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It's not easy to transform the world. Powerful industries are working hard to maintain our reliance on oil, destroy progress on climate change and block our access to the clean energy economy. But people all over the world want a different future and are starting to fight back, and win.

2/3 of British Columbia including 100 First Nations united against Enbridge Northern Gateway? Victory! Three major tar sands mines cancelled in 2014 due to "lack of infrastructure"? Victory! 400,000 marchers in New York demanding a safe climate? Victory!

This is the story of the growing movement fighting for solutions.

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Stop the Expansion

Shell Canada pulls application for Alberta heavy oil mine in latest blow to energy sector


February 24th 2015

Press Clipping: The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation welcomed Shell Canada’s decision to pull its application for the proposed Pierre River oilsands project north of Fort McMurray, Alta. “Now, more than ever, we can see the serious economic, environmental and treaty rights issues in the region are affecting the status quo of business,” said the ACFN, which has launched numerous legal challenges of the regulatory process in the region and participated as interveners in the Pierre River project since 2007.

Stop the Expansion

One amazing week in the fight against the tar sands

Mike Hudema | Greenpeace Canada - November 27th 2014

Blog Post: In the fight against the tar sands there are good weeks and bad weeks and then there are weeks like this one where you can’t help but feel that we might just win. If you are a person that cares about the health of the planet, that wants Canada to listen to science, and thinks we should stand up for the rights of the First Peoples of this land then this week is one that should make you breath a little easier, at least on the tar sands front.

Economic Factors, Stop the Expansion

Keeping it in the ground

Lorne Stockman and Steve Kretzmann | Oil Change International - November 7th 2014

Blog Post: Public opposition isn't just having an impact on carbon emissions -- it's having a MASSIVE impact. This chart compares these emissions savings against those of key climate policies of the Obama Administration. Should the emissions saved from demand-side policies, such as vehicle efficiency standards (CAFE) and power plant carbon rules, be compared to those saved by supply-side changes such as the cancellation of oil production projects? We believe the answer is yes.

Economic Factors

Public opposition has cost tar sands industry $17bn, says report


Arthur Neslen | The Guardian - November 4th 2014

Press Clipping: “Tar sands producers face a new kind of risk from growing public opposition,” said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at IEEFA, and one of the lead authors on the report. “This opposition has achieved a permanent presence as public sentiment evolves and as the influence of organizations opposed to tar sands production continues to grow.”

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.

Oil by rail

‘Bomb trains’: A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.


Audrea Lim | Aljazeera America - October 27th 2014

Press Clipping: Lipo Chanthanasak, who moved to Richmond from Laos 24 years ago, lives within the potential blast zone should an oil train derail on the BNSF Railway tracks or the Kinder Morgan rail facility. The 70-year-old retiree says he only learned that crude was being transported through his community because of his involvement with the nonprofit Asian Pacific Environmental Network, or APEN. Many of his neighbors, he says, are unaware, but the threat is all too real.

Line 9 reversal halted due to danger to rivers and lakes


Adam Scott | Environmental Defence - October 14th 2014

Blog Post: The National Energy Board (NEB) just rejected Enbridge’s request for permission to restart its Line 9 pipeline until further notice. It turns out that Enbridge has failed to meet one of the most important and basic safety requirements – providing proof that there are emergency shut-off valves on both sides of all major water crossings along the pipeline’s route. Looks like Enbridge is going to have some explaining to do before its plans for Line 9 can go any further.

Stop the Expansion, Creating a Low Carbon Future

The battle against the tar sands is about to change

Mike Hudema | Greenpeace Canada - October 6th 2014

Blog Post: Resistance to the tar sands has not only grown in leaps and bounds, it is changing the dynamics of the entire fight. Last week's massive People's Climate March in New York that brought over 400,000 people to the streets of New York, led by climate impacted and Indigenous communities, was just one of many signs of hope that are starting to emerge. People are standing up to the largest carbon bullies on the planet and we are starting to win.