Have you heard of the renewable energy the hemp plant is able to produce. With the cannabis demand in canada, we are growing it more than ever and we can used the entirety of the plant to produce various products. Oil is one of these products. We need to concentrate on new forms of energy, and we should keep fossil fuels where they belong – underground. My question is, why are the fuel companies scared to explore the numerous avenues of renewable energy? – Kenny, Dieppe, New Brunswick

Hi Kenny,

Thanks for your thoughts and question. We have heard about hemp as source of energy. It’s not our area of expertise, so we can’t speak to the specifics of your comment. The Government of Canada may have some additional information if you are interested.

However, we can answer your question about pipeline companies exploring renewable energy. They absolutely do. Here’s an example of one of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association members, Enbridge, and some of the sustainable energy they are investing in: https://www.aboutpipelines.com/en/blog/how-one-cepa-member-is-delivering-sustainable-energy-choices-for-canadians/.

Enbridge is just one example. A recent article in CBC featured an interview with a former World Bank executive who said that some of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world are making billion dollar investments in renewables. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/renewable-energy-oil-1.4656106

We believe that all forms of energy are important for Canadians to have a good quality of life. Oil and natural gas are part of that energy mix. The BP Energy Outlook for 2018 shows that renewables are fastest-growing fuel source, but oil and gas together account for over half of the world’s energy. https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/energy-economics/energy-outlook.html

Research shows that renewables are growing and important in our energy mix, but we will continue need oil and natural gas in our future as well. Pipelines deliver those products in safest, most responsible way.