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Prius to go Solar

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

Toyota Prius to go solar

07.07.2008
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Top-end versions of the Toyota Prius hybrid are set to receive rooftop solar panels.

News agency Reuters reports that the Japanese giant intends to install solar cells in order to power the air conditioning unit.

Silicon prices are currently rising, pushing up the cost of solar panels.

At this stage, it is unclear how much the solar-panelled versions would cost.

The third generation of Toyota Prius with a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain is due to reach the market in 2009.

Over 1 million Prius cars have been sold, with the strong demand for ‘green’ vehicles accelerating thanks to high oil prices.
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10 Ten Facts on the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

Top 10 Facts About the Alberta Oil Sands

<!– | –>1. Oil sands mining is licensed to use twice the amount of fresh water that the entire city of Calgary uses in a year.


2. At least 90% of the fresh water used in the oil sands ends up in tailing lakes so toxic that propane cannons are used to keep ducks from landing in them.


3. A 2003 report concluded that “an accident related to the failure of one of the oil sands tailings lakes could have catastrophic impact in the aquatic ecosystem of the Mackenzie River Basin due to the size of these ponds and their proximity to the Athabasca River.”

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Stampede Action Speaks to Tar Sands Trouble

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

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<!– Speak no Tarsands 2008 Every year, Calgary, Alberta hosts the Stampede Parade to commemorate the start of the Calgary Stampede. The Stampede is a 10-day long &quot;fair&quot; which seeks to celebrate Calgary (and Alberta’s) ranching and farming heritage. Seemingly everyone in the city dons cowboy attire (Jeans, at the very least) and there are Stampede breakfasts, lunches, and parties all over the city for the duration. of Stampede However, Alberta is now synonymous with &quot;oil&quot; rather than ranching – moreso, unconventional oil from the Tarsands. Alberta’s tarsands or &quot;oilsands&quot; as the industry prefer to call them are said to have the 2nd largest reserves of oil outside of Saudi Arabia. However, the Tarsands have been labelled &quot;The Most Destructive Project on Earth&quot; in part, because of the enormous area that Tarsands developments irrevocably harm or destroy but also in part because of the extraordinary volume of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere (equivalent to 10,000,000 extra cars on the road, every year) in the process of extracting the Bitumen. More information can be found at the links below. In these photos, we took part in a &quot;Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil&quot; demonstration along the parade route. The response from the crowd and the float participants was overwhelmingly positive, surprisingly. Many of the parade participants would realize our presence, read the shirts and view the photos and then excitedly turn to the people around them and point us out, and even sometimes cheer or give us the thumbs up. The crowds were taking photos and video as well. Politicians can’t resist a good parade, of course, thus we were also successful in soliciting positive responses – and, at the very least, awareness – from many of the dozens of municipal, provincial, and federal politicians as they passed by. All in all, an extremely positive experience and effective tool for awareness. <a href="http://environmentaldefence.ca">environmentaldefence.ca</a&gt; <a href="http://www.travelingalberta.com">www.travelingalberta.com</a&gt; <a href="http://www.tarsandstruth.org">www.tarsandstruth.org</a&gt; <a href="http://www.ualberta.ca/PARKLAND/">www.ualberta.ca/PARKLAND/</a&gt; <a href="http://www.tarsandstimeout.ca/">www.tarsandstimeout.ca/</a&gt; <a href="http://www.tarsandswatch.org">www.tarsandswatch.org</a&gt; <a href="http://www.ecojustice.ca/">www.ecojustice.ca/</a&gt; ItzaFineDay ItzaFineDay

–>Every year, Calgary, Alberta hosts the Stampede Parade to commemorate the start of the Calgary Stampede. The Stampede is a 10-day long “fair” which seeks to celebrate Calgary (and Alberta’s) ranching and farming heritage. Seemingly everyone in the city dons cowboy attire (Jeans, at the very least) and there are Stampede breakfasts, lunches, and parties all over the city for the duration. of Stampede

However, Alberta is now synonymous with “oil” rather than ranching – moreso, unconventional oil from the Tarsands. Alberta’s tarsands or “oilsands” as the industry prefer to call them are said to have the 2nd largest reserves of oil outside of Saudi Arabia.

However, the Tarsands have been labelled “The Most Destructive Project on Earth” in part, because of the enormous area that Tarsands developments irrevocably harm or destroy but also in part because of the extraordinary volume of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere (equivalent to 10,000,000 extra cars on the road, every year) in the process of extracting the Bitumen.
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Dion Needs to Deal with Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

Liberal leader pitches green plan to green-minded youth from across Canada

Edmonton — Still dressed in a style fitting of his stop at the Calgary Stampede, federal Liberal leader Stephane Dion pitched his party’s environmental plan to a group of green-minded youth in Edmonton on Sunday.

Dion wore jeans and a checkered shirt as he spoke to roughly 100 participants at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition conference at the University of Alberta, where he said Canada could make “megatons” of money selling eco-friendly technologies.

Several participants at the conference suggested his plan doesn’t go far enough, but Dion stressed that the economy is important too.

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Canadian Youth say Dion Carbon Tax a good first step but….

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

July 7, 2008

Green bonanza!

