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Canada Tar Sands

Stephen Harper's Petro-State Is Built on Tar Sands

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.02.2015 | Green
Washington Spectator

Over 90 percent of Canada's oil reserves are bitumen, the costly production of which nets only 4 percent to Canada's GDP. But oil represents 40 percent of the country's exports. So the urgency to develop and export the tar-sands oil has become a national priority.

Canadian Government Still Committed To Keystone XL Pipeline

Reuters | Posted 01.07.2015 | Green

OTTAWA, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Canada's Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Thursday the government remains committed to the Keystone XL pipeline project...

Canadian Pipeline Incidents Have Doubled In The Past Decade

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Oct 28 (Reuters) - The rate of safety-related incidents on federally regulated pipelines in Canada doubled over the last decade, while the rate of r...

Kate Sheppard

Top U.S. Trade Official Pushes Back Against EU Carbon Plan | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

Building the Keystone XL pipeline is only part of the equation. Once the Canadian tar sands are pumped and piped to refineries on the Gulf Coast, the ...

The Inescapable, Undeniable Fact

Daryl Hannah | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green
Daryl Hannah

My stance against the boondoggle that is the Keystone XL pipeline has been a stand to protect us from exacerbating the effects of the climate crisis. We are already experiencing its force, in the form of killer floods, droughts, massive fires and super storm catastrophes.

Norway, Canada, the United States and the Tar Sands

Dr. James Hansen | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Dr. James Hansen

If infrastructure, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, is built to transport tar sands, ways will be developed to extract more and more. When full accounting is done of emissions from tar sands oil, its use is equivalent to burning coal to power your automobile.

The Expansion of the Dirtiest Fuel on the Planet Hinges on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Frances Beinecke | Posted 04.23.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Climate change is already threatening our communities with extreme weather and costly damages. Fortunately President Obama has the power to stop a major source of global warming pollution from spreading: tar sands oil.

Canada's Tar Sands: All Dressed up and No Place to Go?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 04.14.2013 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Alberta's tar sands lobbyists must be earning a fortune these days. So much dirty oil, and so few pathways to market. And those who think it's only a matter of time until Canada bullies its way to victory might be in for a surprise.

Kalamazoo River Spill: Two Years Later and the Tar Sands Mess in Michigan Still Looks Ugly

Henry Henderson | Posted 09.24.2012 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The Kalamazoo River spill undercuts all the safety claims about speedy response (it took them more than 17 hours to shut the pipeline down) and leak detection (the spill was identified by a staffer from a natural gas utility in Michigan).

What on Earth Is Happening to Canada? Answer: Black Out Speak Out

Michael Marx | Posted 08.04.2012 | Green
Michael Marx

June 4 is a day of protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's attack on civil society organizations including labor, environment, immigration, and students. Over 13,000 Canadian websites will be blacked out in protest.

Canada's Tar Sands Battle With Europe

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2012 | Green

By Barbara Lewis, David Ljunggren and Jeffrey Jones BRUSSELS/OTTAWA, May 10 (Reuters) - There's a science to using science. ...

Uh O, Canada

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green

* Emission figures signal targeted cut will be hard to hit * Emissions grew by 0.25 pct in 2010, economy by 3.2 percent ...

What's So Radical About Caring for the Earth?

David Suzuki | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
David Suzuki

Is it radical to care for our country, our world, our children and grandchildren, our future? It seems more radical for a government to come out swinging in favour of an industrial project in advance of public hearings into that project.

GOP Leadership Holds Tax Relief for American Families Hostage to Keystone Pipeline

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.17.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

At the insistence of Republican lawmakers, the tax bill moving through Congress includes a provision requiring the president to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days. This is political opportunism at its most cynical.

EU Commission Defends Proposal To Label Oil Sands Fuel

Posted 12.28.2011 | Green

The European Union's climate commissioner announced this week that the EU's plans to label all fuel produced from oil sands as "highly polluting" are ...

Why Ethical Oil's Deceptive 'Women's Rights' Defense of Tar Sands Is Insulting and Wrong

Emma Pullman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Green
Emma Pullman

Instead of pretending that expanding the tar sands will somehow help women in Saudi Arabia, let's talk about how we can help Canadian women impacted right here at home by tar sands expansion.

Wolves, Caribou, Tar Sands and Canada's Oily Ethics

Chris Genovali | Posted 11.22.2011 | Green
Chris Genovali

The relentless destruction of boreal forest wilderness via tar sands development has conspired to deprive caribou of their life requisites while exposing them to levels of predation they did not evolve with and are incapable of adapting to.

A Mother's Plea for Sasha and Malia: No Tar Sands Pipeline!

Daphne Wysham | Posted 11.07.2011 | Green
Daphne Wysham

My 11-year-old son should have a vote on this pipeline issue. Yet he and all the children have little say in the world they will inherit, one that may be changed utterly, in ways we can't even comprehend.

This Week In D.C.: The Outcry for Climate Solutions Has Become an Uproar

Rebecca Tarbotton | Posted 11.02.2011 | Green
Rebecca Tarbotton

The movement to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has become symbolic of our struggle to avert climate catastrophe, and it's breaking through and gaining momentum.

The Dirtiest Fuel on the Planet

Al Gore | Posted 10.31.2011 | Green
Al Gore

Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil. The pipeline President Obama is considering would be an enormous mistake.

PHOTOS: Pipeline Protest Leader 'Needs Your Company' In Jail, More Arrested

Posted 10.21.2011 | Green

“The only thing we need is more company. We don’t need your sympathy, we need your company," Tar Sands Action leader Bill McKibben said from jail,...

PHOTOS: Canadian Tar Sands And The True Cost Of Oil

Posted 10.20.2011 | Green

From Garth Lenz: Ten years ago, my wife and I sat huddled together, watching in horror the images from New York. We had just learned that my wife w...

Energy Is Ugly: Tar Sands Make Their Mark

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 06.07.2011 | Green
Ellen Cantarow

When it comes to energy ugly, tar sands could take the cake. Getting oil out of them is a dirty, dangerous, and deadly process.

Can the Canadian Economy Afford the Tar Sands?

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

At triple-digit prices, the tar sands will produce three to four million barrels per day. In turn, the tandem of soaring oil prices and soaring oil production will propel the Canadian dollar to heights it's never seen.

WATCH James Cameron On Canada Oil Sands: 'Time To Put The Brakes On It'

Huffington Post | Travis Walter Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In this clip, James Cameron, director of "Avatar," speaks to MSNBC via Skype about his thoughts on his trip to get a first-hand glimpse of the controv...