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Reality Check: Climate Change and the Tar Sands


April 15th 2014

Blog Post: Big Oil is spending millions of dollars trying to greenwash the tar sands, Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas pollution. A new report, Reality Check: Climate Change and the Tar Sands, sets the record straight on industry claims when it comes to global warming pollution.

Energy East

Energy East: The risky pipeline bigger than Keystone XL

Adam Scott, Climate & Energy Program Manager | Environmental Defence - April 12th 2014

Blog Post: TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline project generates a lot of headlines. But did you know another risky TransCanada project – even larger than Keystone – is on the horizon and could put hundreds of communities across Canada at risk of an oil spill? TransCanada’s Energy East is a pipeline plan to get tar sands oil from Alberta to the east coast, in one massive hail mary pass. Energy East is intended to export vast quantities of unrefined tar sands oil.

Petrostate Politics

26,000 sign petition to oust Big Oil from curriculum development


April 12th 2014

Blog Post: Today, Alberta's New Democrat Education Critic Deron Bilous, along with concerned teachers, parents and students, presented more than 26,000 names on a petition to Alberta Education to remove big oil and gas from curriculum redevelopment. “It was only a few weeks ago that we, and consequently, all Albertans learned about this PC government’s plan to give big oil and gas a major seat at the table to develop K-3 curriculum and beyond. The outrage has been deafening,” said Bilous.

Petrostate Politics

Do links between the Conservative Party and Ethical Oil break election rules?


April 9th 2014

Blog Post: It’s one thing to cooperate – it’s another thing entirely to collude in order to get around laws that help make our democracy work. So Greenpeace Canada has asked Elections Canada to investigate whether the Conservative Party is colluding with the Ethical Oil Institute in violation of the measures in the Canada Elections Act that prohibit donations to federal political parties from corporations.

Air & Water Issues, Land & Species Impacts

Incredible photos of tar sands by Pulitzer Center journalists


Carol Linnitt | DeSmog Canada - April 9th 2014

Blog Post: Journalist Dan Grossman and photographer Alex MacLean are in the middle of their week-long tour of the Alberta oilsands. Their on-the-scene reporting is meant to bring greater public attention to the scale – and the stakes – of developing oil from the world’s largest deposit of carbon-intensive bitumen.

Energy East

Why the Ottawa can and should take action on the proposed Energy East pipeline

Ben Powless | Ecology Ottawa - April 9th 2014

Blog Post: At Ecology Ottawa, we’ve already heard from numerous residents in the City of Ottawa who are concerned about the proposed Energy East pipeline that would bring at least 1.1 million barrels-per-day (over 130 million litres) through the boundaries of the city, even passing under the Rideau River. Thousands of people have signed our petition, and the city has the responsibility to look out for the health and safety interests of its residents, which would be put at risk by the construction of the largest oil pipeline in North America.

Climate Impacts, Keystone XL

More than 100 scientists and economists call for rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline


Elizabeth Shope | NRDC - April 8th 2014

Blog Post: Dear President Obama and Secretary Kerry: As scientists and economists, we are concerned about climate change and its impacts. We urge you to reject the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline as a project that will contribute to climate change at a time when we should be doing all we can to put clean energy alternatives in place.

Climate Impacts

PowerShift Atlantic: The Rundown

Cameron Fenton | Canadian Youth Climate Coalition - April 7th 2014

Blog Post: This past weekend five hundred youth gathered in Halifax/K'jipuktuk, Mi'kmaq'i Territory for PowerShift Atlantic. The largest climate and social justice summit in Atlantic Canada, PowerShift Atlantic brought together folks from across movements to build momentum and catalyze action. Here's a (short) rundown of what happened this weekend.