"Governments are cautiously trying to boost clean energy tech while decarbonizing the fossil fuel economy. This balancing act leads to political tensions and conflicts, such as in Alberta over the carbon tax and in the USA with the election of Donald Trump." - Markham Hislop

Markham Hislop

Energy Industry, Oil and Gas and Natural Resources Expert

Markham Hislop is a veteran journalist, communications specialist, and video producer. He published online news since 2008, starting with Beacon News serving Calgary and other Alberta cities, and now publishes and reports for North American Energy News, covering Canada, the USA, and Mexico. He also freelances for energy and business publications like Alberta Oil Magazine and Canadian Business.

Markham Hislop is now the publisher of Beacon News, a network of 28 online daily newspapers from Ottawa to Victoria. Beacon News’ 5-year plan is to expand into the USA and eventually have 1,000+ Beacons across North America. Their readership currently sits around 200,000 unique visitors/month. Not bad for a little local news source he launched from his basement in 2008. Being publisher means Markham wears a lot of hats – reporter, columnist, sales manager, advertising copy editor, administrator, and a sometimes a video photographer.

Markham Hislop has spent many years’ as a reporter within the oil and gas industry. He has written countless articles on the subject and understands the industry from both the corporate and environment angles. He actively reports on current issues about pipelines, protesting, opposition and the benefits of the oil and gas industry. Hislop’s extensive background and knowledge within the industry, provides audiences with a first hand account of today and tomorrow for the oil and gas industry.

Hislop’s niche in energy journalism is the Energy Transition – the 50-75 year transition from fossil fuels to clean energy technology that started 5-10 years ago (depending on where you place the goal posts). He’s done a lot of work on electric vehicle adoption and has a contrarian view to that commonly found in the energy press. Markham Hislop has also done a lot of work on Canadian and Alberta climate and energy policy, as well as Permian Basin news, American pipeline protests, new technologies, oil and gas politics.

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Markham has reported and written extensively on this topic, which includes interviewing a wide variety of experts in both Canada and the United States. The good news for an oil and gas audience is that hydrocarbons will be used for many, many decades yet.

Too often, boosters make it seem like renewable energy, electric vehicles, and battery storage are right around the corner. In reality, it will take 50 to 75 years for new technologies to diffuse through the Western economies, and probably 25 to 50 years more for the developing economies.

Markham has reported and written extensively on pipeline projects and the groups that oppose them, including the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota and the Trans Mountain Expansion in BC.

Markham has reported on energy policy in Canada, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, as well as Texas and other states. He shows how governments are cautiously trying to boost clean energy tech while decarbonizing the fossil fuel economy. This balancing act leads to political tensions and conflicts, such as in Alberta over the carbon tax and in the USA with the election of Donald Trump.

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