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Dirty Oil Raises its head

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

‘Dirty Oil’ raises its head at an odd time
BY GEORGE ABRAHAM

8 July 2008

With the price at the gas pump at record highs, could there be anything like “Dirty Oil”? Yes, there might well be, going by a resolution passed by an assembly of American mayors in Miami late last month.

While the mayors appear to have been targeting the environmental impact of a mixed bag of fossil fuels, oil originating in the Canadian province of Alberta — analogous to the Abu Dhabi’s dominant share in the UAE’s exports — came in for particular mention.

“The production of tar sands oil from Canada emits approximately three times the carbon dioxide pollution per barrel as does conventional oil production and significantly damages Canada’s Boreal forest ecosystem — the world’s largest carbon storehouse,” said the resolution. As if that was not enough, the Democratic nominee for the American presidential elections, Barack Obama, came out swinging in the same week against what he called “a 19th century fossil fuel that is dirty, dwindling, and dangerously expensive.”

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Big Oil Comes Back to Iraq

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

Big Oil poised to make triumphant return to Iraq

“Anyone who thinks the invasion of Iraq accomplished nothing probably isn’t sitting inside the boardrooms of some of the most powerful companies on Earth.”

Toronto Star July 5, 2008 // Linda McQuaig
Big Oil poised to make triumphant return to Iraq
Small service contracts announced last week are a step toward major development deals

When Big Oil excutives and U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney met for secret energy talks in the spring of 2001, one subject that weighed on all their minds was the potential loss of Iraq’s bountiful oil reserves. After more than a decade of hostile U.S.-Iraqi relations, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had negotiated deals with oil companies from a range of countries, including Russia, China and India, to develop Iraq’s largely undeveloped reserves. That meant U.S. oil companies were to be denied a stake in developing one of the last oil bonanzas left on Earth. It also meant that the U.S. risked being denied access to this vast new source of petroleum the commodity it considers essential to its continued status as an economic and military superpower. So it wasn’t surprising that Cheney’s energy task force set up with urgency within weeks of the Bush administration taking office took great interest in a document called “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.” The document (eventually made public after a lengthy court battle with the Bush administration) included a detailed breakdown of Iraq’s 97 oil fields, listing in each case the foreign company that was negotiating a development contract with Saddam, and the status of those negotiations. But, according to the narrative presented by the White House and rarely challenged by the media, none of this mattered to Washington’s strategic planners: the fact that Iraq’s vast oil reserves were about to slip into the hands of America’s rivals and Big Oil’s competitors allegedly played no role in the administration’s decision to overthrow Saddam two years later.

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Stelmach Meets to Discuss Dirty Oil

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

Alberta premier meets with U.S. ambassador to discuss ‘dirty’ oil

CALGARY — Premier Ed Stelmach admits Alberta doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room to satisfy environmentalists and American politicians who don’t want “dirty” oil from the oilsands.

The U.S. government is drafting a law that could limit American agencies from using oilsands fuel because of the large volume of emissions created when it’s produced.

Stelmach met with U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins in Calgary on Monday.

After the meeting, Stelmach said he will work with Wilkins to bring more political leaders from the United States to Alberta to get a first-hand look at what the province is doing to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Birds should move to Quebec – http://www.greenlivingonline.com/shelagh/?p=5

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

Birds should move to Quebec

Up the creek
Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Committee has created a new event called dodge the pathogenic disease. The popular waterfront area, False Creek, which starts on the eastern end of English Bay draws visitors and locals alike. The public promenade and shops on Granville Island are definite draws but it’s probably the marina and public moorings that are the most popular. Recreational boaters, rowers, kayakers and dragon boaters flock to the area.

Apparently False Creek has a fecal count of 2,900 per 100 millilitres of water – normally beaches are closed when it hits 200 per 100 millilitres. But since Vancouver’s Public Health says “False Creek is not classified as a Primary Contact Recreational Water Body (i.e. it is not a swimming/bathing beach)” the agency is just advising people to stay out of the water.

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Canada is Greener, Or is It?

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

The Grass is Not Greener in Canada. Or is it?

This was the Canadian flag until 1965. Found at the blog No Fixed Address.

I was quite pleased by the interesting discussion that ensued in the comments box on my 4th of July posting. There were many really informative and insightful comments. I am quite fortunate and thankful to have the readers and commenters that I do. You guys rock!

I was also discovered to be a wannabe Canadian. Well, as Elaine said in her comment, “I kinda suspected that from your previous posts.” I’m sure she’s not the only one. But I wasn’t the only American discovered as a wannabe Canadian. There were at least two others who expressed similar sentiments. Rich humorously (but at least half seriously, I’m thinking) quipped that July 4th is “the day I like to pretend I’m Canadian.” And Christine wrote (among other very insightful comments on the post) of her own thoughts about emigration over the years.

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Tar Sands a Toxic Future

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

Youth do an oilsands reality check, and come away with negative impressions

By CAROL CHRISTIAN
Today staff
Friday July 04, 2008

Some kind of civil disobedience from First Nation youth fed up with living with the fall-out of oilsands development of could be coming in the not-too-distant future.
That prediction was made Thursday during a meeting with First Nations representatives and young adults attending the National Youth Summit in Edmonton. Some 100 youth from across the country are expected to attend the weekend conference. Eight of the youth visited Wood Buffalo Thursday during a tour organized by Greenpeace Canada.
Most of those attending the meeting came to see the oilsands first hand, to see if the negative portrayals in the media were true. They left with the impression those negative reports were accurate.

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Duck Probe Moves to More Secrecy

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

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Time Capsule Marks Climate Villians

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

Anti-global warming crusader stops in Fort McMurray

By CAROL CHRISTIAN
Today staff
Monday July 07, 2008

Concern about global warming has promoted one environmentalist to undertake a six-province, 24-state tour to educate people and raise awareness that action is needed now to prevent mass extinction.
And if people don’t become more environmentally responsible for themselves, then Anthony Marr hopes they will do it out of love for their children.
Marr set off from Vancouver on Tuesday on a tour entitled Saving Life on Earth From Mass Extinction Due to Global Warming. He plans to be on the road for the next 4 1/2 months, and when he visits each spot, he plans to bury a time capsule to be unearthed in 2060.
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