Primary Author: Mitchell Beer
Pulling oil from the tar sands - Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

December 17, 2021

The Canada Energy Regulator is so closely tied to the fossil industry that it can’t be counted on to produce independent advice on the country’s path to net-zero—yet it’s considered the leading source of in-house energy modelling the Trudeau government has at its disposal, according to an independent expert commenting on the CER’s deeply flawed energy futures report released earlier this month.

Aaron Saad
Mídia NINJA - Climate March during COP26 • 05/11/2021 • Glasgow / Scotland (UK

Dec. 28, 2021

As powerful countries keep sinking climate goals, activists likely to escalate tactics rather than accept an increasingly unlivable world

1.5, barely alive

Shortly before the close of this year’s United Nations climate negotiations in Glasgow, UN Secretary General António Guterres offered a sobering summary of the global efforts to address the climate emergency.

Justin Hunter
Material for the Trans Mountain Pipeline project sits in a storage lot outside of Abbotsford, B.C., on June 6. COLE BURSTON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Right! Tweaking! Will that be once a year or once every 6 months or.... How about when the pipeline is ruptured? Gene McGuckin
And the expansion is not to serve the Lower Mainland but for exporting oil! - Editor
Dec. 14, 2021
Jeremy Appel - Cargill correspondent for

Nov. 27, 2021

Workers at Cargill’s High River, Alberta meatpacking facility have overwhelmingly rejected the company’s latest contract offer and management has escalated tensions by serving a lockout notice. 

Alex Ballingall
Peter Julian and Jagmeet Singh

[Editor: Note that the expansion is not slated to supply local refineries.]

Nov. 24, 2021

OTTAWA—NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is not pushing to cancel the government-owned Trans Mountain expansion, even though a veteran MP in his caucus is calling for an immediate halt to construction of the controversial oil pipeline project.

Trans Mountain monitoring spill of drilling additive in Coquitlam watercourse
Indigenous leaders held a ceremony at Maquabeak Park in Coquitlam in May, 2021 to express concerns about an oil pipeline being drilled under the Fraser River.Fin Donnelly/Twitter

Nov. 22, 2021

Trans Mountain continues to monitor the impacts of a spill of clay-based drilling fluid in a water course near the Mary Hill bypass in Coquitlam last week.

In a statement, the company reported that approximately one cubic meter of bentonite was “inadvertently released” into a watercourse during horizontal directional drilling (HDD) procedures on Friday (Nov. 19).

The drilling is to install a section of pipe from Surrey to Coquitlam for the construction of the pipeline to Burnaby.

Zoe Yunker
Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline near Hope, BC, in October. The pipeline is currently shut down due to massive floods and landslides that hit the province last week. Photo by Jonathan Hayward, the Canadian Press.

Nov. 23, 2021

Romilly Cavanaugh stood at the edge of the Coquihalla River north of Hope, watching big trees snap off the bank like blades of grass in a lawn mower. Some of those not swept away held dead fish in their branches three metres off the ground — a reminder of what came before.

Cavanaugh and her fellow engineers had been sent into the chaos for a sole purpose: to watch the Trans Mountain pipeline through the flood of 1995.

Cameron Fenton
A young girl takes the road to Isle de Jean Charles, which is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico from erosion fuelled by climate change and land subsidence accelerated by the fossil fuel industry. Photo by Stacy Kranitz / Climate Visuals Countdown

November 18th 2021

For decades, the fossil fuel industry ran a wildly successful and well-funded campaign to muddy the waters when it came to climate change. It denied the science, created false equivalencies and dumped billions upon billions of dollars into projects designed to protect profits. Then, a few years ago, this lie was exposed just as the impacts of climate change began to be felt widely around the world.

John Woodside
Excavators work to clear a section of Highway 7 east of Agassiz following a mudslide. Photo via B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

November 18th 2021

Extreme weather fuelled by climate breakdown is exposing the vulnerability of key infrastructure in British Columbia and is reviving questions among environmentalists and residents about building the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline.

Andrew Nikiforuk
Oversold: Forget carbon storage, direct air capture, hydrogen power and the Earth relentlessly mined to support ‘green tech.’ Image from Shutterstock.

3 Nov 2021

Beyond the ‘blah blah blah’ of climate summits lies the real solution our leaders refuse to acknowledge. First of two parts.

Since 1995 there have been 25 global conferences on climate change. At every one our so-called political leaders have kicked the can down the road and sung from a bright green hymnbook.

Greta Thunberg has disparaged the refrain as nothing more than “blah, blah, blah.”

She is right of course. Blah, blah blah has kept emissions rising, along with energy spending and its twin sibling unbridled economic growth.


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