Elizabeth McSheffrey
Koch brothers - Illustration by Victor Juhasz

It’s a well-known fact that Charles and David Koch — owners of the second-largest private company in America — have been funding climate change denial in the U.S. for decades.


Jessica Ernst burns off some of the methane that is in her well water in Rosebud, Alta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

The Supreme Court of Canada says an Alberta woman cannot sue the province’s energy regulator as part of her claim that hydraulic fracturing so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire.

In a 5-4 ruling Friday, the high court rejected Jessica Ernst’s argument that a provincial provision shielding the regulator from legal action was unconstitutional.

Caitlyn Vernon

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley have cooked up a sweet deal. Trudeau and Notley get their pipeline to tidewater, while Clark gets federal approval for the Site C dam and the Petronas liquefied fracked-gas plant.

The three-way political backscratching has a high price, and the people of British Columbia will be paying it.

James Wilt

As of January 1, 2017, Alberta’s carbon tax has officially arrived.

And, as expected, there’s plenty of misinformation swirling around about what the tax will mean for Alberta citizens and businesses.

Mike De Souza
Chief Allan Adam (left) from the Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation chats with Grand Chief Serge Simon from the Mohawks of Kanesatake at a Special Chiefs Assembly hosted in Gatineau Que. on Dec. 8, 2016. Photo by Mike De Souza

For years, Chief Allan Adam, leader of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, has been labeled an environmentalist.


He has fought hard to investigate mysterious illnesses plaguing his people who live near major oilsands development and other industrial activity in Northern Alberta. He has been an outspoken critic of both governments and industry for not doing enough to protect public health from industrial pollution.

Peter McCartney
Paul George, centre, holds signs during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion in Vancouver on Nov. 29. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the $6.8-billion project that will nearly triple the capacity of the pipeline that carries crude oil from near Edmonton to Burnaby to be loaded on tankers and shipped overseas. DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pipeline sales pitch has fallen flat in B.C. People are right to be skeptical when an oilsands champion comes to town and assures everyone that they have our best interests in mind.

There are a few things the Alberta leader and her friends in the fossil-fuel industry should understand about West Coast opposition to Kinder Morgan. On so many fronts it’s a non-starter.

Shawn McCarthy and Justine Hunter

The fragile victory by protesters at Standing Rock has galvanized indigenous communities north of the border, with some leaders now pledging to block the bitterly contested Trans Mountain pipeline. With his recent approval of that project, write Shawn McCarthy and Justine Hunter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s biggest challenge may be yet to come

Iron & Earth

Sometimes in this vast and complicated world, it's easy to feel a bit lost and hopeless. It can be hard to see progress or positives in the face of so much struggle. But I find if I focus things inward and think about the community with which I work to put renewable energy on the map, my mood changes. Drastically.

Chantal Hébert
B.C. Premier Christy Clark will be campaigning for re-election in the spring. If she supports Trudeau's move, it will be her provincial Liberals who will first test the post-announcement waters. She could be in for a choppy crossing, writes Chantal Hébert. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

[Editor:  pipeline politics!]

A betting person might reasonably wager that Justin Trudeau will not want to open another front in the pipeline wars between now and the 2019 election. And that probably makes Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, who could be facing an uphill re-election battle in less than two years, a collateral winner of this week's developments.


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