Press Clipping: Scientist Lynne Quarmby -- the chair of SFU's molecular biology and biochemistry department, and a face of public opposition against pipeline giant Kinder Morgan -- has just been arrested at Burnaby Mountain. "The reason we're in this predicament here in Burnaby has to do with the Conservative Harper government and what they did at the end of 2012 in the omnibus bill that stripped environmental regulations," she said in a speech minutes before her arrest. "The NEB process is now a sham. We have a process that does not allow consideration of climate change ... at a time that climate change is the biggest problem facing humanity."
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Press Clipping: Environmental leader David Suzuki wrote a letter praising his grandson Tamo Campos, a co-founder of environmental and human rights group Beyond Boarding, after his arrest on Burnaby Mountain protesting Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion work on Thursday. "Tamo Campos is my grandson and I am very proud of him," Suzuki wrote. "He is doing what I would have done myself were it not a risk to my position as host of The Nature of Things on CBC."
Blog Post: As Congress renewed the debate over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and President Obama became increasingly vocal about his reservations about the project, this week saw a reemergence of some of the same tired myths that have muddled the public debate over the pipeline for years. Pipeline proponents and pundits have pushed forward a number of myths about Keystone XL that seek to minimize its perceived importance as part of the climate debate, but the facts tell a different story.
Press Clipping: Only a third of Quebecers support the controversial Energy East oil pipeline project, according to a poll conducted by researchers at the Université de Montréal. But it is a different situation outside the province. Nationally, half of Canadians support the project, with 68 per cent of Albertans favouring the pipeline, the poll found. The U de M poll results come the day after TransCanada’s communications plan to win over Quebecers and silence critics were leaked. The company’s strategic plan devoted to Quebec, dated May 20, calls for recruiting “third parties” to “build an echo chamber of aligned voices” in favour of the project.
Blog Post: Ron Liepert, a former Alberta Energy Minister and Conservative candidate for Calgary Signal Hill in the upcoming 2015 election, delivered a master class in ad hominem reasoning this week for listeners of CBC Radio's The Current. Debating the Keystone pipeline with Greenpeace Canada's Keith Stewart, Liepert repeatedly complained of "extreme environmentalists" with "extreme arguments" waging "extreme environmental attacks on Alberta's oil industry" for calling for a transition to renewable energy sources.
Press Clipping: Over the past year West Coast Native News has reported on many crude oil and toxic produced water spills all over Alberta. In fact we have reported over 600,000 litres of toxic crap that has been spilled just last month and yet not one mainstream media outlet has picked up the incidents. So lets take a look back at just the last month (October) and see just what the mainstream is not telling you. The results are shocking.
Press Clipping: Senate Democrats held together just enough votes on Tuesday to defeat, at least for now, legislation to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The bill's failure, by 59 yeas to 41 nays, lets President Obama off the hook for a possible veto at the start of this lame-duck session of Congress. But the Senate vote, like the one favoring the project in the House a few days earlier, was really about more than the Keystone. It was the first defense by besieged Congressional Democrats of President Obama's entire environmental and climate agenda, which they fear may be going down the drain.