Alberta Tar Sands

Alberta's Historic Cap On Tar Sands Emissions Is Not The End

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government's cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor.

Climate Action Is A Win-Win Situation

Tony Kay | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
Tony Kay

It is perfectly possible to talk about energy and climate in the same breath. It is not a tussle between good and bad. Whether you're government, a oil major, an advocate, a journalist or an observer, it's about doing the right things, in the right way, and sooner rather than later.

Scrapping Keystone XL A Victory For And By The People

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Keystone was a fight that no one thought we could win. When the pipeline was first proposed, every energy analyst, every journalist and every politician either had never heard of it or thought the same thing -- the pipeline was a virtual certainty and its approval was imminent.

Town At Start Of Keystone XL Route Says Pipeline Rejection 'Sucks'

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.07.2015 | Canada Alberta

"It's done. Over. I just don't see the point in talking about it."

Climate Activists Celebrate ‘End Of Growth In The Tar Sands'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Business

Oilsands will run out of pipeline capacity by 2017, analysis says Industry to post $2-billion loss this year Production continues to grow de...

Climate Considerations Are Missing From the Pipeline Debate

Ecojustice | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Politics

Pipelines are a hot-button topic this fall. But whether we're looking at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion or Enbridge's Northern Gateway project, a meaningful public debate on how these pipelines will contribute to climate change has not yet occurred.

Bill Nye Toured The Alberta Oilsands.. And Didn't Like What He Saw

The Huffington Post Alberta | Michelle Butterfield | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Alberta

"From an environmental point of view locally, it's astonishing and overwhelming."

Stephen Harper's "Decarbonization" Rhetoric Is Hollow

Cameron Fenton | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Setting a deadline 85 years from now to stop burning fossil fuels may be politically safe, but it completely ignores the science that tells us we need to leave the majority of global fossil fuel reserves underground, including upwards of 85 per cent of Canadian tar sands reserves. Time is of the essence, and every day is crucial as we work to wean our society off carbon-intensive fuels on to renewable energy.

Critics Accuse Alberta Of 'Smokescreen' Emissions Tactics

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Opposition politicians and environmental groups are criticizing the Alberta government for what they call a lack of response to data showin...

It's Time Alberta Took Off Its Tar Sands Blinders and Embraced the Sun

Mike Hudema | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Despite the province having the most solar potential out of any province in Canada, investment in solar is still piecemeal. There are little to no government supports for solar and yet huge government subsidies are given to the provinces most polluting industries like the tar sands.

Time For The Alberta Energy Regulator To Prove It's 'Best In Class'

Ecojustice | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Alberta

While the Alberta Energy Regulator has made regulatory orders in some cases, no charges have been laid related to any of the oil spills that made headlines last summer. And for the most part, the public remains in the dark about how those spills have affected their communities and the environment. As the AER enters its second year, it has a golden opportunity to live up to its big promises.

Oilsands Not Really As Important As You'd Think

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Business

Many supporters of the Keystone XL have been warning that failing to build the pipeline — or at least some other infrastructure to carry oil — wou...

U.S. Town Mulls Permanent Ban On Alberta Oil

CBC | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business

South Portland, Maine, could be the first U.S. city to pass a law to block Alberta oilsands crude from getting anywhere near its waterfront. The ci...

Alberta's Tar Sands are a Burden, Not a Blessing

Russ Blinch | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

Stephane Dion, the former Liberal leader, once said that "there is no environmental minister on Earth who can stop the oil from coming out of the sands, because the money is too big." But that was a long time ago and he probably hadn't considered that numerous countries would take action to curb fossil fuel demand.

Koch Brothers Own How Much Of The Oilsands?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Business

The Koch brothers, owners of the U.S.’s largest privately held company and major supporters of the Tea Party movement, are the single largest U.S. l...

Oilsands' Massive Economic Impact

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Alberta

Canadian oilsands production made an economic contribution to the country in 2012 that was far greater than the entire province of Saskatchewan, a new...

How Albertans Really Feel About Neil Young's Oilsands Views

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Alberta

Neil Young's controversial remarks about the Alberta oilsands sparked much debate across the country, but a new poll has found most Albertans don't ne...

Hazardous Air Pollutants Are Much Closer Than You Think

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada
University of Toronto News

A new comprehensive modelling assessment of contamination in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region indicates that officially reported emissions of certain hi...

What Alberta Doctors Won't Say About Oilsands Health Concerns

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Opposition politicians are raising concerns over a report done for Alberta's energy regulator that suggests doctors are reluctant to draw l...

We Must Stand Firm and Demand Safer Pipelines

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

By the end of this month the federal pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), is expected to approve Enbridge's proposal for its 38-year old Line 9 oil pipeline in Ontario and Quebec, which would carry shale oil -- known for its propensity to explode as it did in North Dakota. With that in mind, the province of Ontario must hold its ground on Line 9 and ensure its demands for a safer pipeline are met.

Is This The Solution To Alberta's Emissions Problem?

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A report says Alberta could save money and cut greenhouse gas emissions if it offered people and businesses financial incentives to become ...

Neil Young On Oilsands: 'Canada Is Trading Integrity For Money'

The Huffington Post Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Music

Neil Young says Canadians should be embarrassed by oilsands development and the government's treatment towards both the environment and First Nations ...

Canada Has a Bad Case of Oil Sands Fever

Yves Engler | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Environmentalists and union activists should be making common cause by explaining how tar sands profits that go to the rich and powerful cost Canadian workers hundreds of thousands of jobs. Expansion of the tar sands and the resulting bouts of Oil Sands fever may be good for capitalists but it will further weaken the job market and do great harm to Canadian workers.

Bold! Seeking Approval For $7-Billion Oilsands Project

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) has applied for regulatory approval to build a new oilsands project northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta., which wou...

The War Against Harper's Pipelines Reaches Tipping Point

Ben West | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

This week will be filled with really big moments for both Enbridge and Kinder Morgan in BC. Today, Kinder Morgan announced that they have finally filed their application to build a new tar sands oil pipeline along the route of the Trans Mountain pipeline. On Thursday or Friday this week, it is suspected that we may finally have a decision from the National Energy Board (NEB) on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Both Kinder Morgan and Enbridge really have become Harper's pipelines. But Enbridge and Kinder Morgan do not have the permission of the people of B.C. The Harper government and these companies still have the opportunity to do the right thing and listen to the people. Please pledge your opposition and end the year by reminding Stephen Harper who really is in charge.