ForestEthics Advocacy says the Harper administration is trying to limit debate on key projects designed to expand tar sands oil extraction
Frustrated by what they say is the Stephen Harper government's blatant attempt to limit debate on key energy projects designed to expand production of the Alberta tar sands, environmental organization ForestEthics Advocacy is suing the Canadian federal government. The group filed suit in federal court yesterday (August 13), hoping to overturn legislation that they say unfairly restricts citizen participation in a publicly-funded democratic process.
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The lawsuit, filed in Toronto, calls for the Federal Court of Canada to strike… more
by: Ron Johnson
Keystone XL Isn’t the Only Key – June 7, 2013
Canadian oil producers seeking to expand existing pipelines to get tar sands oil to the US market
The battle over TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline continues to rage as both sides dig into their strategic playbooks for the Hail Mary pass that might tip the contest in their favor. The stakes, of course, are high. The multi-billion dollar project would see hundreds of thousands of barrels of diluted bitumen piped every day from Alberta across the border into the United States and to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.
Each side’s arguments are well known by now. Pipeline supporters promise jobs and North American energy security. Environmentalists warn of a climate change time bomb and oil spills, and argue that now is the time to end reliance on fossil… more
by: Ron Johnson
Ocean Fertilization Could be a Boon to Fish Stocks – October 31, 2012
Geoengineering concerns surrounding British Columbia iron-dumping incident only part of the story
The ocean fertilization experiment that occurred this summer off the coast of British Columbia has generated intense controversy over the prospect of a rogue eco-vigilante engaging in geoengineering — that is, the manipulation of ecosystems to counteract the greenhouse effect. The experiment, in which more than 100 metric tons of iron were dumped into the Pacific Ocean, is likely to be the center of attention at UN talks occurring this week to discuss an international treaty to govern geoengineering experiments. Global condemnation of the experiment has been harsh and swift.
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