Alberta

17/08/19
Author: 
Robert Hackett
A shot of Fort McMurray, Alberta in 2012. Photo by Kris Krüg from Flickr

August 9th 2019

The Trudeau government and the petrobloc (the fossil fuel industries and their political, financial and media allies) would like you to believe that the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX), intended to triple the flow of diluted bitumen from the Athabasca Sands to the port of Vancouver, is a done deal.

But the latest approval of TMX by the Trudeau government and the industry-friendly National Energy Board does not settle the issue.

04/08/19
Author: 
Linda McQuaig
Jason Kenney

July 31, 2019

With the exception of Donald Trump’s claim that he’s draining the swamp, it’s hard to imagine a clearer example of gibberish than Jason Kenney’s claim that he’s defending Alberta against “foreign-funded special interests.”

01/08/19
Author: 
Geoff Dembicki
Iron & Earth founder Liam Hildebrand holds a photo of himself standing by a log cabin in the woods. His message: ‘There are two major parts to who I am, the steelworker who is also passionate about the environment.’ Photo from Iron & Earth.

July 31, 2019

‘Tens of thousands’ of people would be put to work immediately in high-skill jobs, say advocates.

What will a transition away from oil and gas mean for workers in Alberta?

21/07/19
Author: 
Nelson Bennett

 July 18, 2019

Financing costs total $87 million in first seven months of government ownership

The Trans Mountain pipeline posted a $36 million net loss for the federal government in the first seven months that it owned the pipeline, according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

A big chunk of that loss is attributable to $87 million in financing – i.e. interest on the debt the government incurred to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML).

06/07/19
Author: 
John McMurtry
Tar Sands Protest

July 5, 2019 

Big Lies and Ecocide in Canada

As we know, big lies can run free across borders with few people joining the dots. For example, no media has been reporting that China’s growing dispute with Canada is based on Canada’s enforcement of the Trump administration’s unilateral embargo against Iran. This is what politicians called ‘the rule of law’. In fact, it is assisting the US takedown of China’s superior IT competition – Huawei – for not obeying the illegal US embargo.

04/07/19
Author: 
Dr. Tim K. Takaro

File OF‐Fac‐Oil‐T260‐2013‐03 60          July 4, 2019

Submitting Comment on:  A.  Condition compliance            B. Detailed route approval 

Title: Health Officers’ Council of BC calls health impacts assessment inadequate

01/07/19
Author: 
Deborah Jaremko

 

May 31 2019 - Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s announced acquisition of Devon Energy’s oilsands assets continues the “Canadianization” of the massive resource as international-based companies exit the sector. 

The trend was already well underway well before this week’s announcement, but it’s worth taking a look at how ownership of Alberta’s massive resource will sit following the deal’s close, which is expected in June.

29/06/19
Author: 
Eugene Kung

June 27, 2019 

The federal government’s skewed view of Indigenous consent, and its apparent conflict of interest on the pipeline, could pose a legal problem.

26/06/19
Author: 
J D Hughes

 

The above (low-resolution) image of the oil sands in 2018. Click on the link to view the images for each year from 1984 to 2018.

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25/06/19
Author: 
Tristan Hughes
‘This is how climate change denial will increasingly look in the future.’ Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

Approving a pipeline while declaring a climate emergency is ‘climate change denial with a human face.’

21 Jun 2019

The Trudeau government’s recent actions — declaring a climate emergency and re-approving the Trans Mountain expansion project within two days — aren’t just hypocritical: they’re morally equivalent to climate change denial.

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