Blog Post: As the two-week marathon of climate talks wraps up today in Paris, the release of the final agreement text is already generating the predictable round of mixed reactions. But regardless of what has or has not been accomplished at COP21, there’s reason to be optimistic. That’s because solving climate change has a lot to do with the global clean energy transition that’s already underway. The various actions countries are agreeing to under the Paris Agreement will only accelerate that transition.
Blog Post: I know that whatever the final document says, I and my countless amazing colleagues here in Paris and back home are going to work our butts off to make sure that our home provinces, Canada and the rest of the world do all we need to do to ensure a just transition to a 100 percent renewable energy system by 2050.I know that we are already successful because the transition we seek is well underway and gaining momentum.
Blog Post: The National Academy of Sciences has confirmed that diluted bitumen from Alberta's tar sands differs substantially from other types of oil commonly moved by pipeline across the U.S. These differences can lead to extremely difficult spill response situations where oil that initially floated begins to submerge and finally sink after only a brief period of weathering. On top of this, the NAS also found that our first responders and the various local, state, and federal agencies that respond to oil spills are poorly equipped to deal with spills of diluted bitumen.
Blog Post: On November 16, WesPac Energy formally withdrew its proposed 242,000 barrel-per-day oil storage and transfer facility in Pittsburg, California. The crude oil facility would have included a marine port for oil tankers, more than a dozen oil storage tanks, an oil train offloading terminal, and multiple pipelines to local refineries. “We knew that WesPac was not good for our community and having them as our neighbor would do nothing to make Pittsburg a better place to live” says Kalli Graham, co-founder of the Pittsburg Defense Council."
Blog Post: This month our work paid off and we saw some of our first tangible victories – the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline by President Obama and the mandate letters of Prime Minister Trudeau that will result in new climate policy for Canada. Alberta Premier Notley announced a new leading climate policy that will phase out coal, build renewable energy, put a serious price on carbon and cap emissions from the tar sands. Most importantly we saw oil industry leaders standing on the stage supporting those policies. That’s because of you.
Blog Post: Today we stood together on the lawn of our parliament, twenty-five thousand strong, and served notice to our government that a new day has dawned in Canada. The Trudeau government can lead the transition we need, or it can be swept along for the ride, but Canadians will accept nothing less than 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050. That transition is 100% possible, and today it seems so close we can almost taste it.
Blog Post: Stronger political leadership and more ambitious policies are needed in order for us to scale up our investments. We believe that well designed and implemented policies would encourage us to invest significantly more in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable land use and climate resilient development, thereby benefitting our clients and beneficiaries, and society as a whole.
Blog Post: This Sunday, the day before the UN climate summit begins in Paris, thousands of concerned Canadians will take to the streets of Ottawa to send a loud and clear message to our leaders: We can and must solve climate change in our lifetime.