Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, 25,000 Canadians march on Quebec City to push provincial premiers to Act on Climate Change — and they did; annual addition of renewable energy capacity now surpasses fossil fuels; and the slow response to an oil spill in Vancouver’s English Bay may be the death knell of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline dreams.
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Blog Post: The Act on Climate March mobilized 25,000 people to the streets of Quebec City, three days before the Premier of Quebec's provincial climate summit. By bringing together the best of modern organizing, communications, and digital campaigning we were able to elevate our issue, change the conversation around it, and frame it in a way that boxed our opponents in, all while achieving breakthrough success in traditional and online media. It was a huge success, and, I believe, set a new high bar for campaign integration. Here's how I saw it all come together.
Press Clipping: The response to the fuel spill in English Bay has only highlighted the concerns of Burnaby politicians opposed to Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The response this time was "pathetic,” said Burnaby-Douglas NDP MP Kennedy Stewart. "You've got a toxic chemical washing up on beaches and they don't bother to inform the health authorities for 12 hours? … It just seems like they're not a 21st Century kind of response. You know, a tweet would have been nice."
Press Clipping: A company pivotal to Canada’s most ambitious oil pipeline project has a mixed environmental record of spills and regulatory warnings, a finding likely to bolster activist opposition to the proposal. Family-owned Irving Oil, poised to build and operate the sole Atlantic export terminal for TransCanada’s Energy East oil sands pipeline from Alberta, has logged at least 19 accidents classified by regulators as “environmental emergencies” at its existing facilities in eastern Canada since 2012, including three that drew warnings for delayed reporting.
Blog Post: Last Friday marked the final day of our Prairies Energy East: Our Risk – Their Reward tour. This was the third tour along the 4400km pipeline path, the first visited Ontario and the second, Atlantic Canada. At 1.1 million barrels per day, Energy East is the largest pipeline proposed to date. Working with local partners, the public forums provide an important alternative narrative to the one-sided, trade show style ‘open houses’ held by TransCanada. By the numbers, here are some of our Prairies tour results.
Press Clipping: Global banking giant HSBC has warned investors of the growing risk of their fossil fuel assets becoming useless. In the report, titled ‘Stranded assets: what next?’, analysts warn of the growing likelihood that fossil fuel companies may become “economically non-viable”, as people move away from carbon energy and fossil fuels are left in the ground. The report argues that investors who stay in fossil fuels “may one day be seen to be late movers, on ‘the wrong side of history’”.
Press Clipping: Three days after 25,000 Canadians marched in Ottawa to demand more action on climate, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Canada needs to take "more responsibility" to tackle climate change, and that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has to "take a position" on the issue. Wynne said she believes the prime minister would be present at the UN climate conference in December, but urged the federal government to take a stronger stance. "I think the federal government has to take a position," Wynne said.