Canada Oilsands

NY Times: Is Canada Tarring Itself?

New York Times | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Business

Start with the term “tar sands.” In Canada only fervent opponents of oil development in northern Alberta dare to use those words; the preferred ph...

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...

Why Canada Should Invest in Beer, Not Tar Sands

Mike Hudema | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

The "beer economy" employs more than 163,000 people. In fact 1 out of every 100 jobs in Canada is in beer. A report out late last year suggests that 44 cents of every dollar spent on beer goes to the government in taxes ($5.8 billion), making buying beer almost a civic duty.

A Short History of Joe Oliver, Canada's New Finance Minister

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

Joe Oliver, Canada's new federal Minister of Finance, made quite a name for himself during his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources. With Oliver moving to the helm of the country's finances, perhaps it's time to take a look back over his notable career. Is Oliver's selective use (and misuse) of the facts restricted to the oilsands?

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...

Enbridge Covers Northern B.C. With Ads Before Kitimat Northern Gateway Vote

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Enbridge's ad spend on the Kitimat vote so far is more than three times what the company would be allowed to spend in an electoral district during a provincial election. During a provincial election or initiative vote, Elections BC restricts how much companies and other third-party advertisers can spend -- but no such rules apply to the April 12 plebiscite.

Is Canada Really An 'Energy Superpower'?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Carol Linnitt

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver attended the East Coast Energy Conference last week, where he said: "Canada is emerging as a 21st century energy...

Is There Room For Big Oil In Alberta Classrooms?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Alberta
DeSmog Canada

"It's time that the Alberta government realizes that what's good for the oil industry isn't what's good for the rest of Alberta and especially not our children. While oil may run our cars for now it shouldn't run our government or our schools. Ever."

Is He Missing The Point?

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

Rex Murphy just doesn't get it. That's how iPolitics columnist Andrew Mitrovica sees the CBC pundit's self-defense amid a controversy over his supp...

CBC Is Reviewing Its Ethics Because, This Guy

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Business

CBC is looking at requiring freelancers to disclose their speaking fees amid questions about Rex Murphy's speeches on the oilsands, The Vancouver Obse...

Oilsands Workers Rehired After Company Screw-Up

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The federal government says dozens of workers laid off in Alberta's oilpatch have jobs again, but a labour group says that's no...

Feds In Damage Control After Oilsands Workers Fired

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The federal government is investigating an allegation that several dozen Canadians working in Alberta's oilpatch were laid off ...

What the TransCanada Pipeline Will Really Cost Us

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Carl Duivenvoorden

Because Alberta oil is landlocked and therefore traditionally sold below world prices, it's been suggested that bringing it east will lower energy prices for us. It's probably more realistic to expect that Alberta crude will get more expensive as soon as a pipeline links it to us, and the world market.

What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

We're producing so much oil sands crude that we've overwhelmed cross-border pipeline capacity. Now the industry is stuck in a Catch-22. Profit margins have dropped dramatically. To reassure investors, bitumen miners talk about dramatically expanding production. But the more we produce, the more we exacerbate the supply glut.

Why You Should Listen to What Artists Say About the Oilsands

Frank Horvat | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Music
Frank Horvat

Maybe we do need the voices of artists after all. Artists do have a history of seeing things before they become the norm in our society. Or, perhaps they are brave enough not to hide from distressing truths. Look at Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi from 1970. That song feels so peppy and fun in tone but its message was ahead of its time.

Ex-Tory MP's Surprising Stand On The Oilsands

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

A Conservative Fort McMurray MP who resigned from his position this month is wasting no time in denouncing the speed of oilsands development in the r...

LOOK: The Oilsands Really Do Look Like Hiroshima

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

Neil Young's comparison of Fort McMurray and the oilsands to Hiroshima has stirred up plenty of criticism. But is it accurate? Judge for yourself....

Are Neil Young's Oilsands Comments Productive or Polarizing?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

If you're using the Neil Young kerfuffle as a moment to dig your trench a little deeper, remember: if we're going to make progress on energy issues in this country, we're all going to have to stick our heads up, stop seeing the people on the other side of the debate as enemies and find some common ground in the middle.

Tar Sands Project Needs Backers To Tell Important Stories

Linda Solomon Wood | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Linda Solomon Wood

With your help, we'll produce and distribute a provocative film that will go beyond the issues, to the very DNA of change, and encourage constructive discussion across all points of view. It's the only way we're going to find the innovative solutions we so badly need. This is an amazing moment. KeystoneXL pipeline, Enbridge's proposed pipeline, and Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion, hang in the balance.

Emissions From Oilsands To EXPLODE By 2030

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

Greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta's oilsands are about to explode. That's one of the messages contained in a Canadian government report quietly...

A "Fair Price" for Canada's Oil Is a Slippery Slope

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The basic argument goes like this: A barrel of oil sands crude currently trades at a lower price than other global oil benchmarks. That price gap means Canadians are losing money on every barrel sold. Access to world markets will fetch higher prices, elevating our collective prosperity. It's a persuasive story, tickling the part of the brain associated with loss aversion. No one wants to bleed money day after day. At the same time it paints a picture of one nation, our fortunes rising and falling in unity. It's good politics. But the reality is more complex.

75 Alberta Environment Officers Now Working For Oil Industry

Edmonton Journal | Posted 12.23.2013 | Canada Business

More than 75 environment officers who watched over oil industry activities left the provincial environment department this fall, to take higher paying...

Does The U.S. Even Need Oilsands? Maybe Not

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

Domestic U.S. oil production is expected to grow much faster than was thought just a few months ago, according to a new report from the U.S. federal g...

Oilsands Water Released Into Rivers?

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business

EDMONTON - Oilsands producers are talking with the federal and Alberta governments about conditions under which water from the industry's tailings pon...

Anti-Keystone 'Green Billionaire' Explains Oil Investments

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON - Yes, the influential activist spearheading the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has made a fortune in oil investments. Yes, he's in...