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Alberta Politics: Alberta Advanced Education Ministry now maintaining close watch on Athabasca University

PHOTOS: A recent newspaper ad seeking a new board chair for Athabasca University. Below: Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt at the Legislature on Budget Day; Athabasca MLA Colin Piquette; and Athabasca University interim President Peter MacKinn… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Alberta Advanced Education Ministry now maintaining close watch on Athabasca University

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Get Too Gushy About Rob Ford

I get it, he’s got cancer.  With the sludge that guy has pushed down his gullet and snorted up his nose, quelle surprise!

As our friend, The Salamander, pointed out, where’s our concern for other cancer victims like the natives in the cancer villages near Fort Mac on the Athabasca river?  Those are people . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Get Too Gushy About Rob Ford

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: NEP what? Trudeau Liberals dominate Oil Capital Fort McMurray

TweetPreliminary results from last week’s Fort McMurray-Athabasca by-election show that federal Liberal candidate Kyle Harrietha dominated in the industrial capital of Canada’s oil economy. According to an initial breakdown of the results by polling station, Mr. Harrietha earned 46% of the votes cast (2,560 votes) in the northern region the riding on June 30, 2014, . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: NEP what? Trudeau Liberals dominate Oil Capital Fort McMurray

The Disaffected Lib: If This is Fact, We Need to Rethink Our Bitumen Policy, Pipelines Included.

Word is coming out of the discovery of a truly massive, shale oil field in Australia that’s expected to produce from 233 upwards to 400-billion barrels of crude oil.   That’s crude oil, not bitumen.

Even at the lowest range, 233-billion barrels considerably exceeds Canada’s 175-billion barrel petro-reserves, most of which are high-cost, high-carbon bitumen.

. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: If This is Fact, We Need to Rethink Our Bitumen Policy, Pipelines Included.

The Disaffected Lib: Geriatric Pipelines?

An analysis of the pipeline failure that spilled 200,000 gallons of Athabasca dilbit in Mayflower, Arizona concluded there was a manufacturing fault in the pipe.

Here’s the thing.  The pipe that failed was 70-years old.  Who knows, maybe your great-grandfather had a hand in its construction?  But this geriatric pipeline was just a fluke, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Geriatric Pipelines?

The Disaffected Lib: Could "America’s Quiet Environmental Revolution" Sound Last Call for Athabasca Bitumen?

A PostMedia article discusses what it calls America’s “quiet environmental revolution,” a nationwide, broadbased movement away from fossil fuels toward non-carbon alternatives.

Even the most unlikely Americans are taking up the carbon-free challenge, often viewing it as a path to energy independence. Kentucky Republican congressman Thomas Massie, for instance, built himself a solar home and . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Could "America’s Quiet Environmental Revolution" Sound Last Call for Athabasca Bitumen?

Canadian Progressive: Cry Wolf: A Canadian Unethical Oil Story

Cry Wolf: An Unethical Oil Story (via Desmogblog) Over the last several years, Alberta has killed more than 500 wolves using aerial sharpshooters and poisoned bait in order to conceal the impact of rapid industrial development on Canada’s iconic woodland caribou. Independent scientists say that declining caribou health stems chiefly from habitat…

Song of the Watermelon: Andrew Weaver on the Tar Sands

Last week, world-renowned University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver, lead author of several IPCC reports, shocked friends and enemies alike by publishing an article in Nature Climate Change in which he makes an unexpected claim. He and co-author Neil Swart (a UVIC PhD student) find that Alberta’s Athabasca tar sands have a surprisingly . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Andrew Weaver on the Tar Sands