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.
Visual: On November 16th, Canadians from coast to coast to coast are coming together to show that while our government continues to double down on dirty energy projects that will wreck the earth’s climate, communities are taking action for a different future.
Publication: A new report released today shows that despite efforts to muzzle the voices of communities resisting oil sands expansion in Alberta and the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, resistance is alive and well—and being led, in many cases, by women. "Breaking Ground: Women, Oil and Climate Change in Alberta and British Columbia" delivers findings from a delegation organized by the Nobel Women's Initiative to the region. "What we heard in western Canada echoes very much what I have heard from communities throughout North America,” says Nobel laureate Jody Williams. "Women are frustrated that very real concerns about potential oil spills, their families health and well-being—as well as climate change—are being ignored. So they are organizing, and demanding to be heard."