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Greenjobs are the Future for Alberta and Saskatchewan

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

Dion’s plan targets oil-rich provinces

Tax to hit Alberta, Saskatchewan hard

From Friday’s Globe and Mail

TORONTO — Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion says 40 per cent of Canada’s carbon emissions come from Alberta and Saskatchewan and the two western provinces will have to do the most to change their habits under his new green plan. But he said it will be good for them – and he’s taking that message to the Calgary Stampede next weekend.

“If we do this plan, Alberta and Saskatchewan will be better off 10 years from now than if we don’t do this plan,” Mr. Dion said. “Their economies will be more diversified, their universities will be at the centre of something big happening around the world, and investments will grow.”

He rejected the notion that the two highest polluting provinces having to contend with a greater carbon tax burden could result in Western alienation.

Liberal leader Stéphane Dion announces his carbon tax plan  in Ottawa on June 19. Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press

Enlarge ImageLiberal leader Stéphane Dion announces his carbon tax plan in Ottawa on June 19. (Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press)

“To do the right thing will be beneficial for them,” Mr. Dion told The Globe and Mail’s editorial board. “I care about Alberta and Saskatchewan. I know many people who want to do the right thing. Many will know that it will create jobs there – green jobs.”

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Investment and the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

June 26, 2008

Shelley Alpern on How Tar Sands Perpetuate Petro-Addiction
by Bill Baue

SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Shelley Alpern of Trillium Asset Management about its shareholder activism on oil company exploitation of tar sands.

SocialFunds.com — In a 2006 Rolling Stone interview, Al Gore infamously likened the practice of extracting oil from tar sands to “junkies find[ing] veins in their toes” to inject heroin. Gore’s image simply extends to its logical conclusion George Bush’s 2006 State of the Union “addicted to oil” metaphor. Clean, renewable energy represents a healthy cure for petro-addiction. Tar sands, which increase the carbon intensity of petroleum extraction, represent an exacerbation of the climate-changing addiction — kind of like trying to cure heroin addiction by injecting arsenic.

SocialFunds writer Bill Baue recently spoke with Shelley Alpern, director of social research and advocacy at Trillium Asset Management, about her shareholder activism asking oil companies such as ConocoPhillips and BP to assess and disclose the social, environmental, and financial risks of tar sands exploitation.
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It offend me deeply….

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

“It offends me deeply to hear people say dirty oil” – Iris Evans

Oh yeah? Well it offends my rights and that of billions of humans and countless species that people like Alberta Finance Minister Iris Evans (originator of the title quote) encourages the production of dirty oil.

Alberta politicians and oil
producers are fighting back at a resolution passed by U.S. mayors calling for a boycott of fuel from Alberta’s oilsands. At their annual meeting in Florida, the American mayors passed a resolution that urges major American cities to ban the u
se of fuel from the oilsands in municipal vehicles.

The mayors claim that producing oil from the oilsands emits three times as much carbon dioxide into the environment as conventional oil production.

Even though the boycott will not make much of an immediate difference to Alberta oil companies since it would be difficult to enforce and too easy to slip by, the longer term effects will pack a huge punch. To have US mayors declaring Alberta oil dirty and harmful to environments, public opinion shifts more in favour of plans which truly reduce emissions.

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Tar Sands Vacation

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

Oil sands: Canada’s next vacation wonderland?

Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:37pm EDT

By Jeffrey Jones

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – If it’s sand you crave on your vacation, then Greenpeace might have just the travel idea for you.

But you could have some hefty cleaning bills by the time you get home.

In an increasingly heated debate over the ecological impact of Canadian oil sands production, the environmental group has launched a tongue-in-cheek website promoting the huge northern Alberta energy projects as vacation destinations.

Using Alberta’s logo, the site, www.travellingalberta.com, invites tourists to laze on black-sand beaches surrounding tailings ponds, hang-glide on “the unique coal bed methane and sour gas updrafts,” then ride on one of the gargantuan dump trucks that trundle around the oil sands mines.

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Big Oil talks Carbon Tax

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

OK, Alberta oil producers, start thinking carbon taxes

From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail

You might have recently seen newspaper advertisements for Suncor Energy, the oil-sands producer, touting its record in fighting greenhouse-gas emissions.

Suncor, relatively speaking, has been one of the most environmentally conscious oil companies. Rick George, the company’s president and CEO, has spoken often about environmental challenges.

Suncor’s ads, and its recently released progress report on climate change, show it has decreased the intensity of its energy use, thereby reducing greenhouse-gas emissions while investing in several renewable energy projects.

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Alberta ignores U.S. oil critics at its peril

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

Don Martin, National Post Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Suncor oilsands, in Fort McMurray, Alta.Claudia Cataneo/National PostSuncor oilsands, in Fort McMurray, Alta.

There was a time when being Alberta’s man in Washington D.C. involved golf rounds and cocktail circuits of non-stop fun.

As America’s most reliable energy supplier, the province rated a red-carpet reception in a national capital thirsting for secure oil. Not any more.

Gary Mar is not yet a political pariah, but he’s running an Alberta office in the Canadian embassy that’s fighting negative perception battles on multiple fronts.

Arguably the brightest Cabinet minister to grace former premier Ralph Klein’s front bench for more than a dozen years, he’s been representing the province in the U.S. capital for less than a year now and finds himself under increasing siege by an organized environmental backlash against the Alberta oil sands.

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More from the Denial Machine

Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

By JEREMY LOOME, EDMONTON SUN

“Unfair” environmental criticism that is mounting in the U.S. against the oilsands could cause an uncertain economic future for Alberta, Finance Minister Iris Evans said yesterday.

Evans said she won’t predict the double-digit multibillion-dollar surplus many expect here next year due to high oil prices, noting the province is waging political war against anti-dirty oil legislation in the U.S. that could impact its ability to develop an oilsands-based economy.

HOPING FOR HELP

And she said she’s hoping for help from states that also benefit from upgrading bitumen, the oilsand/tar mix that is refined into synthetic crude.

“It offends me deeply to hear people say ‘dirty oil,’ ” she said. “When they go to the gas tank and fill up with the oil, they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a drop of oil out of our oilsands and any other oil they’ll purchase anywhere else. So that’s highly offensive.”
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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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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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