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Enbridge Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan

Cities rising: B.C. municipal leaders demand a bigger say over oil pipelines

Mychaylo Prystupa | Vancouver Observer - September 29th 2014

Press Clipping: At the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler this week, one visible sign of rising local government activism against oil pipeline projects from Alberta was on municipal leaders’ wrists: a simple blue band. Duncan city councillor Michelle Bell wore one. She, along with leaders of other heavyweight communities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Victoria – supported UBCM motions aimed squarely against Kinder Morgan and the National Energy Board.

Climate Impacts, Creating a Low Carbon Future

We must heed Naomi Klein’s call

Ian Gill | The Tyee - September 29th 2014

Press Clipping: Naomi Klein's new book, "This Changes Everything”, makes clear what we're up against and what has to happen. It is unambiguous in its condemnation of a system whose failures are now writ so large as to present the greatest mortal and moral threat our species has ever faced. She is equally unambiguous about what needs to be done, and who needs to do it. And when.

Kinder Morgan

Burnaby wins ruling against Kinder Morgan

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Mychaylo Prystupa | Vancouver Observer - September 26th 2014

Press Clipping: In what's considered a huge win for the City of Burnaby's legal battle to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the National Energy Board struck down the company's application to forbid Burnaby city staff from blocking the pipeline company's test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. “Kinder Morgan is this arrogant company who assumed they could just go in and take direct action [to remove trees], based on their legal interpretation," said Burnaby's lawyer, Gregory McDade, Q.C. Thursday evening. "They thumbed their nose at the law. It turns out they were wrong."

Climate Impacts, Cleaning up the Tar Sands

The Wisdom of the Crowds

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Hendrik Hertzberg | The New Yorker - September 25th 2014

Press Clipping: If anyone can be called a leader, even the leader, of the People’s Climate March (and of the movement it represents, for that matter), McKibben’s the one. He dreamed the march up in the first place; he is its intellectual father, he wrote its manifesto, and he was its principal organizer. He is at once its Thomas Paine and its Bayard Rustin. Yet there he was, taking a walk down Central Park West like everybody else.

Stop the Expansion

Statoil calls off 40,000-bpd Canadian oil sand development

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September 25th 2014

Press Clipping: Citing concerns about rising costs and lack of pipeline space, Norwegian energy firm Statoil announced it will postpone development of its 40,000 barrel per day Corner oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, for at least three years and cut about 70 jobs at its Canadian unit. Statoil is the first company in recent years to delay a thermal project in Alberta's oil sands, but earlier this year Total SA suspended work at its C$11 billion ($9.9 billion) Joslyn oil sand mine as it looks for ways to cut costs at the troubled project.

Canada-Australia ‘Axis of Carbon’ an Obstacle to Climate Pact

John H. Cushman Jr. | InsideClimate News - September 25th 2014

Press Clipping: While a consensus is forming around setting a price on carbon and urgently converting to a carbon-free economy, Canada and Australia have turned themselves into an axis of carbon. This puts them squarely outside the approach being pressed by the other movers and shakers at the climate summit. One of the key messages being pushed by environmental groups, global financial institutions and their business partners is that if carbon’s costs are recognized, investing in clean energy creates opportunities and benefits, not pure pain, for the world’s economies.

Petrostate Politics

Colin Carrie claims Tory government is ‘A World Leader’ on climate change?

Michael Bolen | Huffington Post Canada - September 25th 2014

Press Clipping: The parliamentary secretary to the minister of the environment raised eyebrows Monday when he twice argued that Canada's Conservative government is "a world leader in addressing climate change.” Green Party Leader Elizabeth May challenged Carrie's assertion that "greenhouse gas emissions are falling", a statement that is not backed up by Environment Canada's own statistics.

Climate Impacts, Creating a Low Carbon Future

Globe Editorial: We already know what you won’t do about climate change

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Editorial Board | Globe and Mail - September 25th 2014

Press Clipping: So, the government does not intend to address greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those from the oil-and-gas industry, by adopting a politically suicidal plan of economic destruction? Got it. But what does it intend to do? Telling Canadians what the plan isn’t doesn’t tell us what the plan is, or if you even have one. Which may explain why the PM isn’t eager to be front-and-centre at a UN meeting on climate change. Between the extremes of shutting down the oil sands – totally unreasonable – and doing nothing – totally unacceptable – there’s a lot of middle ground. The government needs to start exploring the territory.