Blog Post: President Obama should reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline because there is new data that shows it would dramatically expand development of dirty tar sands oil, turbo-charging climate change by adding millions of tons of carbon pollution to the atmosphere every year, according to a memo sent to Obama by Oil Change International and the Natural Resources Defense Council, along with the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, 350.org, CREDO, and Bold Nebraska.
Blog Post: The health and future of the Great Lakes region, which provides drinking water to millions of people, is at grave risk from tar sands oil pipeline expansions, according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation. "Pipeline Peril: Tar Sands Expansion and the Threat to Wildlife in the Great Lakes Region" explains the incredibly high risk and direct threat involved for wildlife and people of the Great Lakes region if pipeline expansions continue.
Blog Post: re's a surprising statement that you'll sometimes hear at rallies against the Enbridge Northern Gateway project: "I want to thank Enbridge for bringing us together." The comment may be tongue-in-cheek, but it has some truth to it. The strong opposition to Northern Gateway is a common ground that is helping First Nations and non-First Nations people forge new links with each other.
Blog Post: Secretary Kerry sure sounded like someone who was gearing up for rejection. By invoking the precautionary principle and the need to transition to clean energy, Secretary Kerry has left himself no logical option except to recommend President Obama say no to Keystone XL.
Blog Post: Quebec news outlet Le Devoir has acquired a leaked study regarding the risk of landslides near rivers along the path of TransCanada`s proposed Energy East pipeline project. The risk analysis prepared by Golder Associates is clear: The banks of several rivers could be made unstable where the controversial pipeline crosses them, increasing the risk of landslides.
Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays fast and loose with the facts and reneges his promise to regulate GHG emissions from the oil and gas sector; B.C. First Nations double-down on their commitment to prevent the Northern Gateway from being built; and the City of Burnaby commits to fighting the NEB all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary to keep its citizens safe from Kinder Morgan pipeline. Oh, and a new report indicates that Canada could meet its international commitments to reduce GHG emissions with readily available made-in-Canada policies.
Blog Post: Canada could meet its international climate change commitment by using readily available made-in-Canada solutions, a David Suzuki Foundation report concludes. "Building on the Best: Keeping Canada's climate promise" used analysis by Navius Research to examine the best climate change policies and solutions being used in Canada and how they can be applied at the federal level. "By adopting the strongest policies already in place in parts of the country, Canada could develop a unifying climate change strategy that would allow us to meet our international commitments and targets," said David Suzuki Foundation science and policy manager Ian Bruce.
Blog Post: Here in Lima, Peru at the United Nations climate change talks, I am watching negotiators from impacted countries like the Philippines working earnestly on a new agreement to reduce global climate pollution. At the same time, I am reading stories back home about Prime Minister Stephen Harper telling the House of Commons yesterday that regulating greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector would be "crazy.” Let's be clear who is crazy here: It’s Mr. Harper and his Conservative government.