Scheel (feat. Kelly Ogle), CBC, February 5, 2021

Argument for TMX ‘even stronger’ after KXL permit revoked: minister of natural resources by Stephanie Thomas (feat. Kevin Birn), CTV News, January 31, 2021

Kenney’s comments on Keystone XL won’t hobble Ottawa’s negotiations on other bilateral files, say experts by Palak Mangat (feat. Sarah Goldfeder), The Hill Times, January 29, 2021

‘It’s a big threat’: U.S. aims to shut down another cross-border pipeline – Line 5 to Ontario by Jesse Snyder (feat. Sarah Goldfeder), Kingston This Week, January 28, 2021

Analysts see hope in Biden executive order for B.C.-Washington trade and connections by Derrick Penner (feat. Laurie Trautman), Vancouver Sun, January 27, 2021

Trudeau government looks to continental energy strategy in wake of Keystone cancellation by Elise von Scheel (feat. Heidi Tworek), CBC News, January 27, 2021

Why China Plans to Place Its Super Offshore Oil Rig in a Disputed Sea by Ralph Jennings (feat. Stephen Nagy), VOA, January 25, 2021

Threats of a trade fight won’t work – only jobs offer a ‘faint hope’ for Keystone XL by Chris Varcoe (feat. Colin Robertson), Calgary Herald, January 23, 2021

How political symbolism brought down Keystone XL by Aaron Wherry (feat. Colin Robertson), CBC News, January 23, 2021

Trump’s legacy leaves Arctic with fewer environmental protections and more risk of conflict, say experts by John Last (feat. Rob Huebert and Andrea Charron), CBC News, January 21, 2021

Biden’s push for EV revolution is a ‘win’ for Canada: Policy Analyst by BNN Bloomberg (feat. Eric Miller), BNN Bloomberg, January 20, 2021

New US Arctic strategies ignore climate risks in focus on geopolitics, experts say by Melody Schreiber (feat. Tim Choi), Arctic Today, January 20, 2021

From Alberta’s oilsands to tariffs, how Biden’s presidency could change Canada by Graham Slaughter, Ryan Flanagan, and Rachel Aiello (feat. Sarah Goldfeder, Stephen Saideman, and Laurie Trautman), CTV News, January 20, 2021

Canada mounts final plea for Keystone XL, as prospects dim for Alberta’s investment by Chris Varcoe (feat. Colin Robertson), Calgary Herald, January 20, 2021

Biden’s plan to cancel Keystone pipeline signals a rocky start with Canada by Amanda Coletta (feat. Eric Miller), Washington Post, January 19, 2021

Alberta urges Trudeau to press Biden, save Keystone XL pipeline by Reuters (feat. Dennis McConaghy), BOE Report, January 19, 2021

Cancelled Keystone XL pipeline expansion won’t lessen oil dependency, experts say by The Canadian Press (feat. Dennis McConaghy), Toronto Star, January 18, 2021

An outright ‘No’: Biden Day 1 Keystone XL kibosh bodes ill for Canada-U.S. ties by James McCarten (feat. Eric Miller), CTV News, January 18, 2021

Biden indicates plans to cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit on 1st day in office, sources confirm by Kyle Bakx (feat. Dennis McConaghy), CBC News, January 17, 2021

Canada’s pipeline capacity woes slashed at least $14 billion from oil producers’ bottom line by Deborah Jaremko (feat. Kevin Birn), Energy Now, January 16, 2021

How the Keystone XL pipeline could – just maybe – find a path forward under Joe Biden by Tony Seskus (feat. Dennis McConaghy), CBC, January 12, 2021

Canadians’ appetite for climate action growing, but beware of polarization by Monica Gattinger, The Hill Times, January 7, 2021

Kenney pushes for Keystone XL, but acknowledges ‘significant writedown’ looms if Biden rejects pipeline by Chris Varcoe (feat. Kevin Birn), Calgary Herald, January 6, 2021

Alberta oil sands will be focused on financial discipline, free cash flow: IHS Markit by Kevin M. Baerson (feat. Kevin Birn), BNN Bloomberg, January 4, 2021

The Trans Mountain project faces a year of challenges and opportunities by David Thurton (feat. Dennis McConaghy), CBC, January 4, 2021

How the auto industry can help fight climate change by Brian Kingston, iPolitics, January 4, 2021


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by Global News Morning (feat. Heidi Tworek), Global News, July 29, 2021

China ‘demands’ on Taiwan, regional issues seek to constrain US action

by Sarah Zheng (feat. Stephen Nagy), South China Morning Post, July 29, 2021

Canada approved deal to sell $74-million worth of explosives to Saudi Arabia

by Steven Chase (feat. Thomas Juneau), The Globe and Mail, July 27, 2021

Diplomatie Canada-États-unis : qu’est-ce qui fait un bon ambassadeur?

par Olivier Mercure (avec Ferry de Kerckhove), Y a pas deux matins pareils, July 27, 2021

COVID-19: Province shifting vax strategy to reach those without a dose

by Tyler Orton (feat. Heidi Tworek), Business in Vancouver, July 27, 2021

Point Roberts businesses say border situation worst possible outcome

by Nicole Jennings (feat. Laurie Trautman), MyNorthwest, July 23, 2021

Canada offers ‘path to protection’ for Afghan aides

by Aidan Chamandy (feat. Denis Thompson), iPolitics, July 23, 2021

U.S. extends Canada border restrictions through Aug. 21

by Alex Harring (feat. Laurie Trautman), American Military News, July 22, 2021

How Justin Trudeau One-Upped Joe Biden

by Michael Bociurkiw (feat. Colin Robertson), Action News Now, July 20, 2021


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