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John Woodside
Wet’suwet’en nation hereditary Chief Namoks (right) walks with Chief Gisdaya (centre) and Chief Madeek while in Toronto for the Royal Bank of Canada annual general meeting, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. (Christopher Katsarov / Canada's National Observer)

Apr. 8, 2022

On the second floor of a hotel in the shadow of the CN Tower, Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership and their allies crowded around laptops and cellphones for one purpose: confront RBC executives over the bank’s financing of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

John Woodside
The financial sector receives little mention in Canada's new roadmap for climate action, but banks and other financial institutions must take steps to align with the country's emissions reduction goals, experts say. File photo by Alex Tétreault

Apr. 6, 2022

Canada’s recently published emissions reduction plan provides a roadmap for how Ottawa plans to hit its 2030 climate targets, but critics say until the financial sector is aligned with climate goals, the government's plans are “derelict.”

Climate advocacy group Environmental Defence’s climate finance manager Julie Segal says Canada appears excited about the benefits of sustainable finance but doesn’t appreciate the risks from continued fossil fuel investments.

Natasha Bulowski
An offshore drilling rig rises above the water off the coast of Norway. If approved, Bay du Nord would become Canada’s first deepwater drilling project. Photo by Jan-Rune Smenes Reite / Pexels

Apr. 5, 2022

To avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, the world’s greenhouse gas emissions need to start falling before 2025, which requires a swift move away from fossil fuels and increased investments in renewables, a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says.

Joseph Lee, Grist.
Report Reveals How The Dakota Access Pipeline Is Breaking The Law - Popular Resistance

Apr. 1, 2022

Authors Say The Study Could Be Pivotal In Stopping DAPL.

The federal government and the Dakota Access Pipeline’s parent company, Energy Transfer, misled the public, used substandard science, utilized poor technology, and broke the law by not cooperating with impacted Indigenous Nations. That’s according to a new report that also criticizes the Army Corp of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency for not completing a realistic analysis of the environmental damage the pipeline could cause.

Natasha Bulowski
A new report reveals billions of public dollars already spent on carbon capture technology are only reducing 0.05 per cent of Canada's annual emissions. Photo by JuniperPhoton / Unsplash

Mar. 30, 2022

Canada’s new climate plan is banking on carbon capture to cut nearly 13 per cent of the oil and gas sector’s projected greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. But a new report reveals billions of public dollars already spent on the technology aren’t yielding substantial reductions.

Robert Tuttle
Carbon capture is a process where the carbon dioxide from oil and gas production facilities is sequestered and injected back into the ground. PHOTO BY TODD KOROL/REUTERS

Jan. 20, 2022

Massive subsidy for fossil fuel industry would be better spent on renewable energy, electrification, energy efficiency, letter said

Canada’s plans to introduce a tax credit for carbon capture in the country’s oilpatch would amount to a fossil fuel subsidy for an ineffective technology, a group of academics said in a letter to the deputy prime minister.

Marc Lee
Image - Dollar sign drip from gas hose

As the last paragraph below says, excess profit taxes have been imposed during wars. In the Second World War that kind of tax was 75-100%. Ottawa should now impose that kind of tax at all times, not just during the current gas price spike. The "war" against climate disruption and other environmental destroyers must be won for the children, and the current gougers should bloody well pay for it (until their destructive industry is nationalized and wound down).

         -- Gene McGuckin 

Mar. 17, 2020

Natasha Bulowski
The Liberals and New Democrats strike deal to stay in power.

Mar. 23, 2022

[Editor: Cautious optimism? Just another reminder that electoral politics isn't dealing with the climate emergency?]

A new agreement between the federal NDP and the Liberal government promises political stability until 2025, which will be key for climate action despite its underwhelming commitments, political scientists say.

Amanda Follett Hosgood
An image taken by enforcement officers with BC’s Environmental Assessment Office in October shows a muddy plume of water from a Coastal GasLink worksite entering the Clore River, east of Kitimat.

Feb.  25, 2022

The pipeline firm was penalized for violations including allowing sediment to flow into sensitive watersheds.

Coastal GasLink has been ordered to pay a $72,500 fine for environmental violations that continued for at least a year along its 670-kilometre pipeline route through northern B.C.


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