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TransCanada Complains to NAFTA, Sues US for $15 bn Over Keystone XL Rejection – June 30, 2016

Environmentalists respond by criticizing closed-door trade deals that favor corporations

The other shoe has finally dropped regarding the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, and it’s a big one. TransCanada is suing the United States for $15 billion for rejecting the pipeline project that would have carried crude oil from Canada’s Alberta tar stands to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Photo of Keystone PipelinePhoto by Shannon RamosA Keystone Pipeline pumping station. TransCanada is suing the United States for rejecting the KXL pipeline project.

Last week, the Canadian company filed an arbitration claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) over President Obama’s rejection of the pipeline, making good on its January threat… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Environmentalists, First Nations Vow Summer of Action Against Trans Mountain Pipeline – May 26, 2016

Canadian regulators’ OK of the tar sands pipeline expansion draws flack from activists

Environment and Indigenous rights organizations are indicating it’s going to be a long, hot summer of civil disobedience in British Columbia following a National Energy Board report released last week recommending conditional approval of Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project that allow for the transport of nearly a million barrels of bitumen per day from Alberta’s tar sands oil mines.

people holding Trans Mountain protest bannerPhoto courtesy of SumOfUsThe decision didn’t come as much of a surprise, given that the National Energy Board members were hand-picked by former prime minister, and friend of the oil patch, Stephen Harper.

“All this… more

by: Ron Johnson

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North America’s Largest Coal-fired Power Plant Will Soon be a Solar Farm – March 30, 2016

Nanticoke Solar is a joint venture by First Nations business leaders and renewable energy companies

One would be hard-pressed to find a more symbolic victory for clean energy than a solar farm taking up residence inside the former home of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in North America. That’s what is happening, on the shores of Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada.

Photo of Nanticoke Generating StationPhoto by JasonParisThe Nanticoke Generating Station, which is being converted to a solar farm.

At one time, the Nanticoke generating station was producing a staggering 4,000 megawatts of energy and was one of the country’s largest greenhouse gas emitters. The plant was officially decommissioned in 2013, part of a… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Trans Mountain and Energy East Pipelines Delayed in Face of Mounting Protests – February 1, 2016

Trudeau government announces new climate test and consultation with Indigenous Peoples on all major resource projects

In an effort to build public trust, the Canadian government announced last week that is going to change the way it reviews natural resource projects, thus delaying final decisions on two major oil pipeline projects.

Protest against Kinder Morgan in BurnabyPhoto by Mark KlotzA November 2014 file photo of a rally against the proposed Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain, British Columbia. Final hearings for the project are underway in Burnaby, as are protests.

Leading up to his election last October, and again at the Paris climate summit in December, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked big about tackling climate change and had… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Will Canada’s New Prime Minister Walk the Green Walk? – December 22, 2015

Justin Trudeau talks like a climate crusader, but can he deliver on his promises and still get tar sands pipelines built?

Kai Nagata is walking home from a day in the office of the Dogwood Initiative, a British Columbia-based environmental organization. His path overlooks the body of water that could see increased tanker traffic carrying diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to overseas markets if the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline is approved. But after the Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister, ousting fossil fuel-loving leader Stephen Harper, Nagata is more hopeful than he has been in a long time that meaningful change is around the corner.

Photo of TrudeauPhoto by Province of British Columbia Justin Trudeau at the Paris climate talks. For… more

by: Ron Johnson

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