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Air & Water Issues, Land & Species Impacts

Oilsands companies might be better off not restoring wetlands, U of A ecologist says

Sheila Pratt | Edmonton Journal - March 31st 2015

Press Clipping: The effort to restore wetlands in the oilsands is so weak it might be better abandoned, an ecologist told a water forum Friday at the University of Alberta. Companies are now trying to construct new wetlands on their mine leases, but these have fewer native plants, different chemistry and may in fact pose dangers to wildlife, said Kevin Timoney. Even if the companies are successful, birds, for instance, would be drawn to these constructed wetlands just a few hundred metres from an active mine with power lines and tailings ponds, and that’s not healthy, he said. “Wetland reclamation efforts have failed for years — we are seeing the development of a national sacrifice zone,” he said.

Climate Impacts, Petrostate Politics

Canada lags on greenhouse gas targets, critics charge

Tom Parry | CBC News - March 31st 2015

Press Clipping: Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray said his province is frustrated with the federal government’s silence on climate change plan. "We need the federal government to play a leadership role in the federation. They’ve got to work with particularly Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, and we need to see what they can put on the table to enable [greenhouse gas] reductions," Murray said. "They’ve got to be part of it. They can’t simply publish an inventory of what the provinces are doing and then making that Canada’s contribution. We need leadership here."

The sooner Alberta weans itself from its resource addiction, the better

Jeff Rubin | Globe and Mail - March 31st 2015

Press Clipping: Alberta’s government should be thinking deeply about what happens when countries turn their attention from the coal-fired emissions pouring out of smokestacks to the oil-fired ones spewing out of tail pipes. According to the International Energy Agency, the fight against climate change means world oil demand will need to peak in the next five years and then start falling considerably in order to keep atmospheric carbon from reaching even more dangerous levels. The new realities of climate change mean Premier Prentice may be right in spite of himself.

Economic Factors

Another major getting out of the oil sands business

Cecilia Jamasmie | Mining.com - March 31st 2015

Press Clipping: PetroChina (NYSE:PTR), the Asian country’s largest oil major by market value, no longer wants a stake in Canada’s oil sands as the ongoing collapse in crude prices has made the sector less attractive and more costly. In a Thursday filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company announced it was “actively engaged” in talks to swap North American assets with international oil companies, acknowledging the negotiations were mostly focused on Canada’s oil sands, which require high crude prices to be profitable.

Climate Impacts, Petrostate Politics

Alberta’s new head of climate change plan, Diana McQueen, blows smoke while province fails to act

James Wilt | Desmog Canada - March 31st 2015

Press Clipping: The idea that within the next five years, Alberta — the province responsible for over 35 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 — would meet its emissions targets would be laughable if it weren’t so pathetic. But that’s what was said. And by Diana McQueen, a former minister of environment, no less. But according to Environment Canada’s most recent projections for emissions, Alberta’s annual output will instead grow to 287 megatonnes a year — an overall increase of 55 megatonnes, which means that the target (a 12 per cent increase from the 2005 number) will be missed by a full 27 Mt.

Human Rights, Creating a Low Carbon Future

The fossil fuel path is immoral and financially imprudent

Valerie Rockefeller Wayne | Rockefeller Brothers Fund - March 31st 2015

Press Clipping: I am proud of the legacy of John D Rockefeller, who built the greatest fossil fuel enterprise in history. In his day, fossil fuel was a liberating force – it literally changed the face of the earth, freeing many people from toil. The family business is now philanthropy; at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which I chair, we use the money made from Standard Oil to advance social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. But the key phrase in the encomium above is “in his day”. Consider the words of my great-great grandfather’s rough contemporary, the poet James Russell Lowell, which he wrote about slavery and would later become a resounding hymn: “New occasions teach new duties; time makes ancient good uncouth; they must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.”