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Climate Impacts, Spills and Leaks

Report highlights industry plans to flood West Coast with tar sands


Anthony Swift | NRDC - April 29th 2015

Publication: The West Coast could soon become a destination for huge volumes of tar sands crude oil - one of the world's dirtiest fuels - setting back efforts to combat climate change and exposing communities to significant new health and environmental risks. NRDC and a coalition of twenty-nine partners organization released a report -- "West Coast Tar Sands Invasion" -- that examines the spike in oil infrastructure, climate pollution, and public health risks that will result from oil industry proposals to expand tar sands refining and export capacity on the West Coast.

Energy East

The Economics of Energy East: What’s in it for Ontario?

Richard Carlson & Rob Dorling | Mowatt Centre - April 17th 2015

Publication: Energy East would clearly benefit other regions of the country. As an oil producer, Alberta would be able to sell product at higher prices; and refiners and shippers in provinces such as New Brunswick could benefit from improved access to Western Canadian oil. When it comes to Ontario, TransCanada, the developer, has highlighted large economic benefits for the province, but our analysis indicates that potential economic costs could outweigh these benefits.

Climate Impacts

Digging a Big Hole: How tar sands expansion undermines a climate-friendly energy strategy

April 10th 2015

Publication: A new study, released by Environmental Defence and Greenpeace Canada, shows that if the province’s energy strategy takes climate change seriously, the single most important thing the strategy should do is stop the expansion of tar sands production. The study shows that increasing the production of oil from the tar sands makes it almost impossible for Canada to meet even weak carbon reduction targets or go further and show climate leadership.

Energy East

Oilsands expansion, emissions and the Energy East pipeline

Erin Flanagan | Pembina Institute - December 4th 2014

Publication: The Pembina Institute has just published a new briefing note on the climate impacts of the Energy East pipeline and the link between pipelines, market access and greenhouse gas This backgrounder also dives in to the regulatory context in Alberta to make the case that Alberta's current carbon policy has done little to impact rising emissions in the oilsands. This analysis will be useful as we continue to push Ontario and Quebec on their fourth condition for the pipeline – specifically around the inclusion of "upstream" emissions in their provincial reviews.

Climate Impacts, Creating a Low Carbon Future

SPECIAL BRIEFING: Global Climate Change Assessment

November 4th 2014

Publication: David Suzuki Foundation has summarized key findings of the IPCC’s three reports released over the past 13 months examining the solutions, risks and science of climate change and included additional research relevant for Canada. We also outline what Canadian governments can do while maximizing potential benefits to citizens and business.

Economic Factors

Material risks: How public accountability is slowing tar sands development


Hannah McKinnon | Oil Change International - October 29th 2014

Publication: A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Oil Change International quantifies for the first time the financial and carbon impact of public opposition to pipelines and other expanded investment in tar sands production. The report estimates tar sands development lost revenue at $30.9 billion from 2010 through 2013, largely because of a fierce grassroots movement against tar sands development.