Blog Post: I have decided that tomorrow I will cross a police line on Burnaby Mountain, unceded Coast Salish territory, and risk arrest. I am doing this to protest climate change and specifically the building of the Kinder Morgan pipeline that will move bitumen extracted from the tar sands to our beautiful West Coast. I feel that by taking this action that I am writing my name in the book of history under the column "I do not consent."
Blog Post: As Congress renewed the debate over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and President Obama became increasingly vocal about his reservations about the project, this week saw a reemergence of some of the same tired myths that have muddled the public debate over the pipeline for years. Pipeline proponents and pundits have pushed forward a number of myths about Keystone XL that seek to minimize its perceived importance as part of the climate debate, but the facts tell a different story.
Blog Post: Ron Liepert, a former Alberta Energy Minister and Conservative candidate for Calgary Signal Hill in the upcoming 2015 election, delivered a master class in ad hominem reasoning this week for listeners of CBC Radio's The Current. Debating the Keystone pipeline with Greenpeace Canada's Keith Stewart, Liepert repeatedly complained of "extreme environmentalists" with "extreme arguments" waging "extreme environmental attacks on Alberta's oil industry" for calling for a transition to renewable energy sources.
Blog Post: A coalition of climate and social justice organizations and artists held a silent presence and unveiled a large landscape which depicts the devastation caused by Canadian tar sands outside the Canada Europe Energy Roundtable this morning. “Communities from across the UK have come together to show our solidarity with those communities on the front lines of tar sands who have lived for generations in close relationship with the land,” said Amanda Cid, a community artist.
Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, the U.S. House of Representatives voted yet again to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Rosebud Sioux Tribe called an “act of war”; as protestors continue their opposition on Burnaby Mountain, a recent study points to Kinder Morgan’s inflation of the economic benefits of expanding its TransMountain pipeline; and public opposition to tar sands development and pipelines is having a massive impact on reducing GHG emissions. Keep up the pressure!
Blog Post: Dogwood Initiative, British Columbia’s largest non-partisan citizen group, today reacted to the B.C. Supreme Court decision to grant an injunction to Kinder Morgan to continue survey work on Burnaby Mountain. “This ruling grapples with an unresolved question that is central to all of our work,” said Will Horter, Dogwood’s Executive Director. “What’s more important? The financial interests of a $100-billion Texas pipeline company, or the rights of the people who live in the way?”
Blog Post: TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline plan threatens some of Canada’s most pristine wilderness and wildlife. Exposing Energy East is an online photography exhibit that turns the lens on the exquisite landscapes put at risk by the pipeline, and shines the light on the concerns of people, from farmers to fisherman, who live along the pipeline’s proposed route. Taken together, the images remind us that these are real places and real communities at risk across Canada.
Blog Post: In response to the recent vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal president announced that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) recognizes the authorization of this pipeline as an act of war. “The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” said President Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.