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Alberta Diary: Big by-election in Fort McMurray? Never mind that! As goes Macleod, so goes Alberta…

Fort McMurray, before the Bitumen Boom. Things have changed. Below: Conservative Fort McMurray-Athabasca candidate David Yurdiga, Liberal candidate Kyle Harrietha, NDP candidate Lori McDaniel, former Conservative MP Brian Jean.

If the good people of Fort McMurray climb out of bed this morning and decide to elect a Liberal to represent them in Parliament, there will be shock, dismay and consternation throughout Alberta.

But, fear not my fellow Albertans, even in the unlikely event this happens, it almost certainly won’t mean whatever you are told it means.

Yes, today is the day after the weekend and the day before Canada Day (Read more…)

Song of the Watermelon: It’s the Climate, Stupid!

Not two weeks since the federal government’s long-anticipated approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, the magnitude of the obstacles faced by the project are becoming clearer by the day.

There is widespread public hostility — both in Kitimat, envisioned as the pipeline’s end location, as well as across British Columbia more generally. First Nations and environmental groups have launched several court challenges, with more expected to come. Massive protests and civil disobedience are inevitable. Efforts will soon be underway to initiate a province-wide referendum. The government of BC, which must provide about 60 permits, is ambivalent about the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: It is not ‘Miller Time’ Dan, Green Up or Brown Out!

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Here is disappointing post from former NDP Premier Dan Miller. It reads like the flashback that it is.

Time will tell whether Miller’s missive will be embraced, rejected or ignored by the new BC NDP opposition leader, John Horgan.

 

Dan Miller: How will we pay for stuff without the resource sector?

As taxpayers wrestle with another government/teachers collective-bargaining process, and voters look to municipal elections across the province in a little less than six months, let’s get some things straight about the B.C. economy.

First, there is no question that Vancouver and its environs (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Could Alberta go green?

With 50 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions than Ontario, Alberta is Canada’s pollution province. And that makes us think of the tar sands. But it’s more than bitumen. Alberta’s electrical power generation, heavily dependent on coal, produces almost as much greenhouse gas as the tar sands. The province gets 63 per cent of its electrical power from coal, burning more than the rest of the

Cowichan Conversations: Super Industrial BC

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Rafe Mair is back in the saddle and zoning in on issues of significance to all British Columbians.

Mair is calling out to BC NDP Leader John Horgan to stand up to the powerful oil and gas corporations, in part because if he won’t, who will?

Horgan is our best option to bring some sanity and balance back into the dance between the needs of the environment and employment in BC.

In his first few days as leader Horgan distanced himself from the Site C Dam proposal promoted by the BC Liberal Clark forces.

He has (Read more…)

Left Over: Dirty Oil Wars…..This is Just the Beginning

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Here in BC, we appreciate any and all support for this issue..but where is the rest of the country on all the damage this MonsterCon has caused? They can’t all be the drooling knuckle-draggers of Ford Nation, but I have to wonder if it isn’t already too late…the people of Canada, in general, seem so passive that they come across as catatonic.. Where is the energy to fight? I remember back in the 70′s hitting the bricks on a regular basis to fight Trudeau’s price and wage controls, to protest war, to stop the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Charge Protestors With Terrorism And Throw Them in Prison!

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This compelling video landed in my inbox this morning courtesy of a Cowichan Bay activist.

It claims that a Canadian corporation Trans Canada Pipeline, the force behind Keystone XL pipeline is training FBI and local law enforcement agencies on how to charge legal protestors with terrorism.

They say that in Oklahoma the cops and prosecutors are lapping it up.

This ’The Young Turks‘ video shines a light on the outrageous tactics of Trans Canada Pipeline corporation. The latest President Obama stall delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline to deliver bitumen from the Alberta Tar (Read more…)

Left Over: Opposition to a Pipeline, any Pipeline? Say it Ain’t So…

Pipeline push-back: What’s behind the rising opposition to Canada’s big oil pipelines Climate change debate behind animosity toward Northern Gateway and Keystone XL

By Janet Davison, CBC News Posted: Apr 29, 2014 5:00 AM ET

This headline is profoundly stupid..it is blatantly obvious to anyone with half a brain why we are opposed..just like our jobs are being sold to the lowest bidder, so are our resources, and to hell with the environment.. Now David Black (what an aptly named fellow!) is pushing for a refinery at the edge of our Province to take all that filth (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Residents of Peace River, AB wrestle with authorities over bitumen fumes

Fumes from these bitumen storage tanks are allegedly driving Alberta families from their homes.

