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Drastic emissions cuts would hurt nation, Stelmach warns premiers conference

Posted by mhudema on January 29, 2008

Jason Fekete
Calgary Herald; Canwest News Service
A protester dressed as a polar bear holds a sign outside the premiers and territorial leaders meeting on Monday.
CREDIT: Reuters
A protester dressed as a polar bear holds a sign outside the premiers and territorial leaders meeting on Monday.

VANCOUVER – Premier Ed Stelmach went on a climate-change offensive Monday at a premiers meeting in Vancouver, warning provincial leaders and critics of his new greenhouse gas strategy that more aggressive targets would cripple the Canadian economy.

Stelmach stole the show on the first of two days of talks, as the embattled Alberta premier fended off criticism over his government’s new climate-change strategy that won’t result in absolute greenhouse gas reductions until 2020.

He also was the target of environmental groups that protested outside the conference, and came under fire for leaving the two-day meeting early to return to Alberta.

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From boom to burden

Posted by mhudema on January 29, 2008

Edward Burtynsky on the Alberta Tar Sands

by Lloyd Alter, Toronto on 01.28.08

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We have written many posts about the evil that is the Alberta oil sands, how it is stupid to the last drop, and how it is the highway to hell.

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Climate Action Held Hostage by the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on January 29, 2008

Held Hostage by Tar Sands

Tar sands processing on the Athabasca River. Photo: S. Jocz.

Alberta’s greed is a threat to Canada and the world.

By Matt Price and Christopher Hatch
Published: January 25, 2008

TheTyee.ca

As Canada’s premiers gather in Vancouver this coming Monday for the Council of the Federation meeting, the future of Canada is again at stake. But this time the threat isn’t Quebec nationalism so much as it’s global warming pollution from the Alberta tar sands.

And Western Canada’s traditional complaint is bang on: it’s Ottawa’s fault.

Stephen Harper refuses to show leadership and put hard caps on Canada’s global warming emissions — all so the tar sands can keep growing. No matter how much Canadians clamor to join the global fight against climate change, we are being held hostage by the tar sands.

The tar sands have quickly grown to become the most destructive project on Earth. Their greenhouse gas emissions are the main reason Canada’s emissions keep rising, the main reason we cannot live up to international agreements, the main reason we are becoming an international pariah on the most important issue facing humanity.

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