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Carol Linnitt

Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada

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.
This Forestry Town Will Be Canada's First Geothermal

This Forestry Town Will Be Canada's First Geothermal Village

A forestry town is working to re-invent itself as a renewable energy leader with a project that promises community revitalization from the ground up. The mountain village of Valemount, British Columbia, located along the Rocky Mountain trench is eyeing the nearby Canoe Reach hot springs -- one of the hottest surface hot springs in Canada -- as a source of geothermal heat and renewable electricity generation.
08/31/2016 12:30 EDT
Plan To Electrify Oilsands With Site C Dam An Act Of

Plan To Electrify Oilsands With Site C Dam An Act Of Desparation

Clark said the power from the Site C dam could potentially provide electricity to Alberta -- where the government has recently committed to closing all of its coal-powered energy plants. Clark's suggestion that Site C may power the oilsands shines a spotlight on the B.C. government's ever-changing rationale for building the project.
04/15/2016 10:50 EDT
Poor Policy Puts Canada Among World's Worst For Climate

Poor Policy Puts Canada Among World's Worst For Climate Change

Canada, taking sixth place, ranks only above Korea, Japan, Australia, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia in the 2016 Climate Change Performance Index. Even though Canada's position remains low, it represents a slight improvement from last year, when the country came in last out of 58 nations profiled in a 2014-2015 report.
12/10/2015 02:36 EST
Global Leaders Are Fighting For New 1.5°C Warming

Global Leaders Are Fighting For New 1.5°C Warming Target

The group of countries, known as the Climate Vulnerability Forum, argues current efforts to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius is insufficient to protect many nations from the dangers of climate change. The leaders say lives, rights and the prosperity of billions are at stake in the globally agreed temperature limit.
12/02/2015 04:54 EST
The Majority of Albertans Want to See the Province Take Climate

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

Alberta is by far the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Canada and the oilsands are the country's fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. Growing emissions from the industrial sector are the reason Canada will not meet its emissions reduction target under the Copenhagen Accord, according to Environment Canada.
10/01/2015 05:29 EDT
$2.6 Trillion Divested From Fossil Fuels Is Paying

$2.6 Trillion Divested From Fossil Fuels Is Paying Off

Investors are realizing that divestment doesn't mean financial losses. Thanks in part to plummeting global oil prices and the booming clean energy economy, divested portfolios have been outperforming those with investments in fossil fuels. Divestment doesn't just mean pulling your investments from fossil fuel holdings -- it also means redirecting investment dollars to alternatives like clean energy, green tech and climate solutions.
09/24/2015 08:05 EDT
Stephen Harper Forgets His Own Pledge to End Fossil Fuel

Stephen Harper Forgets His Own Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Use

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. Perhaps that's the blunt and singular reason behind the Conservative Party and Stephen Harper's outrage at McQuaig's entirely non-contentious assertion that, because of our international commitments to curtail global climate change, Canada won't exploit the entirety of its oil reserves.
08/13/2015 12:15 EDT
Rio Tinto Alcan Is Harming Kitimat

Rio Tinto Alcan Is Harming Kitimat Households

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.
05/15/2015 05:12 EDT
Emissions From Rio Tinto Alcan Kitimat Smelter Are At Heart Of

Emissions From Rio Tinto Alcan Kitimat Smelter Are At Heart Of Hearings

"This case really does represent a situation where you have a regulator that has gotten too close to a powerful and well-resourced private interest that it is supposed to be independently regulating," said Chris Tollefson, lawyer for the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre.
05/03/2015 01:54 EDT
Canadians Want Climate Action. So What Are the Conservatives Waiting

Canadians Want Climate Action. So What Are the Conservatives Waiting For?

While the majority of Canadians see climate change as a serious threat to the planet, Canada has no climate legislation and, according to Environment Canada, growing emissions from the Alberta oilsands will prevent the country from meeting its emission reduction targets under the Copenhagen Accord.
04/24/2015 08:36 EDT
What Premier Brad Wall Gets Wrong About Canada's

What Premier Brad Wall Gets Wrong About Canada's Emissions

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 Canada is also a heavy emitter per capita.
04/22/2015 01:13 EDT
Canada Will Miss Its Climate Target And We'll All Miss

Canada Will Miss Its Climate Target And We'll All Miss Out

Environment Canada has been telling us for years that Canada is running off the climate track and -- because of growing emissions largely from the oil and gas sector -- we are getting farther and farther away from meeting our government's self-imposed climate targets. Because of that climate failure, Canada is holding all of us back from prosperity, jobs and better health. That's according to a new study of benefits from international emission pledges made in the lead up to December's UN climate summit. Developed countries around the world -- with the exception of Canada and Japan -- are unveiling their individual climate plans, which were due yesterday.
04/01/2015 05:47 EDT
How the Ministry of Environment Vetoed Our Interview

How the Ministry of Environment Vetoed Our Interview Request

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."
03/27/2015 05:53 EDT
How Come CSIS 'Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny' Spying On

How Come CSIS 'Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny' Spying On Me?

Unfortunately, when it comes to CSIS, Canadians can expect very little transparency, a cause for additional concern when you recall Harper eliminated the position of the CSIS watchdog in 2012. The only overview of CSIS is handled by the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), a body comprised of part-time appointees with limited resources that assess CSIS operations after-the-fact.
03/03/2015 05:51 EST