Read this Feb. 20th VICE article that provides a local look inside our Jan. 28th Reported Elsewhere story about the state of northern Alberta families vacating their homes from bitumen fumes emitted by Baytex Energy storage tanks.

The Labrecques, a local Peace River family, share their struggle with industry, government and health officials when they spoke out about the toxic side effects they experienced living half a kilometre from a Baytex oil well:

The pages of Karla and Alain Labrecques photo albums reek of bitumen. They’re so (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Tar Sands Explained in 3 Minutes

Bill Longstaff: Supporting Keystone is supporting the Kochs

Criticism of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline focuses, understandably, on the threat it poses to the environment, both in its construction and in its enabling more production from the tar sands. Too often overlooked is the political mischief that approval will contribute to.

According to an article in the CCPA Monitor, “Petroleum Coke from Oil Refineries Polluting the Atmosphere,” the pipeline

calgaryliberal.com: Ten phrases that need to die in 2014.

All lists start with a bottle of scotch, a dash of politics, and a bit of pent up frustration. This is one of those lists. 1). “____ should resign.” Be it Ford, Harper, Dave Hancock, or others, we’ve had calls for politicians to resign from across the country (at a glance, most of them being Conservatives). […]

Bill Longstaff: Producing the wrong oil?

The Joint Review Panel has ruled on the viability of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and the result is as expected. The panel, established by the National Energy Board and the federal environment minister, has determined that the pipeline, which would carry bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands to the B.C. coast for tanker export, would be in Canada’s best interests and has recommended it

Alberta Diary: ‘Ethical Cannabis’: Is it time to make … ‘The Case for B.C. Bud’?

Who would’ve thought we’d find a suitable reference to Riders Nation and Ethical Cannabis in one photograph? But courtesy the Calgary Sun, there it is! Note the hat, bottom right. Just saying. Below: Some guy standing in front of Rob Ford’s office.

Those of us who don’t regularly wear melons on our heads or particularly care about Canadian football are waiting impatiently for the results of today’s federal byelections so that we can spin them in ways that reinforce our personal political preferences.

For example, if you’re a conservative of any stripe, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: A tale from the political crypt: a tip o’ Broadway Bob’s Top Hat to Hizzoner Rob Ford

Bob McClelland spotted walking down a staircase in Victoria, circa November 1985. (Ancient Vancouver Sun photo.) Mr. McClelland didn’t know it yet, but forgiveness for his sins was at hand. Below: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. He’ll be forgiven soon too.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, in a province far, far away, there dwelled a minister of the Crown who was very, very naughty.

Robert “Bob” McClelland, then 52 and the MLA for Langley, was discovered in 1985 to have availed himself of the services of what was quaintly known, in those days, as an escort service.

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Bill Longstaff: Where will all the scientists go?

In a new book about the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, The Oil Man and the Sea, author Arno Kopecky relates his attempt to interview Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) scientist Kenneth Lee. Dr. Lee was the executive director of the DFO-sponsored Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research, and possibly the country’s top expert on how bitumen behaves in salt water.

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The Disaffected Lib: "Unequivocal"

Leaving no doubt; clear; unambiguous.   The latest IPCC report concludes that mankind’s influence in driving climate change is beyond doubt, clear and unambiguous.   Anthropogenic global warming is here, it’s here to stay and, unless we want a better future enough to change our ways, it’s going to get a hell of a lot worse in our grandkids’ future, our kids’ future and even in our own.

For, you see, it’s already having major impacts.   Those floods in Calgary, the floods in Toronto, the floods in Colorado, the floods in Europe and across Asia?   Welcome to the (Read more…)

Left Over: The Emperor Prorogues, Then comes to BC with his Rogues….

Harper cabinet readies major B.C. pipelines push B.C. First Nations leaders to meet with key federal officials Sept. 23 in Vancouver By Chris Hall, national affairs editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 12, 2013 6:03 PM PT Last Updated: Sep 13, 2013 7:21 AM PT

 

We are ready for whatever BS ol’ Emperor Steve and the Klown Circus is ready to throw at us..what an ego! He prorogues for the nth time and then expects to sail into BC and ‘charm’ us into acceptance? That is a pathetic joke, and he will NOT succeed..we are prepared (Read more…)

Left Over: I’ll See Your Bombs, and Raise You Climate Change….

