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Government Fails To Disclose Carbon Captures Limited Role in Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on November 25, 2008

Secret advice to politicians: oilsands emissions hard to scrub

Briefing document is pessimistic on carbon storage and capture

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Carbon dioxide emissions from Western Canada's oilsands are set to increase from five per cent to 16 per cent of the national total by 2020 under current plans. Carbon dioxide emissions from Western Canada’s oilsands are set to increase from five per cent to 16 per cent of the national total by 2020 under current plans. (Canadian Press)CBC News has obtained a government document that says reducing greenhouse gases from Western Canada’s oilsands will be much more difficult than some politicians and the industry suggest.

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In Conversation: Thoughts on the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 31, 2008

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Speaking out In conversation with … Mike Hudema

How does someone get from Crescent Heights High School to a stage in Southern California challenging General Motors CEO to build the world’s most fuel efficient car?

For Medicine Hat native Mike Hudema, a spokesman with Greenpeace Alberta, the road included an exchange to India and years at the University of Alberta, where he was student body president and earned education and law degrees.

Along the way he also was charged with eating his ballot in the 2000 federal election, ran for the provincial New Democrats the following year, worked with numerous environmental and political action causes, and wrote a book titled An Action a Day Keeps Global Capitalism Away.

News reporter Collin Gallant spoke by phone with Hudema at the Edmonton Greenpeace offices where he works on the group’s Stop the Tar Sands campaign.

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Hotlines compete over crisis calls

Posted by mhudema on May 8, 2008

Alberta Environment, Greenpeace locked in telephone duel
Jason Markusoff
The Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON – Greenpeace and the Alberta government are doing battle again — this time, about who has the hottest hotline.

While Alberta Environment is trying to better promote its own emergency complaints line, the department’s minister decried Wednesday the activist group’s call that Fort McMurray residents and oilsands workers phone in tips to its Greenpeace office.

The environmentalist group advertised in Wednesday’s edition of the Fort McMurray Today, requesting anonymous tips about injured wildlife or damage caused by the oilsands.

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Alberta minister rejects inquiry into duck deaths

Posted by mhudema on May 6, 2008

JIM MACDONALD

THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is rejecting calls for a public inquiry into the death of 500 ducks that landed on a toxic oil sands tailings pond.

Greenpeace activist Mike Hudema stood on the steps of the legislature Monday and demanded an independent review into last week’s waterfowl disaster in northern Alberta.

“No amount of well meaning words … and not even a week’s worth of full-page apology ads are going to solve these problems,” Mr. Hudema said. “Only truthful answers, hard questions and meaningful action will do that.”

Syncrude ran such ads in several major newspapers on the weekend.

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Duck disaster sinks Alberta government’s credibility

Posted by mhudema on May 4, 2008

Graham Thomson
Calgary Herald

If they ever dredge Syncrude’s toxic tailings ponds to recover the bodies of this week’s 500 dead birds, they might also discover something else: the Alberta government’s credibility on oilsands development. It’s lying at the bottom of the tailings ponds, as much a victim of deadly waste and questionable environmental policies as the ducks themselves.

It’ll take more than a good soap-and-water scrubbing to restore any lustre to this tarnished credibility, let alone life. When dealing with what even the environment minister deemed to be a “tragedy,” the government has been by turns secretive, defensive and combative — when it should have been simply sorry, sorry, sorry.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on the other hand, seems to understand the political effectiveness of throwing yourself at the mercy of the court of public opinion. “It’s obviously a terrible tragedy and I think we and a lot of people are upset about it,” Harper told reporters at a news conference in Edmonton on Thursday.

“I think we expect better, to be quite honest. This kind of thing shouldn’t be happening.”

Harper wasn’t making excuses or downplaying the seriousness of the incident. You got the impression he understood the public outrage and was sincerely interested in helping find ways to stop it happening again. Interestingly enough, that’s actually how the Alberta government first responded on Tuesday in a news conference with Premier Ed Stelmach and Environment Minister Rob Renner.

The two looked upset and made a point of saying they were alerted to the disaster not by Syncrude, but by an anonymous tip. Stelmach promised to take tough action if the company had broken government regulations.

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