Shipping Oil, Uniting Canadians: My Opinion Piece in the National Post

Posted August 6th, 2014 in blog, Op-Ed by Doug Black


Alberta’s energy resources can benefit every Canadian, and I believe that expanding market access is the single most urgent and important economic challenge facing Alberta and Canada today.

In July, I traveled to Vancouver and Prince Rupert so that I could learn firsthand what the concerns are in British Columbia. From my conversations with First Nations, government and business leaders, I discovered there are two important, inter-related issues that must be addressed.

In today’s National Post, I outline these two issues and talk about what needs to be done to reach a consensus. You can read my piece below. You can also find out more about my energy priorities here. Continue Reading »

Business leaders address President Obama to approve Keystone XL

Posted October 11th, 2013 in blog by Doug Black


Cenovus Christina Lake In Situ Drilling

Cenovus Christina Lake In Situ Drilling

In an Oct. 9 letter, top American business leaders urged President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Over 160 CEOs across all sectors and industries, including¬† Marijn Dekkers of Bayer AG, Randall Stephenson of AT&T and Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric, signed the letter, expressing “strong support” for the pipeline.

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Letter to the Editor: Celebrities distorting truth (Edmonton Journal)

Posted September 13th, 2013 in Article, blog, Letter by Doug Black
Fort McMurray: Hiroshima?

Fort McMurray: Hiroshima?

Re: “Young pans Keystone, likens Fort McMurray to Hiroshima,” the Journal, Sept. 11.

As a senator representing Alberta, I know the citizens of our province value and respect the environment as much as anyone. We are committed to minimizing the impact of energy development and are making significant progress.

Although we’re proud of our environmental record, there is no question there’s more to be¬†done. There always is. We’ve embraced this challenge with determination and a commitment to innovative thinking and sustainable practice. This is the Alberta way.

It is frustrating and disappointing to hear celebrities make disparaging remarks about our home. These kinds of comments don’t reflect the truth – they only distort.

Those who wish to mislead us should know that Albertans and Canadians aren’t fooled. Energy development creates incredible opportunities to invest in our society – in education, health and infrastructure – and we’ll continue to strive for excellence in protecting our treasured natural environment.

Sen. Doug Black, Ottawa