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19/08/15
Author: 
Canadian Press

EDMONTON - New research suggests that this week's restrictions on withdrawing water from the Athabasca River for oilsands use are a preview of what the industry will face under climate change.

Alberta's energy regulator has suspended a total of 73 temporary industry licences to take water from the Athabasca because of low flows.

A recent paper published in the journal Climate Change suggests such disruptions will become more common and increase by up to 40 per cent by mid-century.

18/08/15
Author: 
Lee Loftus

The G7 nations have committed to eliminating the use of fossil fuels by 2100.

What Canada’s premiers said in July is wrong — there are simple answers to developing a national energy strategy — but what’s difficult is making tough decisions.

While the need for a Canadian energy strategy should be a key federal election issue for all political parties, it’s not just a national version that’s required.

15/08/15
Author: 
Brent Jang

[Introductory commenty by website editor: This is a useful article on the oil upgrading and refining sector in Canada.]

B.C. proponents, expecting a production surge, argue more refineries and upgraders would help Canada keep more of its oil wealth here. And where Alberta falters, B.C. hopes to rise with refining projects of its own

15/08/15
Author: 
BRIAN MILNER AND JEFF LEWIS

[Introductpry comment by website editor:  This article contains useful information on oil 'Heritage funds']

 
The entrance of Norway's central bank headquarters in Oslo. (Kristian Helgesen/Bloomberg)
14/08/15
Author: 
Seth Klein

 

What’s that they say about the first casualty of war? You can obviously say the same for Canadian elections.

14/08/15
Author: 
Lauren McCauley

Solidifying the country's reputation as a "true petrostate," the government of Canada reportedly spent millions of taxpayer dollars on previously undisclosed tar sands lobbying activities, including a concerted push to 'educate' First Nations communities opposed to the toxic drilling projects.

14/08/15
Author: 
Carlito Pablo

Meteorologist Claire Martin has unleashed a storm of criticism a­gainst Tom Mulcair over the NDP leader’s open-ended stand on oil-pipeline expansion in the Vancouver area.

“I would call him flip-floppy at best,” the Green candidate in North Vancouver told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.

According to the former CBC weather presenter, Mulcair hasn’t laid out a clear position regarding Kinder Morgan’s plan to triple the capacity of its existing pipeline.

13/08/15

Cracks may begin to appear in Canadian bank earnings as oil downturn persists

12/08/15
Author: 
Michal Rozworski

Since her common-sense quip that most of Canada’s tar sands reserves will have to stay in the ground, Linda McQuaig has been vilified by much of the political establishment and (rightfully) defended by a minority of voices in the media.

12/08/15

CORNER BROOK, N.L. – The general council of one of Canada’s largest churches has voted to drop fossil fuels from its investment portfolios, with advocates for the motion saying the decision is based on the Christian duty to care for the earth.

Commissioners attending the United Church of Canada’s general council in Corner Brook, N.L., voted 67 per cent in favour Tuesday to divest the industry from its treasury assets and to shift the $5.9 million from the portfolio into green renewable energy ventures.

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