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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

Why does the Canadian government continue to subsidize the oil industry with billions of dollars a year when the environmental crisis demands the opposite, and when investment in energy efficiency, conservation and green energy create many more jobs? Why does Canada import 40% of the oil we consume when we produce enough to meet all . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

Things Are Good: Keystone XL is Done, COP 21 Set to Start

You probably already heard the good news about the end of Keystone XL with Obama killing the proposal. This is a good symbolic step in ending the exploitation of the tar sands in Alberta, plus this comes just a few weeks before COP21.

COP21 is the upcoming United Nations climate change conference which is set . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Keystone XL is Done, COP 21 Set to Start

350 or bust: Pro-Keystone Vote Fails in US Senate

More good news on the climate front, after last week’s announcement of a US-China climate agreement. A few years ago, pro-Keystone XL pipeline legislation was depicted as a “no-brainer” by Washington insiders. It looks like our climate isn’t the only thing that’s changing; so is the political climate with regards to the acceptability of pro-oil . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Pro-Keystone Vote Fails in US Senate

Cowichan Conversations: BC Ombudsperson slams province on environmental protection

Premier Clark’s chickens coming home to roost!

The chickens are coming home to roost as Premier Christy Clark winds down the first year of her 4 year mandate to govern, protect and enhance life in BC.

Have you noticed her low profile of late? If there are not any good news announcements to . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BC Ombudsperson slams province on environmental protection

CuriosityCat: Keystone: Harper & TransCanada asleep at the switch

Read this Bloomberg News article for an interesting analysis of the events behind the Obama stalling of the Keystone Pipeline approvals. Harper, a micro-manager at home, appears oblivious to how the environmental forces operate in the US, and TransCanada missed the boat, as well:

On Aug. 31, just after the State Department passed . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Keystone: Harper & TransCanada asleep at the switch

The Ranting Canadian:             The unholy trinity of the Alberta tarsands industry,…

The unholy trinity of the Alberta tarsands industry, the Conservative Party and the right-wing media has gone all-out in its attacks on Neil Young for his stance against their destructive policies and actions. One thing that these corporate wolves and subservient sheep overlook is that, of course, Neil Young is right.

. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian:             The unholy trinity of the Alberta tarsands industry,…

Left Over: Bitumen Off More Then They Can Chew…..

 

Northern Gateway pipeline to be running by 2018, says Enbridge Project will be approved in 2014 and moving oil by 2018, company says

The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 02, 2013 6:46 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 02, 2013 7:44 AM PT

Fascinating, isn’t it, how these oily creeps assume that they are winning the . . . → Read More: Left Over: Bitumen Off More Then They Can Chew…..

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 . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Of Petrostates and Patriotism

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 . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Barack Obama and John Kerry

Cowichan Conversations: Naomi Klein Speaks Out About The Kinder Morgan Pipeline To Vancouver

Here is a video taken over the Labour Day Weekend in North Vancouver. Naomi Klein may be best known for her book, ‘The Shock Doctrine.’ Well the good news is that she has joined the fight against reckless pipeline construction and increased tanker traffic through the port of Vancouver.

. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Naomi Klein Speaks Out About The Kinder Morgan Pipeline To Vancouver

DeSmogBlog: Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution

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A damning new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reveals some startling information regarding pollution in the state of Texas. According to the report, oil refineries and chemical plants in the state are releasing tens of thousands of tons of pollution every year, without as much as a peep from . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Part 2 – Mitt Romney

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In Part 1 of this series, we explored the overall environmental issues that are facing the U.S., mostly as a part of coordinated attacks by politicians in Washington. In the next few articles, we’ll take a look at what each candidate has said or done in regards to both environmental and . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Part 2 – Mitt Romney

DeSmogBlog: B.C. Protest This Saturday to Stop Warren Buffett’s BNSF Coal Trains

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Warren Buffett, the third wealthiest man on the planet (net worth: $44 billion), often referred to as the "Oracle of Omaha," is the target of a May 5 action called for by Stop Coal B.C. Well, not Buffett directly, but a rail company he owns through his massive holding company, Berkshire Hathaway: Burlington . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: B.C. Protest This Saturday to Stop Warren Buffett’s BNSF Coal Trains

DeSmogBlog: Obama Sojourns to "Pipeline Crossroads of the World" for Campaign Speech

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It's the multi-pronged fight that never seems to end.

