Publication: A new report from Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED), "How do pipeline spills impact property values?", reveals that an oil spill in Burrard Inlet or along BC’s south coast has the potential to negatively impact property values and cost jobs in real estate and property development, in areas both adjacent to spill sites as well as the surrounding region. The research concludes that oil spills have direct and lasting impacts on property values. In particular, the report finds that: In eight documented cases, properties directly impacted by spills were significantly devalued; nearby properties lost up to 8 per cent of their value; where homes relied on well water and the groundwater was contaminated, the value loss was permanent.
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Visual: It’s been seven long years since Canada committed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector, including tar sands producers. And so far Canada has done exactly nothing. Really? And now you want to pipe your filthy tar sands oil through America with no emissions requirements? Really?
Press Clipping: Christopher Ragan, associate professor of economics at McGill University and the David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy at the C.D. Howe Institute, argues that Harper’s distaste for a carbon tax is not only preventing Canada from achieving its GHG-reduction goals, it’s also an expensive ruse that defies the logic of the market-based policies most economists and environmentalists support.
Press Clipping: Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., an outspoken advocate of the Keystone XL pipeline, isn't thrilled to hear that prominent Democratic strategist John Podesta has formally joined President Obama's inner circle at the White House. Podesta's think tank, the Center for American Progress, has been battling the proposed pipeline, and Podesta himself has been critical of the project for years. "It creates a concern," Hoeven told National Journal in the Capitol. "The White House has delayed this for now more than five years. It looks to me if they can find a way to turn it down, that is what they are going to do."
Press Clipping: At first glance, I was all, "Awww cute animals! Charming landscape!" But when I heard what TransCanada is planning to build right through that charming landscape, my reaction was more [angst]. Be sure to stick around past 0:46 to ... hear about the farmers' inspiring story of resistance. Seriously though. It's fantastic.
Blog Post: For years the Canadian government has been lobbying governments across Europe not to “discriminate against the tar sands” as the EU implements its ground-breaking climate legislation called the Fuel Quality Directive. The Canadians have argued that the carbon intensity of tar sands production is similar to other crudes and therefore should not be “discriminated against”. Canadians have also been lobbying the Obama administration to approve the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. But the tar sands industry has a dirty little secret that has overwhelming political and economic consequences for the development of the tar sands: According to a new scientific analysis, many tar sands wells are actually using more energy than they produce.
Blog Post: As the world awaits State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement and President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, a series of articles reminded us that Canada lacks a serious climate policy—and cannot even finalize simple oil and gas industry regulations. Canada’s failure to implement any meaningful climate policies demonstrates that the Harper government is not aligned with the Obama administration’s climate goals. The articles refer to President Obama’s comments that Canada could "potentially be doing more" to curb carbon emissions from oil-sands development—though experts have noted that there are significant policy and political barriers to actually mitigating those emissions.