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The Disaffected Lib: Whether You Support Pipelines or Not, Here’s Something We Can Surely Agree On.

No secret I’m opposed to both Kinder Morgan and Northern Gateway.  A sizeable majority of British Columbians are of the same mind but a significant minority supports the pipeline initiatives.  In situations like this it can be helpful to seek out areas of agreement, common ground.

Here’s an idea we should all be able . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Whether You Support Pipelines or Not, Here’s Something We Can Surely Agree On.

Eclectic Lip: Pondering a palatable pipeline…

I guest-hosted TWiE podcast episode 137 a few days ago, an episode devoted to the Alberta oil sands / tar sands. If you ask me (and I realize none of you have 🙂 ) it’s well worth a listen!

The week’s guest was US energy analyst Robert Rapier, who had visited Fort McMurray on . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Pondering a palatable pipeline…

The Disaffected Lib: Cognitive Dissonance is a Lousy Political Platform, Even for the Liberals.

Cognitive dissonance occurs when an entity embraces two or more contradictory beliefs or values at the same time.  As social psychologist Leon Festinger showed, cognitive dissonance in an individual leads to psychological distress.  To cope, that individual or entity may simply block out information that contributes to the stress of dissonance.

Case in point.  . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Cognitive Dissonance is a Lousy Political Platform, Even for the Liberals.

The Disaffected Lib: And We Thought All We Had to Deal With Was Enbridge.

Nexen, the Chinese Communist Party’s anchor in Athabasca, is urging Canadian National Railways to start shipping bitumen by rail car to Prince Rupert where it can then be loaded on supertankers for transport to the Peoples’ Liberation Army and other users.

Apparently China is getting impatient with Comrade Steve’s inability to make headway on the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: And We Thought All We Had to Deal With Was Enbridge.

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 Canadian Progressive: InsideClimate wins Pulitzer Prize for reporting on Canada’s tar sands

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: On Monday, three reporters from nonprofit online news site InsideClimate were honored with a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on Canada’s tar sands and rupturing oil pipelines. Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer were honored for their reporting on “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You’ve . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: InsideClimate wins Pulitzer Prize for reporting on Canada’s tar sands

The Disaffected Lib: Everything You Need to Know About DilBit

Confused about diluted bitumen, the stuff Ottawa and Alberta are so determined to push through British Columbia?  It’s not easy to find balanced information on dilbit so it was great to find a “Dilbit Primer” published by Inside Climate News. 

The primer doesn’t answer every question and is remarkably candid about issues that remain . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Everything You Need to Know About DilBit

DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?

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At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, former Vice President Al Gore called the possibility of fossil fuel corporations extracting oil shale "utter insanity." 

Insanity, though, doesn't serve as a hinderance for deeply entrenched and powerful fossil fuel interests.

Oil shale, also known as kerogen, should not be confused with shale gas . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?

DeSmogBlog: Must Read Muckrake on the Whistleblower Behind the Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Spill

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On a midsummer evening in July of 2010, heavy crude started gushing from a 30-inch pipeline into Talmadge Creek, near Marshall, Michigan. By the next morning, heavy globs of oil soon were coating the Kalamazoo River, into which the Talmadge flows, and the stench of petroleum filled the air.

Enbridge, the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Must Read Muckrake on the Whistleblower Behind the Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Spill