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Energy East

Energy East: Our risk, their reward

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 22nd 2014

Blog Post: What happens when you put a rancher, a fisherman, a journalist and Maude Barlow into a room? It might be the beginning of a joke, but it’s nothing but. It is a sampling of some of the speakers who will tour Atlantic Canada to discuss the disastrous consequences of the Energy East pipeline. They will tour Halifax, Cornwallis, Saint John, Fredericton and Edmundston from October 26 to November 6.

Energy East

People and places at risk by TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline proposal

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: Exposing Energy East: People and Places at Risk by TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Proposal, a photography exhibit featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artists Garth Lenz and Robert van Waarden, will appear in Toronto between October 31 and November 5, 2014. This exhibit brings together photographs of people and places threatened by the Energy East pipeline, the largest proposed tar sands pipeline in the world.

Spills and Leaks, Petrostate Politics

NAFTA’s regulatory body should investigate Canada’s inaction on tar sands tailings

Jennifer Skene | NRDC - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an environmental review body established under NAFTA, soon will decide whether to investigate the Canadian government’s continuing failure to regulate its tar sands industry. By informing Canadian citizens of their government’s inaction on tailings regulations, a CEC investigation would help hold the Canadian government accountable for its failure to protect its fisheries and citizens from toxic tailings.

Petrostate Politics

Report raises new questions about Canada Revenue Agency’s biased auditing program

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Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: Right-leaning charities are reporting zero “political” activity while engaging in work that appears to meet the Canada Revenue Agency’s definition, a new Broadbent Institute report has found. This raises new questions about the agency’s selection process for determining which charities are targeted for political-activity audits and how charities are interpreting CRA’s definition of “political” activity. With mounting evidence suggesting bias in auditing decisions, we need to find out what’s going on here,” said Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith.

Oil by rail

The tar sands train that couldn’t

Lorne Stockman and Anthony Swift | Oil Change International and NRDC - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: Any claim that Keystone XL passes the President’s climate test rests on the argument that carbon intensive tar sands crude will be developed at the same rate with or without the massive pipeline, because the dirty oil can just as easily be moved by train. But one look at the underperformance of the first unit-train-loading terminal with access to tar sands crude, a tale of budget overruns, missed targets and operational failures, shows just how spurious that argument is.

Creating a Low Carbon Future

Clean Energy in the Here and Now

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Cara Pike and Tzeporah Berman - October 20th 2014

Blog Post: If there is one story that fossil fuel companies and the government representatives they fund don’t want North Americans to hear is that the transition away from dirty, carbon intensive energy sources is already underway and delivering benefits to communities and individuals. Countering the fossil fuel industry’s inevitability frame requires showing these clean-energy solutions are happening now and deliver tangible benefits.

Economic Factors

Subsidy Spotlight: Paying the price of tar sands expansion

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Anna Simonton | Oil Change International - October 17th 2014

Blog Post: In order to take full advantage of Canada’s tar sands-driven energy boom, American refineries need to make costly retrofits to century-old facilities designed for the light crude that once flowed plentifully from domestic oil wells. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced a tar sands refinery equipment tax break to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a bill that cost the government $1.2 billion and increased emissions by more than two million metric tons of carbon.

Human Rights

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Vancouver to appeal Shell’s tar sands expansion

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 15th 2014

Blog Post: The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) leadership and Elderswere in Vancouver this morning, October 15th, 2014, to defend their appeal of the Federal approval of Shell’s Jackpine Mine Expansion tar sands project. The ACFN along with local groups have organized a solidarity rally and press conference outside of the courthouse before the hearings begin.