The Alberta Tar Sands have been near the forefront of the North American energy and climate debate, thanks in large part to growing public concern and grassroots efforts like Tar Sands Action, a campaign led by climate activists to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Obama Sojourns to "Pipeline Crossroads of the World" for Campaign Speech

DeSmogBlog: Warren Buffett Exposed: The Oracle of Omaha and the Tar Sands

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On January 23, Bloomberg News reported Warren Buffett's Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), owned by his lucrative holding company Berkshire Hathaway, stands to benefit greatly from President Barack Obama’s recent cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. 

If built, TransCanada's Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline would carry tar sands crude, or bitumen . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Warren Buffett Exposed: The Oracle of Omaha and the Tar Sands

DeSmogBlog: Demise of Keystone XL Means More Bakken Shale Gas Flaring

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Damned if we do, damned if we don't – this is the CliffsNotes version of the ongoing Keystone XL pipeline debate. President Barack Obama recently halted TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, which would bring tar sands crude, or dilluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Alberta, B.C. through the heart of the U.S., to Gulf Coast . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Demise of Keystone XL Means More Bakken Shale Gas Flaring

DeSmogBlog: Without Facts on Their Side, Oil Shills Try to Buy Keystone Support on Twitter

As the internet reacts to the State Department's bold decision to deny the Keystone XL pipeline proposal, you're likely to come across the moans and cries of the stumbling Goliaths of Big Oil. 

Having lost the Keystone XL battle, the oil industry and its shills in Washington are falling back on that old reliable strategy to . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Without Facts on Their Side, Oil Shills Try to Buy Keystone Support on Twitter

DeSmogBlog: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Increase Oil Prices in Midwest

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Twitter is ablaze with the news that the State Department will announce today that the original TransCanada presidential permit application is dead in the water. Details are murky, so stay tuned for more, but what this likely means is that the State Department will allow TransCanada . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Increase Oil Prices in Midwest

DeSmogBlog: Bechtel Whistleblower Warns Against Keystone XL; Witnessed Shoddy Work on TransCanada’s Keystone I

Back in August, DeSmogBlog’s own Emma Pullman co-produced a startling infographic about how the first section of TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline system was “Built to Spill,” with a dozen spills recorded in the pipeline’s first year of operation.

According to a must-read bombshell Op-Ed in the Lincoln Journal Star, these spills came as no big surprise to . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Bechtel Whistleblower Warns Against Keystone XL; Witnessed Shoddy Work on TransCanada’s Keystone I

Canada’s Energy Future

Pressure mounts in the Media, as Canadian Petroleum Producers bombard us with propaganda to forcefeed the Northern Gateway Pipeline and it’s associated Tanker traffic in the most dangerous and pristine water ways in the world. Across Canada, you are being told by the Press that the majority of British Columbians support a . . . . . → Read More: Canada’s Energy Future

DeSmogBlog: Breaking: State Department Delays Keystone XL Decision Until 2013

Obama tar sands.gif The State Department announced today that they would “seek additional information” about the Keystone XL pipeline, meaning that they will take another 12 months at… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Breaking: State Department Delays Keystone XL Decision Until 2013

DeSmogBlog: Valero Positioning To Export Tar Sands Oil, Guarding Pot of Gold at End of Keystone XL Pipeline

Valero Logo.gif In the heated Keystone XL debate, the Canadian company TransCanada, which is attempting to build the line, and the Koch brothers, who are throwing their considerable weight behi… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Valero Positioning To Export Tar Sands Oil, Guarding Pot of Gold at End of Keystone XL Pipeline

DeSmogBlog: Oil Industry Co-Opts Occupy Movement to Sell the Keystone XL Pipeline

99percent.jpg The AFL-CIO's America's Building Trades Unions and Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee are attempting to co-opt the Occupy movement with a new initiative… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Oil Industry Co-Opts Occupy Movement to Sell the Keystone XL Pipeline

DeSmogBlog: Cornell Report Busts Myth of Keystone XL Job Creation

pipe dreams.jpg Proponents of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project would like you to believe that, if approved, its construction will put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work. Thi… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Cornell Report Busts Myth of Keystone XL Job Creation

DeSmogBlog: EnergyNOW! Tackles Keystone XL, And Talks To Me About Pipelines

energyNOW!.jpg On Sunday, energyNOW! news tackled the Keystone XL debate in a wide-ranging half hour program that covered the controversial pipeline in typically comprehensive fashion. An ov… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: EnergyNOW! Tackles Keystone XL, And Talks To Me About Pipelines