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The Dirt :: Act on Climate Edition

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions - March 27th 2015

Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, Canadians want feds to take the lead on improving Canada’s performance on climate change, scientists and academics release policy prescription for shifting Canada to renewables by 2050, and Canadians come out in droves to protest the dangerous powers of Bill C-51.

Air & Water Issues, Spills and Leaks

Science vs Spin: Dilbit sinks in the real world, but not in studies funded by oil industry

Justin Mikulka | DeSmog Blog - March 27th 2015

Press Clipping: “Once the oil started to sink, it made things a lot more difficult on our recovery.” Those were the words of Greg Powell of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during his presentation on March 10th at the National Academy of Sciences conference on the Effects of Diluted Bitumen on the Environment. Powell was one of the people involved in the response and clean up of the Kalamazoo River tar sands dilbit spill in 2010 where an Enbridge pipeline cracked and spilled approximately one million gallons of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.

Climate Impacts, Creating a Low Carbon Future

Vancouver City Council votes unanimously to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2050

Janel Johnson | Vancouver Observer - March 26th 2015

Press Clipping: Vancouver City Council made history in Canada by voting to support a shift to 100 per cent renewable energy sources. In the motion, which passed unanimously, councillors directed staff to work on a package of policies that would effectively convert the entire city to run on clean and renewable energy. In his introduction, Mayor Gregor Robertson called climate change "the most daunting and important challenge of our time." He called the consequences of not addressing it "catastrophic" and said we can no longer wait for federal governments to act. "Cities," he said, "as the most direct level of government, need to take action."

Climate Impacts

Greenhouse gas emissions: Who’s responsible for climate policy in Canada?


Shawn McCarthy | Globe and Mail - March 26th 2015

Press Clipping: The federal Conservatives have treated climate change as a political issue to be managed gingerly. Canadian provinces have begun to take the lead on climate policy. Should they? As Shawn McCarthy reports, the provinces have filled the legislative void by establishing their own climate policy, but polls show that’s not what Canadians want.

Economic Factors, Petrostate Politics

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund holds lessons for Canada

CBC - March 23rd 2015

Press Clipping: Norway today sits on top of a $1-trillion Cdn pension fund established in 1990 to invest the returns of oil and gas. The capital has been invested in over 9,000 companies worldwide, including over 200 in Canada. It is now the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. By contrast, Alberta’s Heritage Savings Fund, established in 1976 by premier Peter Lougheed, sits at only $17 billion Cdn and has been raided by governments and starved of contributions for years. "We all agree we're not facing a crisis," says Siv Jensen, Norway's finance minister. “We have low unemployment, we have growth, we have a huge surplus – that’s a very robust start in the face of declining oil prices”, she says confidently.

Petrostate Politics

That’s the power of protest. Or at least, it is for now

Elizabeth Renzetti | Globe and Mail - March 23rd 2015

Press Clipping: Now, legitimate protest is under threat once again. Not just overseas, in some far-off dictatorship with cockroach-infested prisons, but here, where the divide is economic and political and increasingly bitter. It’s environmentalists who are the new fifth columnists, and new mechanisms are being forged to squash them.