Tar Sands

Daniel Tencer

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week he "misspoke" when predicting the oilsands would someday have to be phased out, a new study says reducing oil production is exactly what the country needs to be doing if the world is going to meet its targets under the Paris climate agreement.

“Canada’s exports of fossil fuels do not need to drop to zero immediately, but we cannot pursue policies that further increase extracted carbon,” economist Marc Lee wrote in the report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute.


When B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced her support1 for the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project, she cited an unprecedented revenue-sharing agreement with the company that will deliver up to $1-billion to the province's coffers.

But as the message printed on rear-view mirrors warns, some objects may appear larger than they are: The deal that the Premier announced is a non-binding agreement, and the details now under negotiation will determine the true value of those dollars.


January 18, 2017 - Toronto – New research released today reveals disturbing new evidence on how locking-into new long-lived tar sands production undermines global efforts to address the global climate crisis far beyond Canada’s borders.

James Munson

Jan 2, 2017 - As oil prices rose and fell, the federal government somehow wrestled a national agreement on climate change — with two notable exceptions. The fates of pipelines that had consumed public interest for years were drawn, while others were punted into the future. Canada’s beleaguered oil and gas industry faced an uncertain year with a new Liberal government in Ottawa, and 2017 looks like it will have its own share of big shifts.

Canadian Climate Network



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James Wilt

Dec 13, 2016 - On Dec. 9, after much deliberation and political theatre, the federal government, eight provinces and three territories signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba were notably absent from the list of signatories.

Mike De Souza
Scientists have found 15 ways that Alberta's oilsands industry can alter the oceans. Photo of oilsands facility in Fort McMurray by Kris Krug

When Stephanie Green and a team of seven other scientists first began their latest research study more than two years ago in Vancouver, she said they were driven by curiosity.


Green, a Canadian, is a Banting post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University in California. She specializes in marine ecology and conservation science.

Brennan Field, Kalowatie Deonandan, Raywat Deonandan

A policy path forward, then, is to include aboriginal women as decision-makers in all stakeholder engagement practice, not just as token voices in the formulation of impact agreements.

PUBLISHED : Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 


[Webpage editors note: Two articles below, one about powering the tar sands with BC hydro (Site C!) and the other about 'benefits' for BC from the Kinder Morgan pipeline]

Vaughn Palmer: Clark pushes hydro intertie now that Alberta's pipeline is approved

VICTORIA — Premier Christy Clark hopes the progress made this week on bringing more Alberta oil to the West Coast will help clear the way for our neighbouring province to take more of B.C.’s electricity.


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