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Climate Impacts, Petrostate Politics

Canada needs to admit it has no climate change reviews, plans or policy

Cameron Fenton | 350.org Canada - March 2nd 2015

Blog Post: Canada has no climate regulations, massive pipeline projects like Energy East receive no climate review, and all in all we have no plan for managing the climate impacts of our nation's fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions -- the tar sands. Not simply an environmental catastrophe in the making, this has become a reality because of a single-minded push from Stephen Harper to shackle our economy to dirty tar sands exports, a gamble proving ill planned while the price of oil stays at record lows. Meanwhile, almost no politicians seem willing to say, let alone to take action to change things.

Economic Factors

Tar sands industry must cut costs or face “death spiral”

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions - February 23rd 2015

Blog Post: The president of one of Canada’s biggest oil and gas producers confirmed that the industry needs cheaper infrastructure if it wants to expand production of its highly polluting tar sands crude. At a meeting of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. President Steve Laut said that unless the industry cuts costs it will fall into a “death spiral.” Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline argue that tar sands will make it to market with or without pipelines like Keystone, but comments from Canadian government and industry officials have long told a different story.

Petrostate Politics, Creating a Low Carbon Future

Rejecting fear and fighting for a safe climate

Cameron Fenton | 350.org Canada - February 23rd 2015

Blog Post: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police leaked a report targeting the activities of what they call the "anti-petroleum movement" of "peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists who are opposed to society's reliance on fossil fuels." The report came just weeks after it came to light that FBI agents were investigating American anti-tar sands activists, visiting them at their homes and places of work. If nothing else, these attempts to polarize opposition prove one thing -- that governments are paying attention to the growing movement for climate justice.

Keystone XL, Tar Sands Free

Stanford stands up to KXL

Jenai Longstaff | Fossil Free Stanford - February 20th 2015

Blog Post: When President Obama came to Stanford University on February 13th, more than 50 students and community members were there to tell him to veto and reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Fossil Free Stanford has led Stanford’s campaign to divest from the fossil fuel industry. With the University’s assets successfully out of the coal industry, Fossil Free Stanford continues its work to end the University’s investment in oil and natural gas companies, which are causing enormous environmental destruction and human rights abuses.

Petrostate Politics

9 weirdest things about this RCMP intelligence report on the “anti-petroleum movement”

February 19th 2015

Blog Post: The Mounties always get their man. But a newly disclosed intelligence assessment from the RCMP looking at the "anti-Canada petroleum movement" suggests the same might not always be true about their facts. A closer look at the intelligence assessment reveals much of the report relies on information patched together from sources like oil industry lobbyists and media outlets sympathetic to the oil industry -- in some cases leading to bizarre conclusions.

Open letter about our message at the Canada Winter Games

February 19th 2015

Blog Post: Black Spruce Bog is honoured to represent Prince George and the Coldsnap Winter Music Festivalat the Canada Winter Games on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. We cannot participate in such a grand ceremony without acknowledging that two of its major financial sponsors (Enbridge and TransCanada) are proposing to put the very landbase we are celebrating at immense risk. This is our statement of support – support for the lands of Northern British Columbia, for the people who work the lands, and for the people who live in these communities.

Oil by rail

Unregulated oil by rail versus Keystone XL: A false choice

Anthony Swift | NRDC - February 18th 2015

Blog Post: If the horrifying images of this weekend's West Virginia oil train fire and spill seem familiar; they should. We saw the same type of disaster in the state last summer too, when a train derailed last April in Lynchburg, Virginia, dumping 29,000 gallons of crude oil into the James River. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is not going to take that oil off the rails. If we want to reduce the risks from oil trains, let's fix the trains and toughen safety standards.