Grit leader predicts his carbon plan will mean ‘megatonnes of money’ for Alberta

By GLENN KAUTH, SUN MEDIA


Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion brandishes a copy of his Green Shift carbon emissions reduction plan while addressing the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition conference at the University of Alberta yesterday. Dion fielded questions about global climate change from youth across the country. (JAMES MacLENNAN/Special to Sun Media)

A Liberal plan to tax greenhouse-gas emissions will mean “megatonnes of money” instead of economic disaster for Alberta, Stephane Dion vowed yesterday.

The so-called Green Shift tax proposal, which would slap a $40-per-tonne levy on carbon emissions, “will be good for a province like Alberta as it will be for the whole of Canada,” Dion, the leader of the federal Liberals, promised a crowd of dele-gates at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition conference in Edmonton.

“Imagine Fort McMurray to be sustainable,” he told the audience. “We’ll have the know-how that we’ll be able to export around the world and we’ll make megatonnes of money with it.”

Dion, who has been touring the province in a bid to sell the carbon tax, said the advantage to Alberta will come from economic diversification fostered by the levy.

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Dion slams Tories ‘greenhouse gas’ mentality

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

Dion slams Tories’ greenhouse gas ‘mentality’
Liberal leader sees bleak environmental future with current government attitude on emissions
Erika Beauchesne
The Edmonton Journal
Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is shielded from the rain under an umbrella held by his wife Janine Krieber while talking with students at the University of Alberta on Sunday, where he spoke at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition summit.
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Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is shielded from the rain under an umbrella held by his wife Janine Krieber while talking with students at the University of Alberta on Sunday, where he spoke at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition summit.

EDMONTON – A group of young activists had federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion dancing and singing along to an anti-climate change ballad Sunday at the U of A.

“Ooh, it’s hot in here, there’s too much carbon in the atmosphere,” rhymed Dion, clad in jeans and cowboy boots for his tour of Western Canada.

Dion was in town Sunday to sell his green shift carbon tax plan. And while he was singing the same tune as the more than 100 young people attending a climate change conference, Dion has had a harder time convincing the Alberta government of the plan’s benefits.

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Dead Duck Decision Expected Soon

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

500 dead ducks could cost Syncrude $1M if Alberta goes ahead with charges

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has wrapped up an investigation into how 500 ducks died in the toxic sludge of an oilsands tailings pond last spring.

“The probe is complete. We’ve compiled all the evidence,” Alberta Environment spokesman Josh Stewart told The Canadian Press on Friday. “Right now we’re going through it to evaluate whether or not we’ll be passing charges along to Alberta Justice.”

The decision on charges against the company that operates the pond, Syncrude Canada Ltd., is expected to be made by the end of August, said Stewart.

“The maximum penalty for this under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act is a $1-million fine,” he said.

Syncrude spokesman Bob Nyen was guarded in his reaction to the investigation being complete.

“All I can say is we’ll continue to co-operate with the government investigation,” he said. “We haven’t seen anything yet.”

NDP environment critic Rachel Notley said that even a $1-million fine would be paltry compared to the billions of dollars in profits that major oil companies are taking from the oilsands.

“We need to recraft our environmental legislation so that there is a true cost to not abiding by the rules,” said Notley. “We need to have more inspectors and much more significant penalties.”

Most of the ducks and other waterfowl that landed on the tailings pond at the end of April died within a few days, including the handful of birds that were rescued and brought to cleaning stations.

Company officials explained that noisemakers used to scare off birds had not yet been deployed because of a spring snowstorm. Syncrude later bought full-page newspaper ads to issue a public apology.

But the dead ducks were a major blow to Alberta’s efforts to defend its environmental record against growing international criticism, including suggestions by some in the United States that the oilsands are a “dirty” source of energy.

Greenpeace spokesman Mike Hudema said pictures of the dead and dying ducks were circulated around the world through the media and on the Internet.

“It was really the first time that some of these images got out to the rest of the world,” he said. “This incident is really the tip of the tarsands iceberg.”

People across Canada were shaken by the dead ducks and voiced their concerns on talk shows and in letters to newspapers. Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the deaths as preventable and conceded that Canada’s reputation had been harmed.

Hudema said new information began surfacing days later on other environmental problems in the oilsands region of northern Alberta.

“We’ve now heard that there are over a dozen open investigations into the tarsands,” he said. “We’ve heard about illegal water discharges into the Athabasca River.”

The story that the world is starting to hear is that the Alberta government doesn’t have a good handle on the situation, said Hudema.

“The devastation is really beyond what anybody imagined.”

Liberal environment critic David Swann said the dead ducks have resulted in international pressure on the Alberta government to clean up the oilsands, starting with giant toxic tailings ponds.

“This is threatening the very industry that they seem to be bent on protecting,” Swann said in an interview. “We’ve had 35 years of unrestricted development without any conditions really, and no oversight in the monitoring of the actual sites.”

The province requires oilsands operators to take measures to prevent birds from landing on tailings ponds, including scarecrows and noisemaking devices that sound like shotguns.

The Syncrude spokesman says the company is being vigilant to prevent any future waterfowl deaths.

“We’ve deployed all our noise cannons and the scarecrows on all our ponds and we continue to patrol them,” said Nyen. “And the operators that are working in those areas are constantly reminded to report any wildlife in the area.”

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