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Trudeau’s Approval of Kinder Morgan, Line 3 Pipelines Is a Failure in Climate Leadership

Environmentalists, First Nations gear up for long fight against tar sands oil pipelines

“Canada is back my friends. We are here to help.” When Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau made this statement last year, he was newly elected and addressing the UN's 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. Canada’s renewed focus on battling…
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by: Ron Johnson – December 1, 2016

Nations Rising

Across North America Indigenous people are pushing for a renewable energy future.

UPDATE: On Sunday, December 4, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline. Under the big North Dakota sky, in a sparsely populated slice of Indian country, a dramatic uprising has been underway that some say could change the…
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by: Ron Johnson – Winter 2017

TransCanada Complains to NAFTA, Sues US for $15 bn Over Keystone XL Rejection

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – June 30, 2016

Environmentalists, First Nations Vow Summer of Action Against Trans Mountain Pipeline

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – May 26, 2016

North America’s Largest Coal-fired Power Plant Will Soon be a Solar Farm

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – March 30, 2016

Trans Mountain and Energy East Pipelines Delayed in Face of Mounting Protests

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. Photo by Mark KlotzA November 2014 file…
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by: Ron Johnson – February 1, 2016

Will Canada’s New Prime Minister Walk the Green Walk?

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – December 22, 2015

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