Lobbying for Canada’s “Ethical Oil”

By Yves EnglerDissident Voice September 25th, 2012While scientists are reporting a stunning reduction in Arctic sea ice Canada’s ambassador in the U.S. is stumping for heavy carbon emitting oil.Last Tuesday Ambassador Gary Doer spoke at Washington D.C.’s Johns Hopkins University in support of heavy polluting tar sands oil. According toSun News, Doer touted the job benefits of Calgary-based TransCanada’s ... [click title to continue]

Arctic wilderness faces pollution threats as oil and gas giants target its riches

Melting ice caps, the influx of trawlers and tourists, and Shell's £4bn investment to drill for fossil fuels in the Chukchi Sea all raise fears By Robin McKie guardian.co.uk 21 July 2012 It is home to a quarter of the planet's oil and natural gas reserves, yet humans have hardly touched these resources in the far north. But in a few days that could change dramatically if Shell receives approval ... [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]

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]

Stephen Harper and the Big Oil Party of Canada

By Murray DobbinJanuary 17, 2012Where will you be and what will you be doing when the first giant oil tanker, (there will be two plying the waters every three days) carrying over 200,000 gallons of tar sands goop diluted with solvent, spills its load into the pristine waters of the northern BC coast? We often remember catastrophic events by recalling exactly what we were doing and where we were when ... [click title to continue]

Unethical oil and its friends

By IanThe Real StoryJanuary 7, 2012A year ago Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel announced a new foreign partner for its Northern Gateway Pipeline project.Daniels told a meeting in Whistler, BC that Sinopec, China’s second largest oil company, was investing an undisclosed amount in the pipeline approval process in return for a guaranteed place on the pipeline and the right to pony up for an equity stake in ... [click title to continue]

Canada: Climate Criminal

By Rex WeylerGreen Peace InternationalJanuary 4, 2012 At the dawn of the 21st century a new political regime has transformed Canada from global hero – once standing up for peace, people, and nature – to global criminal, plunging into war, eroding civil rights, and destroying environments.What happened to Canada? Oil. And not just any oil, but the world’s dirtiest, most destructive oil. Canada’s ... [click title to continue]

Border Security Deal’s Ugly Twin Carries Major Energy and Environmental Implications for Canada

By Nelle Maxey  The Common Sense Canadian December 19, 2011  Harper's government officially announced in recent weeks a new Border Security deal with the US. However, little press space was given to the ugly twin of this deal - the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and their "Joint Action Plan". The RCC was set up to "streamline" regulations in four economic sectors ... [click title to continue]