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Climate Impacts, Petrostate Politics

Canada needs to admit it has no climate change reviews, plans or policy

Cameron Fenton | 350.org Canada - March 2nd 2015

Blog Post: Canada has no climate regulations, massive pipeline projects like Energy East receive no climate review, and all in all we have no plan for managing the climate impacts of our nation's fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions -- the tar sands. Not simply an environmental catastrophe in the making, this has become a reality because of a single-minded push from Stephen Harper to shackle our economy to dirty tar sands exports, a gamble proving ill planned while the price of oil stays at record lows. Meanwhile, almost no politicians seem willing to say, let alone to take action to change things.

Enbridge Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan, Energy East

Don’t build more pipelines

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Tim Gray | Environmental Defence - February 26th 2015

Press Clipping: Federal politicians can’t have it both ways on climate. Far too many Canadian politicians hold the erroneous view that we can address climate change while, at the same time, growing the tar sands and their pipelines. We can’t. There is a direct link between the pipelines, tar sands expansion, and carbon emissions. Industry needs the pipelines to grow. Industry officials have said so on multiple occasions. The most direct way to address the environmental impacts of pipelines is, of course, not to build the pipelines. Building pipelines while smiling and talking soothingly about better listening won’t change the carbon emissions math.

Enbridge Northern Gateway

Courts, costs stall Northern Gateway as Enbridge eyes new West Coast pipeline project

Robin Rowland | Northwest Coast Energy News - February 25th 2015

Press Clipping: Court challenges and rising costs will stall the Northern Gateway project for most of 2015, Enbridge says in its Fourth Quarter (2014) Strategic Update, released Friday. That means if the Northern Gatway project actually goes ahead, the company now says it will not be completed until at least 2020 or 2021. The strategic planning report also contains cryptic references that Enbridge is now planning a second pipeline project to the “west coast” possibly to carry LNG, that could also be completed by 2020 or 2021.

Economic Factors

Cash flows from Canada oil sands to fall by $23 bln in 2 yrs

Reuters - February 25th 2015

Press Clipping: Cash flows from the Canadian oil sands will fall by $23 billion and turn negative in the next two years, energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in a report on Tuesday, as low crude prices make it less economical to extract tar-like bitumen from the sands. Given the price dive, Wood Mackenzie said the oil sands region's 2015 through 2016 cash flows would drop from $19 billion to minus $4 billion, a 120 percent fall.

Petrostate Politics, Keystone XL

Crude Awakening: How the Keystone veto dashes Canada’s ‘superpower’ dreams

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Tim Dickinson | Rolling Stone Magazine - February 25th 2015

Press Clipping: Barack Obama's veto of Keystone XL has placed the export pipeline for Canadian tar-sands crude on its deathbed. As we, in the United States, consider the fate of our own massive oil reserves and confront the specter of yet another Bush presidency, Stephen Harper's Canada offers a cautionary tale — about the economic and political havoc that can be unleashed when a first-world nation yokes itself to Tea Party economics and to the boom and bust of Big Oil.

Keystone XL

Obama: Keystone pipeline bill ‘has earned my veto’

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Gregory Korte | USA Today - February 24th 2015

Press Clipping: President Obama vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, making good on a threat to reject a proposal embraced by Republicans as a jobs measure but opposed by environmentalists as contributing to climate change. Environmentalists claimed victory. "The pen was mightier than the pipeline," said Anna Aurilio of Environment America.