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

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

(2) 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?

(59) 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

(31) 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

(25) 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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Here's What Kinder Morgan's Keeping Secret About B.C. Spill Response Plans

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:07 PM

Kinder Morgan, the company currently seeking permission to nearly triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline to carry Albertan crude to the west coast, has engaged in a protracted fight with the province of British Columbia in an effort to keep its oil spill response plans a...

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Kinder Morgan Pipeline Ruling Weakens Faith In NEB

(7) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:20 PM

The National Energy Board ruled in favour of Kinder Morgan Friday, allowing the company to keep its emergency response plans for the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline secret.

Kinder Morgan fought British Columbia's demands to disclose its emergency response plans for the $6.5 billion pipeline expansion that...

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Canada Keeps Skirting the Oilsands Issue at the COP20 Climate Talks

(10) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 4:45 PM

Canada is "flying under the radar" at this year's UNFCCC COP20 climate talks in Lima, Peru according to Canadian Youth Delegation member Brenna Owen.

Canada's negotiators are working hard to sidestep the issue of the country's growing greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector according to...

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What's Happening on Burnaby Mountain Should Surprise No One

(24) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 4:33 PM

The way tensions between pipeline opponents and Kinder Morgan contractors have escalated during the last week should come as a surprise to no one.

The mishandling of the National Energy Board review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker proposal has created the conditions for the situation now...

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B.C. First Nations Crowdfund Over $200K To Oppose Northern Gateway

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 6:20 PM

Some of the strongest legal challenges against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline come from B.C.'s First Nations, and supporters from across B.C. are digging into their pockets to help ensure those are a success.

Pull Together, a grassroots campaign to raise funds for the legal challenges of six...

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The Strait Of Georgia Is Turning To Acid, New Research Shows

(56) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 8:47 PM

"Some people call it the elephant in the room. I like to call it the blue whale in the pool," scientist Brian Kingzett told a room of naturalists this week. He was talking about the dramatic rise in ocean acidity along the B.C. coast.

As the

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