With Canada’s safe carbon budget too small for tar sands, hunt for solutions goes global


National Observer
by Barry Saxifrage
July 22, 2015


The Alberta tar sands contain a gargantuan 170 billion barrels of oil that are economically viable to extract using today’s technology. Unfortunately, the climate pollution from extracting it all using current technology would exceed any safe and sane carbon budget for Canada. (See: “Tar sands vs Canada’s safe carbon budget”.)

If we Canadians live up to our fundamental climate obligations and promises, there will only be enough national carbon budget to extract …

The Premiers’ Canadian Energy Strategy Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Nexen oil spill

Huffington Post
July 22, 2015

Nexen oil spillA Nexen-supplied image of a pipeline oil spill near the Long Lake oil sands operation is shown at a press conference in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 17, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

On July 15, a state-of-the-art new pipeline near Fort McMurray, Alberta, ruptured, spilling five million litres of bitumen, sand and waste water over 16,000 square metres — one of the largest pipeline oil spills in Canadian history. Two days later, a train carrying

Nexen Energy pipeline in Alberta began leaking between June 29 and July 15, company says

Financial Post
July 22, 2015

ANZAC, Alta. — A major oil pipeline leak detected last week in northern Alberta started some time within a two-week period dating back to late June, Nexen Energy said Wednesday.

Ron Bailey, the company’s senior vice-president of Canadian operations, said officials still don’t know precisely when the pipeline ruptured. But Bailey said the company believes the pipeline started leaking between June 29, when crews finished a cleaning, and July 15, when a contractor discovered it.…

At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight

Pope Francis greeted Mayor Ignazio Marino of Rome at the Vatican. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York was next to Mr. Marino.

The New York Times
by Gaia Pianigiani
July 21, 2015

Pope Francis greeted Mayor Ignazio Marino of Rome at the Vatican. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York was next to Mr. Marino.Source: L’Osservatore Romano, via New York Times

VATICAN CITY — About 60 mayors from around the world gathered here on Tuesday and pledged to combat global warming and help the poor deal with its effects, at a conference swiftly organized by the Vatican barely a month after Pope Francis’ sweeping encyclical on the environment.

The two-day conference, which also focused on fighting forms of modern slavery, was not the …

Canada’s PM blocking climate reform, says Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne

Fellow signatories applaud as Kathleen Wynne signs a declaration alongside Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin, right, and Quebec’s premier, Philippe Couillard, center left, at the Climate Summit of the Americas meeting in Toronto on 9 July.

The Guardian
July 21, 2015

Leader of country’s biggest province condemns Stephen Harper ahead of elections: ‘There isn’t a collaborative process around any of this’

 Ontario’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, speaks at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto.Source: Darren Calabrese/AP

The leader of Canada’s biggest province has escalated her feud with the country’s prime minister, accusing Stephen Harper of obstructing efforts to fight climate change and calling on Canadians to make global warming a decisive issue in the coming elections.

In an interview with the Guardian, Kathleen Wynne, the Liberal premier of …