OIL SANDS

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Jim Prentice's Second Chance to Make A First Impression

The past few years show clearly that there is no more 'business as usual' when it comes to oil sands and climate change. They are linked, like it or not. An early and decisive move by new Premier Jim Prentice would fundamentally alter the Canada-US climate policy dynamic plaguing oil sands development and pipelines construction. It could recharge moribund national climate efforts also.
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Rejecting Keystone Is a Matter of Morality

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has turned into one of the most hotly debated topics in North America. There are so many ways to debate about the pipeline and the tar sands oil that would fill it. But, what does it mean when 10 Nobel Peace Laureates, including former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and landmine activist Jody Williams, take a stand and call for a rejection?

Is Canada Really Tarring Itself?

In case you missed it the New York Times recently ran an op-ed by Jacques Leslie entitled "Is Canada Tarring Itself?" As a "tar sands" (I grew up using that term and it holds no negative connotation t...

So, The Tarsands Were To Blame..

It makes you wonder how many other voices that complain about tar sands impacts are being ignored? Fort Chipewyan's calls for independent health inquiry, the cancer concerns in Fort Saskatchewan are just two, both recently echoed by the Edmonton Journal's editorial board; the fact that some doctors may not comfortable treating oil-symptom patients is another.
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Is He Missing The Point?

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 support of the oilsands. Mitrovica has been vocal in his...

Tar Sands Communities Flee Homes to Escape Emissions, Panel Told

I can't imagine how it would feel after I've seen my cattle die, my daughter almost fall down the stairs because of chronic headaches and dizziness, and my family get sick to the point we had to leave our farm and move into our parents basement. And then to be told that it's not the constant tar sands emissions that are the problem, but my attitude to the oil and gas industry.
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Trudeau's Support of Keystone XL Is Dangerous for Canada

Trudeau professes to be capable of both meaningfully combatting climate change and supporting oil sands expansion. Yet he recently went so far as to proclaim that "the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States and elsewhere is not scientific." Leaving oil in the ground is precisely what must happen. The longer Trudeau loudly supports the oil industry without a similarly strong signal that he is committed to meaningful action on climate change, the harder it will be, should he win, to enact the bold policies the scientific community is actually calling for.
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Obama's Message to Canada: We Don't Want Your Oil

Whether or not one favors Mr. Obama's energy policy, there's one thing very clear about it: Canada's oil is not something that factors into Mr. Obama's calculations other than in the negative: it's not "American" energy, it's in the basket of "imported oil" that the U.S. wishes to curtail, and to Mr. Obama it's the wrong sort of energy.