Blog Post: Today the Federal Liberal Party released the first planks of their environment platform, included within it is a commitment to enact an oil tanker ban on BC's north coast, effectively stopping Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline from proceeding.
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Blog Post: Alberta's NDP government has announced a new climate policy that places heavier fines on facilities that exceed emissions targets. While this policy will not have a significant impact on Alberta's overall emissions, it is an important symbolic gesture of the Notley government's intention to adopt more ambitious reforms in the future. But will it be enough to put Alberta - and Canada - back on track to meet its climate targets?
Blog Post: Quebec's Premier Philippe Couillard publicly stated that he does not see any benefit in building the Energy East pipeline. Citing climate impacts and the imminent danger of a spill, Couillard shared his desire to build a fossil-free province that leads the nation in climate action. Couillard also promised Quebec would take a prominent role at the Paris climate summit in December.
Blog Post: Ben Gotschall, a veteran rancher and now Energy Director with Bold Nebraska, had first hand experience fighting against Keystone XL in his home state. After embarking on the Energy East tour of the prairies with the National Farmers Union and the Council of Canadians, Gotschall reflects on the similarities between the two movements and the people's fight to protect their land, their drinking water, and their homes from being destroyed by a dangerous pipeline.
Blog Post: A group of researchers surveyed 27 oil-sands projects in Alberta to assess their greenhouse gas production. The peer-reviewed study was conducted jointly by the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, researchers at Stanford University and the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of California, Davis. Their findings do note bode well for Canada's oil producers, and have added major ammunition to industry critics and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Blog Post: While the president’s scrutiny of Keystone XL is well-received, he faces another tar sands pipeline controversy brewing in the Midwest, thanks to his own State Department. With public attention largely focused on Keystone XL, the State Department is quietly allowing a major expansion of the Enbridge tar sands pipeline system. In the face of Big Oil’s dirty tar sands expansion plans, the Great Lakes region has become the latest focus of the growing movement against dirty fuels.
Press Clipping: The courts may, or may not, stop construction of Northern Gateway, but as with the NEP, it’s political pressure on lawmakers that will prove decisive. There are early signs that a shift like this may already be afoot. Enbridge has become a liability for Conservative candidates in every B.C. riding touching salt water. Seat projections by ThreeHundredEight.com have the Conservatives losing seven of their 21 B.C. incumbents, while being shut out of six new ridings created by redistribution.