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What Does Canada’s Election Mean for the Fate of the Tar Sands?

Conservative Party Takes Control of Government

At first glance, the ‪re-election‬ of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a serious setback to those on both sides of the border who are battling expansion of the Alberta tar sands and trying, at the very least, to improve environmental standards…
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by: Ron Johnson – May 9, 2011

Tunnel Vision

Oil companies are determined to build two massive new pipelines to transport crude from the tar sands. Local activists, concerned about spills and water quality, have geared up to fight them.

istockphoto.com “This is our last fight. For us, for the four-legged ones, for the flyers and the swimmers.” Those are the words of Helen Clifton, a passionate Gitga’at elder from Hartley Bay, a village situated in the Great Bear Rainforest – the largest intact temperate rainforest left on the planet. Clifton’s town is about 40 miles south of the port city of Kitimat, where the Canadian energy company Enbridge is planning to…
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by: Ron Johnson – Spring 2011

New Frontiers for Black Gold

Extracting oil from tar sands is technically difficult, environmentally destructive, and expensive. It’s also lucrative. No surprise, then, that countries around the world are sizing up their own tar sands for exploitation. In the US, approximately 32 billion barrels of oil are contained in eight deposits in the Colorado River watershed of eastern Utah. Although the reserves are not of the same scale as the Athabasca oil sands, investors are eagerly eyeing…
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by: Ron Johnson – Spring 2011

Post-Mortem on G8 and G20: Climate Change Remains a Non-Issue

The G20 Summit is almost two years old. And like an infant approaching its terrible twos, the ad hoc gang of developed countries with no real structure or mandate is starting to get out of hand. Heading into the G8 and G20…
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by: Ron Johnson – June 29, 2010

G20 Governments Give Oil Companies $100 Billion a Year in Subsidies

On Sunday, the final day of the G20 Summit, the world's leaders could either have followed through on the commitments made at the Pittsburgh summit and phase out fossil fuel subsidies or, as leaked reports suggested, take a step back and water…
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by: Ron Johnson – June 29, 2010

Surprise, Surprise, G8 Fails to Take on Climate Change

Although climate change got four paragraphs in the G8 Muskoka Declaration--a document dubbed Recovery and New Beginnings coming out of the G8 Summit--it amounts to little more than a rehashing of earlier meetings, providing little new material and failing to deliver the momentum…
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by: Ron Johnson – June 26, 2010

Naomi Klein at G20: Use Robin Hood Tax to Pay Climate Debts

A call for a global movement ahead of COP16 (the UN Climate Conference being held in Cancun, Mexico, later this year) was launched at Massey Hall in Toronto last night as part of the Shout Out for Global Justice event held just…
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by: Ron Johnson – June 26, 2010

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