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Ontario to Join in Carbon Trading Pact

Posted by mhudema on July 18, 2008

Ontario to sign cap-and-trade climate plan

McGuinty pans Alberta plan to invest in carbon capture, storage

Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Friday, July 18, 2008

QUEBEC CITY – Ontario will join a transcontinental environmental network devoted to fighting climate change as early as today, increasing pressure on Alberta and Saskatchewan to ramp up their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In a move praised by environmentalists, Ontario will sign on to the Western Climate Initiative, joining seven U.S. states, British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. The WCI includes plans to establish North America’s first transcontinental cap-and-trade system in 2012.

One climate-change expert described the news as “an important development” in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions.

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Greenpeace Press Premiers to Sign Kyotoplus

Posted by mhudema on July 17, 2008

Greenpeace to press premiers to sign on to KYOTOplus

    QUEBEC CITY, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Greenpeace will press Canada's
premiers to sign on to the KYOTOplus targets for greenhouse gas reductions
during the Council of the Federation meeting in Quebec City.
    To emphasize the need for real action on climate change to the premiers,
Greenpeace activists will have a banner at the Council meeting highlighting
the KYOTOplus campaign outside the Chateau Frontenac at 9 a.m. Thursday
    "The federal government has failed to address climate change," said
Arthur Sandborn, Greenpeace climate campaigner. "That's why we are in Quebec
City pushing our KYOTOplus campaign with the premiers."    .
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Alberta Gets Failing Grade on Climate Plan

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

Flunking grades for Alta. on climate change

Marianne White ,  Canwest News Service

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

QUEBEC – British Columbia is leading the pack of Canadian provinces on climate change plans with its carbon tax while Alberta is the laggard, a report released Wednesday by the David Suzuki Foundation says.

As the premiers gathered in Quebec City for the Council of the Federation, where climate change is one of the hot topics, the conservation group issued a report card assessing the efforts of each province.

The report gives a good rating to Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario for their policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Not surprisingly, Alberta – which has no plan to cut back on emissions – rated the worst, with Saskatchewan not far from the bottom.

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Alberta Worst Offender on Climate Change

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

New report shows provincial action on climate change heating up (except in Alberta)


For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         July 16, 2008

QUEBEC CITY Most provinces (Alberta not included) are stepping up with strong targets and policies to reduce greenhouse gases in the absence of federal leadership on climate change, says a new David Suzuki Foundation report.

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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,, 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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Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

Green isn’t Suncor’s colour

executive director, Greenpeace Canada

Suncor CEO Rick George is correct that being green is good for a company (It’s Not Easy Being Green, But It’s Good Business – Report on Business, June 23).

Unfortunately, Suncor isn’t even close to being an environmental leader. Recently, it released its “progress” report. Some progress: It showed that Suncor’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions and its overall emission intensity had increased in 2007 from 2006. Suncor’s emissions are projected to double between 2007 and 2012, for a whopping 520-per-cent increase since 1990. That will make the tar sands, and Suncor in particular, a major factor in Canada failing dismally to achieve its Kyoto emissions-reduction target.

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Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

Albertans defend oilsands after criticism from U. S. mayors; Americans urge
municipalities to ban use of gas in vehicles because process produces too
much carbon dioxide;

Dateline: EDMONTON

Alberta politicians are rising to defend the province’s main economic driver
after U. S. mayors passed a resolution urging American cities to stop using
fuel derived from the oilsands.

“I wish I could talk to all of them one-on-one,” Finance Minister Iris
Evans said Tuesday.

“I continually am reminded that people in Alberta — as well as certainly
people in the United States — do not really comprehend the good things that
have been done in Alberta and that’s an elephant in the room, that lack of

On Monday, U. S. mayors passed a resolution at their annual conference in
Miami urging cities to ban the use of oilsands-derived gasoline in municipal

They took direct aim at Alberta’s oilsands, pointing out that developing a
barrel of oilsands oil produces three times as much carbon dioxide as
conventional oil. The resolution also alleges oilsands development damages
Canada’s boreal forest and slows the transition to cleaner energy sources in
the United States.

Energy Minister Mel Knight promised Monday that Alberta will soon announce
major strides in capturing and storing greenhouse gas emissions from the

On Tuesday, other politicians leapt to his side.

Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier invited a delegation of his American
counterparts to visit his city to learn more about oilsands production.

“Reducing greenhouse gas is an important issue, but it requires a
comprehensive, thoughtful and realistic approach,” he said.

“This resolution suggests a lack of understanding and we hope by extending
that invitation we can help set the record straight.”

Echoing the provincial government’s position, he said the mayors should have
focused more on conservation and technological innovation.

“We can pass all the `feel-good’ resolutions that we want, but the reality
of the situation is that production from the oilsands is necessary,” he

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach repeated a suggestion he has made before that
his province is a leader in environmental regulation.

“We are the first jurisdiction to put in place emission levies,” he said.

“We’re doing cumulative environmental impact assessments both in the
oilsands and also in the industrial heartland. We’re the only jurisdiction
in Canada to put forward a land-use framework and also our water-for-life
strategy is well ahead of many jurisdictions in North America.”

Evans said emissions per barrel of oil have been reduced by 45 per cent by
the industry since 1990 and that $40 million has been collected from
industries that failed to meet the province’s emissions targets.

“I think we’re doing more than anyone else.”

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Upgrader Hearings Met with Opposition

Posted by mhudema on June 23, 2008

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta. — A hearing is under way regarding a proposed new upgrader project northeast of Edmonton.

The Energy Resources Conservation Board is looking at a proposal by Petro-Canada to build a $7-billion oil upgrader northwest of Edmonton.

A hearing that started today in Fort Saskatchewan will hear the company’s formal proposal and give landowners a chance to voice opposition.

Those against the idea are concerned about the pollution the project could bring to what’s known as Upgrader Alley because of several existing and proposed facilities.

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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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Investing in Environmental Destruction and Cultural Genocide

Posted by mhudema on June 17, 2008

Petroleum meeting greeted by protesters

Investors at a petroleum symposium in Calgary Monday were challenged to taste water taken from Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta.
Investors at a petroleum symposium in Calgary Monday were challenged to taste water taken from Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta. (CBC)Oilsands protesters challenged investors at a Calgary petroleum conference on Monday to drink from bottles of murky water from Lake Athabasca, which sits near Alberta’s major oilsands developments.

Environmentalists joined residents from the Fort Chipewyan area in northern Alberta at the annual symposium of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to ask the oil and gas industry to slow down development long enough to fully study the water supply downstream from oilsands projects.

The protesters also wanted to attract the attention of hundreds of investors at the symposium.

“Our kids, my children, they swim in that water. They drink that water every day. They drink it and we drink it out of our taps, so if it’s safe, they should be able to take a drink of it too,” Lionel Lepine, a member of the 1,500-member Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation, told CBC News outside the downtown meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

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