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Diversifying Canada's Economy, Creating a Low Carbon Future

Report Card: Canada’s Policy Support for Clean Technology Exports

Penelope Comette, Maximilian Kniewasser and Patricia Lightburn | Pembina Institute - July 30th 2015

Publication: Canadian cleantech exports currently represent over one per cent of this $1 trillion global industry, and the percentage of Canadian cleantech companies that are exporters is projected to grow from 68 per cent in 2013 to 85 per cent in 2015. The U.S. in particular represents a significant market for Canadian cleantech exports with 50 per cent of current export sales coming from U.S. markets. This report card is a scan of the policies and programs in place at both the federal and provincial level in Canada that support cleantech companies in their pursuit of export opportunities.

Keystone XL

Mid-week update: Keystone XL permit hearing – off the rails

Dakota Rural Action - July 30th 2015

Blog Post: We have just concluded the third day of testimony on the Keystone XL permit certification here in Pierre, South Dakota. It’s been a bit of a ride, to say the least – rules seem to change by the hour, TransCanada pulled a witness soon after intervening parties started asking him questions, and at times the room has been quite heated (and not due to being on the fourth floor of the Capitol building in July – it’s been testy in here).

Keystone XL

Canada’s Harper isn’t ‘hopeful’ Obama will approve Keystone

Theophilos Argitis and Greg Quinn | Bloomberg Business - July 30th 2015

Press Clipping: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said U.S. delays in approving the Keystone XL pipeline are “not a hopeful sign” and reflect the “peculiar politics” of the Obama administration. “A positive decision has not been rendered for a very long time, that’s obviously not a hopeful sign,” Harper said in an interview Wednesday at his Ottawa office, adding he discussed the matter recently with the U.S. president. “I think there’s very peculiar politics of this particular administration.”

Land & Species Impacts, Spills and Leaks

Oilsands pipeline projects look doomed after Nexen oil spill leaves two football fields of black goo


Rebecca Penty and Robert Tuttle | Bloomberg News - July 28th 2015

Press Clipping: It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get oilsands pipeline projects off the ground, and Alberta’s worst spill since 1980 will probably make it tougher. A rupture in a line operated by Nexen, a unit of China’s Cnooc Ltd., spewed 31,500 barrels of bitumen, waste water and sand into the bog-like muskeg of the province’s north this month, igniting outrage from communities along pipeline routes.

Keystone XL

Keystone XL backer Hoeven says Obama will reject pipeline


Jim Snyder and Rebecca Penty | Bloomberg Business - July 28th 2015

Press Clipping: A leading congressional supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline predicted President Barack Obama will reject the $8 billion project when Congress is out of town in August. Senator John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, cited “sources” Tuesday as he discussed the pipeline in a Senate floor speech without identifying where he got his information. “What I’m hearing from multiple sources is that he is going to turn down Keystone when we’re out in August."

Climate Impacts

With Canada’s safe carbon budget too small for tar sands, hunt for solutions goes global


Barry Saxifrage | National Observer - July 28th 2015

Press Clipping: The Alberta tar sands contain a gargantuan 170 billion barrels of oil that are economically viable to extract using today's technology. Unfortunately, the climate pollution from extracting it all using current technology would exceed any safe and sane carbon budget for Canada. If we Canadians live up to our fundamental climate obligations and promises, there will only be enough national carbon budget to extract a tiny percentage of tar sands reserves.