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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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Economic Factors, Enbridge Northern Gateway, Energy East

In the oil sands, a painful shift to a new normal

Feature

Jeff Lewis | Globe and Mail - May 18th 2015

Press Clipping: For years, Alberta’s deposits of tarry bitumen attracted billions in investment from the world’s oil giants. Those days are gone. Today, the sector is reeling amid a price shock that has sapped billions from corporate budgets and forced a dramatic rethink about the companies’ role in global energy markets. By one estimate, as much as 1.2 million barrels per day of future production capacity has been put on hold, only a fraction of which will be resurrected. This slimmer production outlook will ease demand for multibillion-dollar pipelines, potentially delaying projects such as Northern Gateway and Energy East well into next decade.

Land & Species Impacts, Energy East

Cacouna port dead: What does this mean for opposition to Energy East?

Andrea Harden-Donahue | Council of Canadians - April 2nd 2015

Blog Post: As anticipated, TransCanada has pulled the plug on the controversial Cacouna port that really should never have seen the light of day. Massive export port beside (endangered) beluga whale habitat, with massive tankers plying the St Lawrence? Nope. The reality is opposition in Quebec to the Cacouna port and the Energy East pipeline proposal is diverse and growing.

Land & Species Impacts, Energy East

TransCanada won’t build Quebec oil terminal over beluga concerns

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Bertrand Marotte | Globe and Mail - April 2nd 2015

Press Clipping: Environmentalists quickly responded to TransCanada’s decision to abandon plans to build an export terminal for its Energy East pipeline project at Cacouna, Que., a critical St. Lawrence River gathering place for beluga whales. “By abandoning its tanker terminal plans for Cacouna, Quebec, TransCanada has finally admitted Energy East carries major risks for Canada,” Environmental Defence’s Adam Scott said. “If TransCanada is serious about listening, it should move immediately to cancel the Energy East project,” he said, adding that the project is “an export pipeline that has nothing to do with meeting Canadian demand for oil.”

Keystone XL

This is the real significance of Obama’s Keystone XL veto

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Chris Mooney | Washington Post - March 2nd 2015

Press Clipping: The seemingly unending Keystone XL saga hit the spotlight again Tuesday — when President Obama vetoed legislation that would have approved the pipeline. The significance of this move is worth considering. For what it means, above all, is that a relatively novel environmentalist strategy — aimed at deliberately blocking certain kinds of fossil fuel production and extraction — has now forced the hand of no less than the president himself. “Most actions that have been taken on climate change have been about smokestacks and tail pipes,” says Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. Keystone, he said, “has been the first major public fight to argue that we have to begin to curtail production.”

Petrostate Politics, Keystone XL

Crude Awakening: How the Keystone veto dashes Canada’s ‘superpower’ dreams

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Tim Dickinson | Rolling Stone Magazine - February 25th 2015

Press Clipping: Barack Obama's veto of Keystone XL has placed the export pipeline for Canadian tar-sands crude on its deathbed. As we, in the United States, consider the fate of our own massive oil reserves and confront the specter of yet another Bush presidency, Stephen Harper's Canada offers a cautionary tale — about the economic and political havoc that can be unleashed when a first-world nation yokes itself to Tea Party economics and to the boom and bust of Big Oil.

Stop the Expansion

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

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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.