A new report by Public Citizen says the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is riddled with structural flaws that could spark dangerous leaks and spills.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper just one year ago. Actual Canadian prime ministers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Senator Mike Duffy and former Harper cabinet member Jim Prentice.
Last Halloween, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper went trick ’n’ treating, he was monarch of all he surveyed.
This year, he’s a ghost.
Oh, Mr. Harper is still corporeal enough. He passed through security Wednesday on his way to Calgary, I suppose, although one imagines prime ministers don’t have to take off their shoes and shuffle along in their stockings, or answer to why they failed to stow their toothpaste is (Read more…)
Keystone is at best marginally relevant to the cause of stopping global warming. The whole crusade increasingly looks like a bizarre misallocation of political attention.
My view, which I laid out in a long feature story last spring, is that the central environmental issue of Obama’s presidency is not Keystone at all but using the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate existing power plants. That’s a tool Obama has that can bring American greenhouse gas emissions in line with international standards, and thus open the door to lead an international climate treaty in 2015. The amount of carbon emissions (Read more…)
I want to remark on an online/social media phenomenon I’ve seen, (mostly on Twitter) the past couple of days, where NDP activists, particularly ones who are active in the Toronto Centre by-election, are going after Justin Trudeau on his spoken support at a US conference (attended by ex-Australian PM Julia Gillard and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, among others) for Keystone XL and the proposed oil pipeline running south (yet to be approved by the US). This is not a new position he’s taken, though its being played up by some as that (and to be fair, a lot (Read more…)
People may have been surprised, but shouldn’t have been. Justin’s position on Keystone XL has been on record for awhile know. And though I personally oppose Keystone and all other pipelines coming out of Mordor, that is not a tenable stance for a politician looking to win a few seats in Alta. or Sask. Indeed, of the three pipelines currently under consideration, Keystone is the easiest to get behind because its fate is entirely out of Canadian hands. There’s nothing that need to be done, or can be done at this point, but add a few cheers from the (Read more…)
If “a majority of Canadians say they are “concerned” about potential negative financial impacts on their families if proposed pipeline projects fail to get the go-ahead” is the best they can suck out of the results of the latest Ipsos-Reid poll, then I imagine the details are even worse news for team tar-sands. I wonder if Ipsos asked a straight up-or-down question re approval/disapproval of the individual projects under consideration?
For the most part, its the same old. More Americans than Canadians support the building of Keystone XL to pipe tar-sands bitumen down to the Gulf . Actually, I’m cheating a bit. The new poll doesn’t measure Canadian views, but other recent polls show from about a 50/50 split up here to about two-thirds against. But whatever. What interested me most was this bit:
But for all they had to say about pipelines and fracturing, the respondents were largely ignorant of an important trend in their country’s energy sector. Survey results show that more than half are unaware of the American (Read more…)
If Harper says that he will not take no for an answer from the U.S. on Keystone — a project over its future he ultimately has no real control — should one not conclude that he will also not accept that provinces such as British Columbia, Quebec or Ontario throw roadblocks in the way on the pipelines that are on the drawing board to bring Alberta’s oil to the East and West coasts? In those cases the Prime Minister actually has the power to walk his talk.
Chantal’s a smart lady, but she doesn’t understand the ROC so well, (Read more…)
Prime Minister Harper was talking tough about the Keystone XL pipeline this week. On a visit to New York, he told the Canadian American Business Council that he wouldn’t take no for an answer. His bravado may have been bolstered by a recent Pew Research Center survey that showed two-thirds of Americans support the pipeline. Even most Democrats are on side.
All fossil fuel initiatives do not
…or, more precisely, the cuts in Carbon Emissions. Simon Donner of UBC has it right: @tyler_bryant @StephenLeahy Right. Climate value of “trading” pipeline for GHG reduction elsewhere will depend on the numbers— Simon Donner (@simondonner) September 6, 2013
…which is to say that a deal is doable, if whatever Keystone XL produces by way of carbon emissions can be offset elsewhere. To embed Mr. Donner again: @StephenLeahy Not ideal, but not impossible. Lots of other GHG reduction opportunities in Canada which could be offered.— Simon Donner (@simondonner) September 6, 2013
We shall see. But I should say I (Read more…)
The investigation of an alleged conflict of interest by a U.S. State Department contractor reviewing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline won’t be complete until January.
The State Department’s Office on the Inspector General announced today that it was reviewing whether recommendations it made in a separate February 2012 report into conflict questions about another Keystone contractor are being followed as the department conducts an environmental review of the $5.3 billion project.
