Enbridge Pipe Dreams and Nightmares

The Economic Costs and Benefits of the Proposed Northern Gateway PipelineBC Office, CCPAMarch 21, 2012PDF HERE.A new study reviews the economic case for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline (NGP) and casts serious doubt on claims that the pipeline will lead to substantial job creation and other economic benefits.Enbridge claims that the NGP will create 63,000 person years of employment during the ... [click title to continue]

Weibo’s Final Battle

By Byron ChristopherVergreville ObserverMarch 16, 2012 Wiebo Ludwig  Hythe, Alberta — It’s not if, but when. Eco-warrior Wiebo Ludwig is preparing for death. With his weight now under 150 pounds, he predicts he’ll be gone in just weeks, a victim of cancer of the esophagus. Ludwig has battled the disease for the past year.The Dutch-born patriarch of a Christian clan “living off the land” ... [click title to continue]

Gloves are off in war on greens

BY SUSAN RILEYThe Ottawa CitizenMarch 15, 2012You don’t want to give too much credence to the unhinged accusations of crotchety Conservative senators, but their recent attacks on environmentalists suggest a bold escalation in the government’s anti-green messaging.At a recent meeting of a Senate committee examining foreign contributions to Canadian charities, Conservative Senator Percy Mockler described ... [click title to continue]

Unveiling Canada’s Role in Chile’s Environmental and Political Conflicts

By Cyril MychalejkoToward Freedom15 March 2012 Environmental justice march in Aysén, Chile   A new report reveals the Canadian mining industrial complex's responsibility for social discord and environmentally-destructive policies in Chile's Patagonia region.“Far away, on the southern cone of South America in Chilean Patagonia, exists one of the most beautiful, still-virgin territories on Earth. ... [click title to continue]

Study Finds Tar Sands Has Higher CO2 Emissions Than Thought, Calls Land Restoration Pledge ‘Greenwashing’

By Joe RommClimate ProgressMar 13, 2012 A new study finds the tar sands have yet higher CO2 emissions than expected because of the threat they post to forests and peatlands.That is no bombshell: Climate Progress has previously pointed out that tar sands development threatens the carbon-rich boreal forests. Now it has been quantified.A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ... [click title to continue]

New report outlines Canada’s tarred lobbying efforts

Council of CanadiansMarch 8, 2012 Climate Action Network Canada, in partnership with the NRDC,  Environmental Defence,  Equiterre, Greenpeace and Sierra Club, launched a new report today – Dirty Oil Diplomacy, The Canadian Government’s Global Push to Sell the Tar Sands. I just returned from a breakfast briefing with diplomats here in Ottawa introducing the report which provides hard-hitting ... [click title to continue]

Iran, Canada and the Petro State

By Andrew NikiforukTheTyee.ca March 5, 2012 Whenever North Americans fill up their vehicles with gasoline these days they should reflect on their ongoing contribution to the dysfunctional status of petro states and the Islamic Republic of Iran in particular.Iran's civilian nuclear power ambitions, of course, have set off a grand political tiff with the United States and Israel. Both suspect the nation ... [click title to continue]

Warming of two degrees inevitable over Canada: study

PhysOrg.comMarch 4, 2012SFU geographer Kirsten Zickfeld notes in a new paper she has co-authored that northern hemisphere dwellers will suffer more severe effects of climate change than others.Even if zero emissions of greenhouse gases were to be achieved, the world’s temperature would continue to rise by about a quarter of a degree over a decade. That’s a best-case scenario, according to a paper ... [click title to continue]