Tar Sands

13/10/21
Author: 
Adrian Ayres Fisher, originally published by Ecological Gardening
Teaser photo credit: Aerial photograph of open pit mine in the tar sands oil fields of Alberta, Canada.. Howl Arts Collective, Wikimedia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tar_sands_in_alberta_2008.jpg. Modified by author-supplied photo.

Oct. 8, 2021

Dear Mr. Paulson,

You arguably are one of the most powerful, famous, and networked men in the world, with many important accomplishments. I am the completely ordinary, middle class, volunteer steward of 53 acres of publicly owned, remnant floodplain woodland situated on the banks of the Des Plaines River.

18/09/21
Author: 
Sarah Cox
Syncrude oilsands mining operations near Fort McMurray, Alta. While three out of four of the major national political parties pledge to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, there are differences in party positions in the 2021 federal election. Photo: Todd Korol

In 2009, when Canada and other G20 nations first pledged to tackle fossil fuel subsidies, a collective promise was made to do away with ‘inefficient’ subsidies. But the term inefficient has never been defined, giving governments and political parties during this election a significant amount of wiggle room

Sept. 16, 2021  10 min. read
 
10/09/21
Author: 
Michelle Gamage
The Liberals pledge to cut carbon emissions — but they spent $4.5 billion to ensure a pipeline expansion went ahead. Photo via Trans Mountain.

If federal parties are serious about taking on climate change, they need to stop giving money to the oil and gas industry, according to two climate experts.

22/08/21
Author: 
The Energy Mix
Alberta tar sands - Wikimedia Commons

August 17, 2021

Alberta oil production now exceeds its pre-pandemic high, and has increased 86.2% since 2010, according to new data from the Alberta Energy Regulator and ATB Economics.

The lion’s share of the output—86% —comes from the tar sands/oil sands, CBC reports.

30/07/21
Author: 
Sandy Garossino
Premier Jason Kenney's anti-Alberta energy inquiry has impacted environmentalists (clockwise from top left: Ed Whittingham, Tzeporah Berman, Greg Knox and Shannon Phillips). Photos by Alex Tétreault, SkeenaWild, Twitter, submitted

It’s time to apologize to the innocent Canadian environmentalists that you and your allies have hounded, vilified and intimidated for almost a decade. Steve Allan’s anti-Alberta energy inquiry has found the accusations against them to be a complete sham.

Clear their names, once and for all.

Tell the truth, at long last, and admit you were wrong.

Take it back. Take it all back.

I have read the draft Allan report in full.

30/07/21
Author: 
Oliver Milman
The Tesoro oil refinery in Washington state. Photograph: Kevin Schafer/Getty Images

July 28, 2021

Whatcom county’s council passed measure that bans new refineries, coal-fired power plants and other related infrastructure

A county in Washington state has become the first such jurisdiction in the US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, following a lengthy battle over the impact of oil refineries on the local community.

20/07/21
Author: 
Cloe Logan
old gas pumps - The signatories say carbon capture investment will only lead to more fossil fuel extraction. Photo by Harrison Haines/Pexels

[Editor: But this is what the BC Government is doing: 

  https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021EMLI0050-001381News Release

Vancouver

Friday, July 16, 2021 10:20 AM

 - "The centre’s initial focus areas for funding and project delivery will include:

  • carbon capture, utilization and storage. . . . . .etc !!]

 

July 20th 2021

17/07/21
Author: 
Kevin Stark
An oil rig extracts crude on July 21, 2008 near Taft, California, in Kern County. (David McNew/Getty Images))

June 28, 2021

A new analysis from an environmental advocacy group highlights a dirty secret about California-produced oil: It is responsible for higher carbon emissions than the oil the state imports.

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