Canada Pipeline

If You Want To Fight Climate Change, Don't Fight Pipelines

Blair King | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

Let's be frank, climate change is real. We, as a country, have to do more to fight climate change. That being said climate change is a red herring in this discussion. Why? Because up to 80 per cent of the emissions associated with fossil fuels are generated in their combustion. Pipelines represent a negligible part of that equation.

TransCanada Silence On Climate Speaks Volumes In Pipeline Debate

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

I think I'm reasonably well versed in issues surrounding the Energy East Pipeline, both economic and environmental. But I am struck by how, in any official TransCanada communications about environmental implications of the project, climate change is never mentioned.

Aboriginal Input On Pipelines Is Key To Better Relations: Study

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Business

The government is reviewing the environmental assessment process amid protests over pipelines.

Dogs Can Sniff Out Oil Pipeline Leaks, But Industry Prefers Gadgets

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Alberta

But the industry tends to go for high-tech methods.

Canada Cannot Export Its Responsibility To The Environment

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

Energy East is more than a mere pipe that transports the product from point A to point B. It is an essential link of the industry. It is clear that Energy East is co-responsible for all the GHG produced by the 1,100,000 barrels that will travel through this pipeline on a daily basis.

Don't Pretend The Pipeline Debate Is Only About Energy

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

It sometimes sounds as though pipeline proponents are the true environmentalists among us. Commentary in favour of the pipelines has followed suit with generous explanations of our current needs and the realities of energy consumption. They ask: are opponents of the pipelines in denial about our current reliance on fossil fuels? And if these bleeding hearts do admit that we do need fossil fuels to power our country, are they comfortable importing Saudi oil forever? I believe that such questions willfully miss the point.

Let's Have An Honest Conversation About Pipelines And Ethical Oil

Blair King | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

The reality is that you can't have a legitimate discussion about the topic of oil without considering the ethics underlying our oil supply. Regardless of branding, ethical sourcing has to be part of the discussion. As a pragmatic environmentalist seeking only to ensure a healthy economy on a healthy planet, I would be remiss if I ignored the topic for such an inane reason.

Chairman Harper Was Right About Justin Trudeau

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
G. Elijah Dann

The greatest worry about Justin's pre-electoral inexperience was his sympathetic talk about oil pipelines and, for those of us in BC, Premier Christy Clark's aspirations for LNG. True, Mr. Trudeau didn't keep his mutually exclusive views a secret. He had already made his thoughts known about how it could be done "environmentally responsibly," a notion that's in contrast to the overwhelming science on climate change.

What Inspires Me To Blog

Blair King | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

I have been asked recently why I blog on The Huffington Post. The question has come from a friend as well as a journalist, on Twitter, who suggested that I am taking food off his plate. My intention in my blogs is not to court conflict. Rather, I want to highlight the misuse of science in environmental decision-making.

Dispelling Some Myths And Misconceptions About Energy East

Blair King | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Business
Blair King

My blog post last week (I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist) made quite a splash resulting in me receiving a lot of both positive and negative feedback. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the negative feedback consisted of unsupported and/or unsupportable "facts" about the proposal.

I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist

Blair King | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Business
Blair King

I know that the term "ethical oil" has some blemishes on it because of issues surrounding its origin, but I believe in the concept behind the term. I want my personal gasoline purchases to go towards subsidizing medicare and not subsidizing a despot or paying for a tyrant to bomb his neighbour.

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.

Who Do Citizens Get To Lobby?

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

As a member of the minority of 99 per cent, I am dreaming that a high-ranking volunteer of the new government would give me advice on how to influence the newly-elected prime minister who will negotiate next December's Paris Conference and the necessary reduction of greenhouse gases.

Anyone But Harper Might Not Be Enough to Tackle Climate Change

Cameron Fenton | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

With the 42nd federal election in the books here in Canada, now the clock starts ticking down the 42 days until the Paris climate talks begin. The good news is that Stephen Harper is no longer the Prime Minister of Canada. After nearly a decade in power, Harper has left a sea of devastation in his wake when it comes to climate change. Here's the bad news: while Stephen Harper's government may have been a supporter of the fossil fuel industry, Justin Trudeau has failed to distinguish himself as a much better option.

May Says Greens Support Refineries, Not Pipelines

CP | Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Politics

"They are all of them -- Keystone, Energy East, Kinder Morgan and Enbridge -- unacceptable, no matter what kind of process one puts them through."

Hundreds Of Protesters Rally In Montreal Ahead Of Election Debate

CBC | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Politics

The protest was loud, as people chanted and booed while the leaders arrived, but it remained peaceful.

Here Are The Realities Of Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Blair King | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

We need to move towards a society where oil products are not used for power or fuel. Until that day comes, we need these products and the safest, most environmentally responsible way to get them to us over land is via pipelines.

Notley Hopeful Quebec Will Back Energy East Pipeline

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Alberta

"I'm hopeful that we'll get some good results ultimately."

Layoffs Hit TransCanada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Business

Most of the layoffs will be in Calgary.

Inaction on Climate Change is Mutually Assured Destruction

John Cartwright | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
John Cartwright

Extreme weather conditions, storms, flooding, droughts and ice melting are the new reality in too many parts of the world. People are losing their livelihood, their homes, their jobs -- and even their lives. While scientists and faith leaders call for urgent action, our political leaders have failed to take necessary actions.

We Should Transport as Much Oil as We Can by Pipeline

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Just about every aspect of our lives involves a certain amount of risk, of course. It's all about risk management. And indeed, despite the occasional high-profile accident like last week's spill in California, pipelines in general remain very safe. One realistic alternative to transporting Canadian oil by pipeline is transporting that same oil by train or by truck. Yet both of these methods of transport are less safe than pipelines. Logically, then, we should transport as much oil as we can by pipe, and as little as possible by rail or road.

Oil-Train Derailments in Canada Expose Folly of Anti-Pipeline Movement

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Four recent oil-train derailments--two in the United States and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama--have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil.

When Mother Earth Has Nothing Left To Give, We Must Slow Down

Ecojustice | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ecojustice

We must learn from people who have a deep connection to place and accept that the earth has limits that must be respected.

Keystone News Unsurprising After Harper Wrecked Canada's Relationship With The U.S.

Sandy Garossino | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

How did things go so badly that Canada doesn't have the heft or goodwill in Washington to add a single pipeline to a nation benoodled with them? The answer lies in the delusional hubris of Stephen Harper.

Quebecers, Don't Let TransCanada's Sweet Words Fool You Into Supporting the Pipeline

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

Would the spokesmen for TransCanada be able to give a logical explanation as to how mere transshipment of petroleum using automated pumping systems would create jobs or any worthwhile economic activity in our province?