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Impacts of the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 30, 2008

Economic, Environmental Costs of Developing Tar Sands & Oil Shale “Unthinkable”: WWF-UK

by Matthew McDermott, Brooklyn, NY on 07.29.08

anti-tar sands protest action in calgary photo
Photo from a tar sands protest action in Calgary, January 2008 by Steve Loo via flickr.

We’ve written so many times about the unmitigated environmental disaster that is tapping unconventional sources of oil, such as Canadian tar sands and US oil shales, that the subject may be old hat to many TreeHugger readers. That said, a new report from WWF-UK has summed up just how bad the environmental impact of these projects actually is, that it’s worth passing on.

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Dene Water Worries

Posted by mhudema on July 15, 2008

Dene water worries
Brodie Thomas
Northern News Services
Published Monday, July 14, 2008

TETLIT’ZHEH/FORT MCPHERSON – Concern over the future of waterresources took centre stage at the 38th annual Dene National Assemblyin Fort McPherson last week.

Before the meetings even got underway, Dene chiefs had met with Premier Floyd Roland on Monday afternoon in Inuvik.

‘There was a lot of discussion on waterthat comes from the border. We don’t yet have an agreement with othergovernments,’ said Sahtu Grand Chief Frank Andrew.

With at least three conferences onwater planned in the next six months, including a national waterconference to be held in Yellowknife this November, some chiefs werecalling for a public inquiry into how the Alberta tar sands operationsare using water from the Athabasca River.

‘We have to make this as big orbigger than the Berger inquiry. We drink water. We don’t drink oil,’said Tlicho Grand Chief George Mackenzie.

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Posted by mhudema on July 15, 2008

Book Review: Blue Gold

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No Celebration for High Oil Prices in Cowtown

Posted by mhudema on July 15, 2008

Here’s one stampede Calgary isn’t celebrating

Headshot of Derek DeCloet

CALGARY — The cowboy hats are back on the closet shelf; the cartoonish western window paintings that decorate most of the downtown office buildings here will soon be scrubbed away. The Calgary Stampede – a 10-day party during which “the productivity rate goes down and the birth rate goes up,” as one financial type puts it – is over. But in the oil patch, a sense of excitement remains.

Or does it? With oil above $140 (U.S.) a barrel and natural gas prices in the double digits, you might think you’d be able to literally smell the money in Canada’s energy capital. But the unmistakable scent of prosperity is tinged with – what is it? “Fear” is too strong a word. But “worry” isn’t far off.

“It’s not fun,” says Jim Davidson, chief executive officer of First Energy Capital.

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Carbon-Capture plan full of hot air

Posted by mhudema on July 10, 2008

July 10, 2008

Carbon-capture plan full of hot air, say critics



It’s a $2-billion blunder that could prove even more costly to Alberta’s environment, say critics.

They’ve lambasted the Alberta government for committing half of a $4 billion green fund to carbon capture and storage (CCS) – the process of storing carbon gases underground – as an unproven science that ultimately may not even be able to hide the province’s carbon emissions problem, let alone solve it.

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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

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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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 –

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

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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