Secretary Clinton Announces New Energy Partnerships

April 16, 2010

Remarks made by Secretary Clinton yesterday at the InterAmerican Development Bank on the occasion of the preparatory meetings of the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas. Video is also available.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, thank you very much, Luis Alberto, and to everyone here at IDB. Thank you for hosting this important gathering. And I am delighted to see so many friends in the audience representing not only the important work that we talk about today, but the partnership across our hemisphere. And I know that Secretary Chu spoke with you this morning and someone’s already told me that he was the funniest physicist you’ve ever heard from. (Laughter.) And I have to agree, probably the funniest Nobel Prize Laureate as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Shell and Cosan — oil and ethanol merger will deliver cellulosic ethanol from sugar cane

February 17, 2010

An exclusive post that connects to work CIGI’s Portal for North America conducted a few years ago. NOTE: after this article was published I spoke (Feb, 18 at 2:00PM EST) to Iogen who clarified some points. The edits/comments appear in bold.

Early this month, in a transaction estimated at US$12 billion, oil super-major Royal Dutch Shell and Cosan, one of Brazil’s (and the world’s) largest ethanol and sugar processors, agreed  to merge their respective Brazilian ethanol and fuel distribution businesses. The deal alone is noteworthy: it opens global distribution markets to Brazilian ethanol and makes Shell a major player in the ethanol market. Even more interesting, however, is the new joint venture’s (JV) position in second generation ethanol production. The JV will own a 50 percent stake in Canada’s Iogen – a global leader in the production of cellulosic ethanol (Shell’s 50 percent joint venture is in Iogen Energy and not Iogen Corp), and a 14.7 percent interest in California’s Codexis, a top developer of clean biocatalytic process technologies. All stand to gain from this transaction… except, perhaps, Canadian tax payers… Read the rest of this entry »


As we scramble to help Haiti, we see the seeds of a new unity in the Americas

January 20, 2010

This article was published by Canada’s Globe and Mail as a web-exclusive.

It is impossible not to be moved by the desperate scenes of death and destruction in Haiti. That such devastation should befall a country that has known nothing but hardship for decades tests the faith of even the truest of believers. And yet, out of the ashes, a phoenix may rise. For it is human nature to rally, come together and confront adversity. And as the nations of the western hemisphere scramble to provide aid and figure out how to co-operate in the reconstruction, the seeds of a new western unity may be planted. Read the rest of this entry >>


Castro’s Favourite Capitalist

November 11, 2009

Will Sherritt International come to regret dealing with Communist Cuba? CEO Ian Delaney doesn’t think so. This article by Rachel Pulfer, was published in the December issue of Walrus Magazine.

The sun is rising over Old Havana, but the man standing at the balcony rail is in the shade. He gazes out over the city’s crumbling rooftops but seems oblivious to the sun-washed beauty of the harbour. His stare is blank, disengaged. He will give only his first name, Rodolfo. He is the operator of the camera obscura. One of many curiosities in the old port, the centuries-old technology uses a system of mirrors to project a 360-degree view of the exterior onto a bowl-shaped interior screen. Fidel Castro reportedly had the camera installed to ensure that he could see all parts of Havana from a protected vantage point. It’s now a tourist attraction. See the rest of the entry >>


California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard hit the Energy Sector

October 18, 2009

This policy brief, which will be followed by two companion pieces, was commissioned by Oxford Analytica. The two other pieces, one dealing with the impact on Alberta’s oil sands and the other on Brazil potential ethanol exports will be posted in the next few days.

SUBJECT: The impact of the California Air Resources Board’s new fuel lifecycle assessment rules on the energy industry in North America. Read the rest of this entry »


The Three Amigos Summit tell the Canadian Story: Creative Destruction or Simply Self-Destruction?

August 11, 2009

Stephen Clarkson, guest contributor

The North American leaders’ summit gives us the first set of publicly observable results by which to judge the Canadian government’s new policy for the continent. Read the rest of this entry »


North American Leaders’ Declaration on Climate Change and Clean Energy

August 10, 2009

Courtesy of the White House

We, the leaders of North American reaffirm the urgency and necessity of taking aggressive action on climate change. We stress that the experience developed during the last 15 years in the North American region on environmental cooperation, sustainable development, and clean energy research, development, and deployment constitutes a valuable platform for climate change action, and we resolve to make use of the opportunities offered by existing bilateral and trilateral institutions. Read the rest of this entry »