Announcing a Keystone approval/rejection before this investigation has been completed isn’t impossible, but it would be, as the folks at Desmog Blog note, “odd“. I’ve been (Read more…)
According to Salon.com, this anti-Keystone pipeline ad was pulled at the last minute by NBC. I guess the CBC isn’t the only network that has grown sheepish of late.
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President Obama acknowledges that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline’s ability to create jobs is exaggerated, but won’t publicly acknowledge the pipeline’s climate impact.
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CTV was reporting that Peter Kent may be moving on and therefore would be out as Environment Minister. Not sure there’s much a new Canadian minister might do to sway the Obama administration but Keystone has got to be figuring into Harper’s thinking. Is Rempel, currently the Parliamentary Secretary to Kent, the one? Whoever it is, they’re also going to have to deal with this burgeoning – and very warranted – focus onpetcoke. This oil sands byproduct gained greater visibility recently given the Koch brothers’ piling of it on the Detroit waterfront to the discomfort (Read more…)
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The latest polls show the Trudeau-led Liberals leading the Harper Conservatives 36% to 29%, with the NDP at 23%. Coincidentally, this petition from Forest EthicsEthics suggests it is not necessarily an occasion for celebration:
WHOSE SIDE IS JUSTIN ON, ANYWAY?
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has been in office just a couple of short months and already he’s making friends with folks on the wrong side of the tar sands issue. High-fiving Alberta Premier Alison Redford for spending billions to lobby for the tar sands industry and then slamming Prime Minister Harper for not doing enough to promote the Keystone XL (Read more…)
by: Institute for Public Accuracy | Press Release:
STEVE HORN, @steve_horn1022:
Horn is a research fellow for DeSmogBlog. He wrote yesterday: “President Obama announced his administration’s ‘Climate Action Plan‘ for cutting carbon pollution in his second term in the Oval Office at Georgetown University and unfortunately, it’s a full-throttle endorsement of every aspect of fracking and the global shale gas market.
“Hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) is the toxic horizontal drilling process via which gas is obtained from shale rock basins around the world, and touting its expanded use flies in the face of any legitimate (Read more…)
…but if I were paranoid, I might see a connection between this and this.
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A toxic waste spill in northern Alberta has killed off roughly 42 hectares of boreal forest, in what could be the biggest environmental disaster in North America in recent history.
The Tar sands…salting everything they touch.
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Well it appears that Christy Clark may have pulled off a magnificent move leaving the BC NDP, PM Harper and Alberta Premier Alison Redford in the dust over the Northern Pipeline.
If it holds the BC NDP will be able to possibly claim some credit for their part in turning BC residents against the Enbridge proposal, but as the old scorekeeper would tell them, I will you credit, but no points!
The points go to Ms Clark fresh off an election victory where clear opposition to the threat of oil tankers plying our waters along the coast was a (Read more…)
From Jansen, Sask.:
The oil industry suggests they will move their product by train if their pipelines don’t get approved. They should really be made to use safe rail cars.
This (story through link) just confirms what I’ve argued for awhile. The Obama administration will take its own sweet time over the Keystone XL decision, especially if they are leaning towards approval. You don’t want angry enviros arguing before a judge that you short-circuited the process. I’m betting on nothing out of the Whitehouse until 2014.
Because, try as they might, our government has failed to convince the majority of Canadians outside Alberta that we need a pipeline to the Gulf (or to the West Coast, for that matter):
Astounding, really, most polls of Americans show a mirror image of this result. Mind you, their pipeline boosters are probably a little more talented than ours.
TweetRemember the “Bitumen Bubble?” The “bitumen bubble” spin was unleashed by Premier Alison Redford during her January 24, 2013 televised address that claimed our province was in the midst of a fiscal crisis caused by the so-called “bitumen bubble” — the difference between the price Alberta can get for its heavy oil (Western Canadian Select) [...]
“…it’s increasingly important that Canada move on one or more of the alternative pipelines to get our product headed Asia’s way. Canada’s own central and eastern oil markets are another option, but longer term demand growth there is also likely to be lackluster.”Its worth noting TransCanada Corps. stock price after yesterday’s announcement that they would push forward with an West-East line.
A few twitches. So the market is unimpressed. That leaves The Harper Gov. trying to ram Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain down B.C.s throat. Still.
I mentioned this a week or so ago; it was the fourth leak since February, and it looks like there will finally be some consequences:
The National Energy Board has ordered Enbridge Pipeline Inc. to perform an engineering assessment on the Wrigley to Mackenzie section of the Norman Wells pipeline.
NEB spokesperson Rebecca Taylor said the assessment is part of a special order issued by the board.
“The board remains concerned about the recent discoveries of small leak sites on Line 21,” she said. “That’s why the board has issued the amending order to Enbridge and required
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