Carol Linnitt
Carol Linnitt is Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada. She joined DeSmog in June 2010 as a researcher, focusing much of her time on the natural gas industry and hydraulic fracturing. As a writer and researcher Carol focuses mostly on industry public relations, misinformation campaigns, energy development, environmental policy, and wildlife.

Carol is the lead author of DeSmog's original report Fracking the Future: How Unconventional Gas Threatens Our Water, Health & Climate. Her work also led to the DeSmog micro-documentary CRY WOLF: An Unethical Oil Story and the Cry Wolf investigative series.

Carol began her environmental career writing and performing interviews for The Canada Expedition, a non-governmental sustainability initiative, and while working in dispute resolution with communities affected by resource scarcity.

Carol has a Master's in English Literature from York University where she studied political theory, natural resource conflicts, and Aboriginal rights. She also has a Master's in Philosophy in the field of phenomenology and environmental ethics. Carol is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria in the English department and the Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) program.

Entries by Carol Linnitt

This Forestry Town Will Be Canada's First Geothermal Village

(5) Comments | Posted August 31, 2016 | 12:30 PM

A forestry town is working to re-invent itself as a renewable energy leader with a project that promises community revitalization from the ground up.

The mountain village of Valemount, British Columbia, located along the Rocky Mountain trench is eyeing the nearby Canoe Reach hot springs -- one of the...

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Geothermal Energy Could Put Alberta Workers Back On The Job

(10) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 11:49 AM

Abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta are on the rise -- but where many see a growing liability, Alberta's fledgling geothermal industry sees massive opportunity.

"We've got these old wells that we know are hot and we're going to fill them with cement and...

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Plan To Electrify Oilsands With Site C Dam An Act Of Desparation

(12) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 10:50 AM

Premier Christy Clark has ambitious plans for the copious amounts of electricity -- far more than British Columbia is expected to need for more than a decade -- generated by the Site C dam on the Peace River: sell it to Alberta.

In a

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Poor Policy Puts Canada Among World's Worst For Climate Change

(11) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 1:36 PM

A new index of global emissions released Tuesday at the Paris climate talks finds Canada among the worst performing nations when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and climate policy.

Canada, taking sixth place, ranks only above Korea, Japan, Australia, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia in the 2016 Climate...

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Global Leaders Are Fighting For New 1.5°C Warming Target

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 3:54 PM

A coalition of vulnerable countries is pushing the global community to adopt a new 1.5 degree global warming target at the ongoing climate talks in Paris.

The group of countries, known as the Climate Vulnerability Forum, argues current efforts to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius is insufficient...

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Mel Arnold, Conservative Candidate, Hit Hard After Questioning Man-Made Climate Change

(11) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 12:57 AM

Mel Arnold, a federal Conservative candidate from the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding in B.C., told the CBC he remains "unconvinced" by climate science and that the role of human activity in the rise of global temperatures remains undetermined.

In an interview with the CBC's Daybreak...

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The Majority of Albertans Want to See the Province Take Climate Action

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 5:29 PM

A poll of more than 1,800 Albertans conducted by EKOS Research Associates shows more than half the population wants the province to take stronger climate action by introducing policies that limit carbon emissions.

The poll, commissioned by the Pembina Institute, also found 50 per cent of...

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$2.6 Trillion Divested From Fossil Fuels Is Paying Off

(9) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 8:10 AM

Building on the momentum generated by Climate Week and the New York People's Climate March at this time last year, divestment advocates made an ambitious announcement: a plan to triple the $50 billion in assets individuals and organizations had pledged to divest from fossil fuels by the time of the...

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Stephen Harper Forgets His Own Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Use

(8) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 12:21 PM

If the recent frufrah over NDP candidate Linda McQuaig's comment that "a lot of the oilsands oil may have to stay in the ground" is indicative of anything, it's that Canada's election cycle is in full spin. May all reasonableness and sensible dialogue and accountability be damned.


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One Year In, Residents Remain Frustrated with Superficial Cleanup of Mount Polley Mine Spill

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 2:40 AM

Gary and Peggy Zorn say they lost their livelihood in the wake of the Mount Polley mining disaster one year ago after foreign tourists lost the desire to experience the region as a travel destination renowned for its wildlife.

Gary Zorn, adorned with the impressive title of "bear...

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Group Asks New Alberta Government to Review Oilsands Water Usage Amid Extreme Wild Fires

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 11:55 AM

Conservation group Keepers of the Athabasca is asking the Alberta government to review water usage rules for oilsands companies as the province struggles with unseasonably low water levels and raging wild fires.

Current rules set out under the Surface Water Quantity Management Framework allow two oilsands majors, Suncor...

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B.C.'s Plan to Protect Endangered Caribou Is Flawed

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 5:42 PM

B.C. will continue to kill wolves for at least a decade in an attempt to save endangered caribou according to government documents released this week -- but new research re-confirms that caribou declines are primarily caused by industrial development.

The province recently finished the first year of its...

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Rio Tinto Alcan Is Harming Kitimat Households

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 5:12 PM

Increased sulphur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the expanded Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) aluminum smelter in Kitimat, B.C. will result in increased health costs for local households, an expert witness told an Environmental Appeals Board panel in Victoria, Monday.

Dr. Brian Scarfe, an economist and cost-benefit analyst from the University...

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Emissions From Rio Tinto Alcan Kitimat Smelter Are At Heart Of Hearings

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 1:54 AM

The B.C. Ministry of Environment was too concerned with the interests of Rio Tinto Alcan when it granted the company a permit to dramatically increase the release of sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions in the Kitimat airshed, a tribunal heard in Victoria this week.

"This case raises the specter,...

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Feds Charged Ahead With Northern Gateway First Nations Consultation Despite Internal Doubts

(8) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 6:31 PM

Internal documents obtained by B.C.'s Haisla Nation show the federal government had concerns about the consultation approach proposed for Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline since at least 2009.

The documents, requested by the Haisla Nation nearly four years ago, were released through Access to Information legislation recently...

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Canadians Want Climate Action. So What Are the Conservatives Waiting For?

(48) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 8:36 AM

A new poll released Wednesday by Angus Reid finds the majority of Canadians support carbon pricing programs and more than half the population would like to see a national climate policy instituted at the federal level.

Although Canadians say they're ready for climate action, there's a lot less...

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What Premier Brad Wall Gets Wrong About Canada's Emissions

(9) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:13 PM

At the premiers' climate summit last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall brought up a statistic that has received a fair amount of attention lately: Canada's emissions account for fewer than two per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

He's not wrong, but used as an argument against doing...

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Canada Will Miss Its Climate Target And We'll All Miss Out

(27) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 5:47 PM

I don't think anyone in Canada expects our good country to meet its climate target -- even with the imminent pressure of the UNFCCC meeting in Paris later this year weighing down on our collective shoulders.

We have no reason to harbour that expectation given that our own federal government...

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How the Ministry of Environment Vetoed Our Interview Request

(24) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:53 PM

Documents obtained by DeSmog Canada reveal that Canada's Ministry of Environment vetoed an interview request on toxins in fur-bearing animals in the oilsands, even though the federal scientist was "media trained and interested in doing the interview."

The Environment Canada scientist in question, Philippe Thomas, had asked members of the...

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How Come CSIS 'Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny' Spying On Me?

(8) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:51 PM

When I asked the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) whether it has files on me or DeSmog Canada, I got a response that's been used as a non-answer by government spokespeople and celebrity publicists for 40-plus years: We can "neither confirm nor deny" the records exist.

The intelligence body doesn't...

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