 

Harper offers Obama climate plan to win Keystone approval Sources say PM willing to accept emissions reduction targets proposed by the U.S. By Chris Hall, National Editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 6, 2013 2:15 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 6, 2013 10:08 PM ET

 

First he pontificates (through his rough stuff, Baird, Harper’s own personal beard) about how ‘necessary’ it is to bomb Syria, and now this forelock-tugging re environmental levels being magically changed to favour the US ’vision’…whereas until five minutes ago, climate change was still being questioned by the Cons..then, miracle of miracles, Harper (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: That Cold Lake Bitumen Spill – It Just Keeps Rollin’ Along

The 10-week old Cold Lake bitumen spill is expected to stop – basically whenever it stops itself.   The company, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., says there’s nothing it can do to staunch the leak other than collect whatever bitumen it can from the surface and haul out the dead animals.

On Wednesday morning, the company said in a conference call that it had identified a few older, inactive wells—one of which dates back to 1997—as probable culprits. At least one of the suspect wells were drilled by a prior operator, the company said. When a well casing failed, according to (Read more…)

Left Over: Here, KIti, Kiti, Kiti……..

China’s largest bank in deal to finance Kitimat refinery ICBC will also provide engineering and construction help to build refinery CBC News Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:08 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 18, 2013 9:38 PM PT

Fascinating, isn’t it, how the BC Liberals keep on sneaking around the public all the while acting as if they are ‘horrified’ at the thought of a pipeline, yet they so obviously are up to their guilty necks in this refinery business…

David Black, a truly worthy successor to the Black name in Canada, although supposedly not related to Conrad, late of the (Read more…) prison system..David Black is Canada’s small-time answer to Rupert Murdoch, took over every community BC paper he could find and dumbed them down to the point of torpidity… I wondered about his agenda at the time…now we all know.

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Song of the Watermelon: Of Petrostates and Patriotism

If Alison Redford gets to define Canadian patriotism, then I don’t want to be patriotic.

The Alberta premier yesterday accused federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair of “a fundamental betrayal of Canada’s long-term economic interests” after the latter took a trip to DC in what is being widely interpreted as an effort to convince the Americans not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta.

Other Conservatives at the federal level have adopted the same rhetoric. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver — of “foreign-funded radicals” fame — implied that the Opposition leader was unfit to govern, stating, “Governing means standing (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Are Alberta’s cannily incompetent Conservatives quietly awaiting a ‘Bitumen Gusher’?

Everybody should be as happy about Alberta’s “Bitumen Gusher” as these two guys, your blogger and former Finance Minister Ron Liepert. Below: AUPE’s chart of the price differential between Alberta bitumen and West Texas Intermediate crude. Below that: The Alberta government’s chart showing its natural resource revenue projections to 2022, prepared for last month’s Economic Summit. Obviously there’s no cause for panic.

Have things really changed all that much for Alberta since then-energy minister Ron Liepert predicted in early 2012 that the province was on the verge of a “Bitumen Gusher” of unprecedented magnitude?

One just hates to endorse the

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Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Barack Obama and John Kerry

Dear President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry:

As a concerned Canadian, I am writing to urge you to reject TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline for purposes of transporting dirty oil from Alberta’s tar sands to refineries in the United States.

I assure you that not all Canadians are quite as eager to export climate-busting bitumen as our federal government seems to be. Many of us recognize that the high energy demands required to exploit this unconventional resource give it a dangerously large carbon footprint. For this reason, we consistently oppose similar projects, such as (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Hard Truth About Unconventional Fossil Fuel

When it comes to unconventional fossil fuels, the majority of Canadian politicians, federal and provincial, fall into two categories – idiots or featherbedders.

The Tyee has this eye-opener from geologist David Hughes, a gas and oil specialist for Natural Resources Canada for 32-years.

Unconventional fossil fuels all share a host of cruel and limiting traits says Hughes. They offer dramatically fewer energy returns; they consume extreme and endless flows of capital; they provide difficult or volatile rates of supply overtime and have “large environmental impacts in their extraction.”

Most important, bitumen, shale oil and shale gas, by definition, are

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