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Enbridge Northern Gateway

Kai Nagata: Is Northern Gateway B.C.’s National Energy Program?

Kai Nagata | Dogwood Initiative - June 20th 2015

Press Clipping: The courts may, or may not, stop construction of Northern Gateway, but as with the NEP, it’s political pressure on lawmakers that will prove decisive. There are early signs that a shift like this may already be afoot. Enbridge has become a liability for Conservative candidates in every B.C. riding touching salt water. Seat projections by ThreeHundredEight.com have the Conservatives losing seven of their 21 B.C. incumbents, while being shut out of six new ridings created by redistribution.

Climate Impacts, Petrostate Politics

Pope Francis, in sweeping encyclical, calls for swift action on climate change


Jim Yardley and Laurie Goodstein | New York Times - June 18th 2015

Press Clipping: Pope Francis called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action. The vision that Francis outlined in the 184-page encyclical is sweeping in ambition and scope: He described a relentless exploitation and destruction of the environment, for which he blamed apathy, the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in technology and political shortsightedness.

Climate Impacts, Human Rights

Pope Francis blames ‘human selfishness’ for global warming


June 18th 2015

Press Clipping: Pope Francis has blamed human selfishness for global warming in his long-awaited encyclical calling for action on climate change. In the letter, he urges the rich to change their lifestyles to avert the destruction of the ecosystem. Pope Francis writes that: "We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life."

Climate Impacts, Petrostate Politics

Why Jeb Bush and other Republicans are wrong to chide Pope Francis for taking a climate stand


Andrew Revkin | New York Times - June 18th 2015

Press Clipping: Scientific knowledge reveals options. Values determine choices.That is why the Roman Catholic Church — with its global reach, the ethical framework in its social justice teachings and, as with all great religions, the ability to reach hearts as well as minds — can play a valuable role in this consequential century. This is particularly true for planet-scale problems like human-driven climate change, in which national governments tend to put national interests ahead of planet-scale interests.

Tar Sands Free

South Portland sets aside almost $500,000 to defend tar sands oil ban

William Hall | Bangor Daily News - June 18th 2015

Press Clipping: The South Portland City Council on Monday earmarked nearly $500,000 to defend a law it passed last year preventing the on-boarding of crude oil along the city’s waterfront. The “Clear Skies” ordinance effectively prohibits pumping tar sands oil through the Portland-Montreal Pipeline to South Portland, where the fuel could then be transported by ship. “I have heard overwhelming support for this ordinance,” saidCouncilor Claude Morgan. "There’s a great deal at stake in the long term. And by necessity, [the ordinance] must be sustainable.”

Economic Factors, Stop the Expansion

Oil sands megaproject era wanes as Suncor scales back

Rebecca Penty and Jeremy Van Loon | Bloomberg Business - June 18th 2015

Press Clipping: The era of the megaproject in Canada’s oil sands is fading. Crude’s price slump, pressure to get off fossil fuels and tax increases in Alberta are adding to high costs and a lack of pipelines, prompting producers from Suncor Energy Inc. to Imperial Oil Ltd. to accelerate a shift to smaller projects. “I don’t see the next mine being built quickly,” said Steve Williams, Suncor’s chief executive officer.

Climate Impacts, Petrostate Politics

As Harper stalls on climate, Canada moves without him


Geoff Dembicki | The Tyee - June 16th 2015

Press Clipping: Harper’s Conservative government passed laws to accelerate the growth of Canada's oil and gas industry, while pledging carbon regulations that never came. He pulled Canada from the Kyoto Protocol, muzzled federal scientists and cut funding to their research, strong-armed the U.S. on bitumen pipelines and set climate targets he had no clear intention of meeting. But something unexpected happened. A frustrated cohort of students, provinces, investors and unions decided to take decisive climate action on its own. As the federal election this fall nears, how long will Harper ignore the forces rising against him?

Stop the Expansion, Creating a Low Carbon Future

Jane Fonda takes on ‘big oil’ in Vancouver: ‘Arrest me, I don’t care’


June 16th 2015

Press Clipping: Actress and activist Jane Fonda is adding her star power to the anti-oilsands pipeline movement in B.C. The star of Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie is in Vancouver for Greenpeace's Toast the Coast event on Saturday, celebrating Canada's coastline and raising awareness of the environmental issues surrounding oil drilling and pipelines. She spoke to The Early Edition host Rick Cluff about why she's fighting the oilsands, the legacy she wants to leave her grandchildren and how older actors may finally be winning out in Hollywood.