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Enbridge’s Nose Grows a lot Longer

By National Wildlife Federation Thursday, March 14, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site In a recent hearing to determine the fate of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, Enbridge told regulators, decision makers and the public that tar sands oil floats in water. This is according to an …

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Fact-checking Canada’s record on climate change and the oilsands

By Clare Demerse | Pembina Institute Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site With consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal heading into the home stretch, a parade of Canadian politicians have been making the trek to the U.S. to try to convince the Obama …

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The children: Why a generation is putting itself on the line for the climate

By Wen Stephenson | Grist Tuesday, March 12, 2013 I recently picked up a book that’s been sitting in my must-read pile for a long time: David Halberstam’s The Children, a remarkable account of the African-American students who began the momentous lunch-counter sit-ins in Nashville in February 1960 and went …

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The Dirt :: March 12, 2013

QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A president who has repeatedly identified climate change as one of humanity’s most pressing dangers cannot in good conscience approve a project that — even by the State Department’s most cautious calculations — can only add to the problem.” ~ the New York Times editorial board, writing about …

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The State Department review shows Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in our national interest

By Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Natural Resources Defense Council Monday, March 11, 2013 A deeper dive into the State Department draft environmental review shows that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not needed. The energy security argument for the pipeline, always dubious, has evaporated to the point where even the …

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On the wrong track: Rail is not an alternative to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

By Anthony Swift | Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Wednesday, March 06, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site In its recently released draft environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast for export, the State Department attempts to make …

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Oil Sands Mining Uses Up Almost as Much Energy as It Produces

By Rachel Nuwer | InsideClimate News Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site The average “energy returned on investment,” or EROI, for conventional oil is roughly 25:1. In other words, 25 units of oil-based energy are obtained for every one unit of other energy that …

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Alberta’s carbon tax is a bold move. Sadly, it’s not enough

News Articles Featured Opinion | Tzeporah Berman | The Globe and Mail | April 05, 2013 Read the full article on the originating site This week we heard that Alberta Premier Alison Redford is considering increasing the price of carbon in Alberta by imposing a limit on tar-sands emissions and …

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Energy board changes pipeline complaint rules

News Articles Featured | Gloria Galloway | The Globe and Mail | April 05, 2013 Read the full article on the originating site Canadians who want to tell the National Energy Board what they think about proposed pipeline projects – either in person or in writing – must now complete …

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CP oil spill in northern Ontario larger than first reported

News Articles | Nathan Vanderklippe | The Globe and Mail | April 04, 2013 Read the full article on the originating site A northern Ontario spill of oil from a derailed train is 100 times larger than Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. initially reported. The company said Wednesday that only four …

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Scientist links crude oil to fish deformities, asks Canada to investigate

News Articles Featured | CANADIAN PRESS | April 03, 2013 Read the full article on the originating site OTTAWA – A renowned Canadian scientist says there appear to be similarities between fish deformities found downstream from Alberta’s oilsands and those observed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska and …

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The Tar Sands Disaster

News Articles Featured Opinion | Thomas Homer-Dixon | New York Times | April 01, 2013 Read the full article on the originating site If President Obama blocks the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all, he’ll do Canada a favor. Canada’s tar sands formations, landlocked in northern Alberta, are a …

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A Canadian Oil Sands Project Was Just Dumped At An Enormous $1.65 Billion Loss

News Articles | Jen Alic | Business Insider | March 31, 2013 France’s Total SA (NYSE: TOT) will sell its 49% stake in its Canadian oil sands project to Suncor Energy Inc. for $500 million, netting the French oil giant a $1.65 billion loss on the beleaguered project. Total would …

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Federal environment policy may not be helping the oilpatch

News Articles Featured | Stephen Maher | Postmedia news | March 29, 2013 Read the full article on the originating site You don’t have to fit yourself out for a tinfoil hat to convince yourself that the federal Conservatives are taking their marching orders from the oil industry. Stephen Harper’s …

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