Visual: Video log from a winter dive expedition in the Great Bear Sea. Filmed and produced by Tavish Campbell. To view more from this three part series of storytelling, underwater film and photography, visit www.blog.pacificwild.org
Publication: The Keystone XL pipeline has been touted as a means to address America’s job crisis. This new report, The Keystone Pipeline Debate: An Alternative Job Creation Strategy, shows that we can create five times more jobs than Keystone XL by investing in much needed water, sewer, and gas infrastructure projects in the five states along the proposed pipeline route. The study finds that meeting water and gas infrastructure needs in the five states can create more than 300,000 total jobs. Every dollar spent on gas, water, and sewer infrastructure in those states generates 156% more employment than the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Publication: New peer-reviewed research has found that just 90 entities are responsible for extracting most of the fossil fuels that have been burned over the past 150 years. These “carbon majors” include 50 investor-owned companies, such as Chevron and Exxon-Mobil, 31 state-owned companies, such as Saudi Aramco and Pemex, and nine government-run industries in the former Soviet Union, China and other countries.
Publication: New research from the Carbon Tracker Initiative reveals approval of the controversial Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline would only have a marginal positive impact of the economics of the Canadian oil-sands industry, but could trigger a rush of investment into additional risky high-cost, high-carbon projects, dependent on rising oil prices. "Keystone XL Pipeline: A Potential Mirage for Oil-sands Investors” shows "new Canadian oil-sands development is increasingly economically questionable without the additional export capacity that pipelines such as KXL would bring," says Mark Lewis, external research advisor to Carbon Tracker. "But the vision of improved prices it promises could quickly be wiped out by increasing costs, meaning investors who believed the mirage of improved oil-sands economics with KXL will be left disappointed."
Publication: In “The Facts about Kinder Morgan,” Sightline Institute explores the company’s misbehavior so that Northwest residents can decide for themselves whether Kinder Morgan’s coal export plans are worthy of implementation. It’s also evidence indicating the company’s not to be trusted to expand a Canadian pipeline.
Visual: Between runaway climate change from the tar sands and the Rob Ford train wreck, Canada is getting a lot of bad press these days. But on Saturday, Nov 16, thousands of beautiful Canadians from coast to coast to coast were determined to change that story. We dare you not to be inspired.
Publication: The rapid pace of oilsands development is creating economic risks and regional disparities that need to be addressed, according to a new report released today by the Pembina Institute and Équiterre. "Booms, Busts and Bitumen: The economic implications of Canadian oilsands development" looks at the side effects of the oilsands boom in uncertain economic times and presents a counterpoint to the frequently overstated economic benefits of oilsands expansion.
Publication: Big Oil is spending millions of dollars on ads, desperately trying to convince Canadians that the tar sands are not harming our air. But don’t believe the slick PR spin. A new report, Reality Check: Air Pollution and the Tar Sands,sets the record straight and shows Big Oil is failing to take care of the air we breathe. The report states that like many of the environmental challenges facing the tar sands, air pollution from the tar sands is not being managed well enough to protect our communities, our environment and our health. Air pollution from the tar sands is already reaching Alberta’s existing limits on pollution, limits which are lower than those set by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.