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Keystone XL, Enbridge Northern Gateway

Harper’s vision of Canada as energy superpower thwarted by opposition to pipelines


Les Whittington | Toronto Star - April 23rd 2014

Press Clipping: The Harper government, which never foresaw that pipelines would become the battleground in a frenzied struggle over climate change, is contending with a continent-wide wave of political opposition. A grassroots movement against B.C.’s Northern Gateway project and a White House decision to delay approval of Keystone XL are the latest blows to Conservatives’ plans to ship more oilsands crude abroad.

Human Rights, Enbridge Northern Gateway

For many First Nations, the answer to Northern Gateway will never be ‘yes’


Julie Gordon | Globe and Mail - April 23rd 2014

Press Clipping: A few miles from where Enbridge Inc. plans to build a massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline, Gerald Amos checks crab traps and explains why no concession from the company could win his support for the project. Amos, the former chief of the Haisla Nation, has argued for years that the risk – no matter how small – of an oil spill in these waters outweighs any reward the controversial project might offer.

Land & Species Impacts, Enbridge Northern Gateway

Ottawa removing North Pacific humpback whales from list of ‘threatened’ species


Peter O'Neil | Vancouver Sun - April 23rd 2014

Press Clipping: The Harper government is downgrading the protection of the North Pacific humpback whale despite objections from a clear majority of groups that were consulted. Critics say the whales could face greater danger if two major oilsands pipeline projects get the go-ahead, since both would result in a sharp increase in movement of large vessels on the West Coast that occasionally collide with, and kill, whales like the humpback.

Kinder Morgan

Hundreds gather for anti-pipeline procession in Burnaby

Jennifer Moreau | Burnaby Now - April 18th 2014

Press Clipping: Hundreds of people gathered in Burnaby on Saturday to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. "We are in the process of building a mass movement of people who are committed to stopping pipelines from the tar sands, and this was a step forward in building that movement," said Ruth

Economic Factors, Petrostate Politics

Government-commissioned studies suggest public unsure of energy industry benefit

Bruce Cheadle | Canadian Press - April 18th 2014

Press Clipping: Public-opinion research contracted by Ottawa suggests the pro-resource-development Conservative government has not yet convinced Canadians of the national benefits of the energy industry. "The perceived advantages of pipelines were economic — though few participants saw Canada as a whole benefiting from pipelines being built," said a report from Environics posted publicly this week.

Climate Impacts, Human Rights, Keystone XL

Jimmy Carter: Reject Keystone XL oil pipeline


Jake Miller | CBS News - April 18th 2014

Press Clipping: Former President Jimmy Carter urged President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Wednesday, warning that the project would worsen the damaging effects of climate change and saying their decision would define their legacy "on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced.”

Economic Factors

How the oil sands could very quickly become unviable


Andrew Leach | Maclean's - April 17th 2014

Press Clipping: It was reported today that Exxon-Mobil will begin disclosing the degree to which its assets are exposed to future greenhouse gas policies. This risk is at the heart of what has become known as the carbon bubble, a term advanced by UK group Carbon Tracker, which suggests that assets may be over-valued as a result of not accounting for potential future limits on fossil fuel extraction imposed to fight climate change.