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Tar Sands and the OECD

Posted by mhudema on June 22, 2008

The OECD and the Tar Sands

The 2008 OECD Survey of Canada incorporates a long and surprisingly critical overview of developments in the energy sector, with a major focus on the tar sands. (Chapter 4). It is, in many respects, far closer to the views of the Pembina Institute and the Parkland Institute in Alberta than to those of the Alberta and federal governments, and even endorses some ideas advanced in last year’s Alternative Federal Budget from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

http://www.oecd.org/document/3/0,3343,fr_2649_201185_40732867_1_1_1_1,00.html

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Stelmach and Wall further bury their head in the tar sands

Posted by mhudema on June 22, 2008

Stelmach, Wall issue warning on cap-and-trade
Jason Fekete
Calgary Herald
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and Saskatchewan's Brad Wall warn cap-and-trade could hurt their provinces' economies.
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Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall warn cap-and-trade could hurt their provinces’ economies.

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – The leaders of Alberta and Saskatchewan warned today that their provincial colleagues and the federal government should refrain from pushing environmental policies that could cripple the West – a region driving the entire Canadian economy.

Premier Ed Stelmach and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall told reporters at the western premiers conference that a national cap-and-trade program or federal carbon tax would inflict economic pain on the West’s resource-based economies that are creating jobs and wealth for the entire country.

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Feds and Province Fail to Protect

Posted by mhudema on June 22, 2008

Harper and Stelmach Stall on Safe Water for Canada’s First Nations

    Alberta calls on Federal and Provincial governments to make water a
    priority

    EDMONTON, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - From time immemorial, First Nations have
centered their existence on water. Unfortunately for all Canadians, care and
protection of our water has been left in the hands of governments that value
profits over people. We are currently at a crisis level with this resource,
and the First Nations community is being hit the hardest by this crisis. In
communities across Canada, safe potable water is something people have been
unable to depend upon.
    "It is deplorable," said CUPE Aboriginal Committee Chair Gloria Lepine.
"In the year 2008, there is no excuse for the fact that at least 85 First
Nation water systems are in high risk, and that there are close to 100 boil
water advisories in various communities."
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McCain and the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 22, 2008

Canada has the world's largest oil reserve outside of Saudi Arabia Production of this unconventional oil generates three times as much greenhouse gas as conventional oil production

OTTAWA, June 20 /PRNewswire/ - In a speech today in Canada's capital, US
presidential candidate Senator John McCain is set to praise secure trade
relations between the US and Canada, noting Canada's abundant and secure
energy supply. But the full story includes very real threats from Canada's oil
supply, most of which comes from the unconventional Tar Sands, where producing
a barrel of oil leads to almost three times the greenhouse gas emissions as
producing a barrel of conventional oil.

"It's a little known fact that Canada provides the US with the most
carbon-intensive fossil fuel on the planet and if that's not a security
threat, then what is?" said Will Craven of ForestEthics in San Francisco.
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Oil man calls Dion’s green plan “stupid’

Posted by mhudema on June 22, 2008


A Toronto philanthropist who made his fortune with investments in the Alberta tar sands has little praise for the federal Liberals’ new “green shift” policy.

Seymour Schulich said Friday that Stephane Dion’s plan to tax carbon emissions but cut taxes for the poor, the elderly and those living in rural communities “is one the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.”

“He’s committed political suicide,” Mr. Schulich said in an interview in Halifax before launching a renewable Dalhousie University scholarship worth more than $2 million.

“Everyone I know is already aggravated by high gas prices, and he wants to push them higher in pursuit of some mythical goal. It is ridiculous.”

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