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Rising carbon emissions from oilsands a ‘unique’ challenge, federal cabinet told

CBC News
May 20, 2015
Margo McDiarmid, Environment Reporter

Canada may need international emissions credits to offset increasing emissions from oilsands

Greenhouse gas emissions from increasing oilsands production will rise faster than Canada’s ability to curb them, the federal government was warned before new emissions reduction targets were announced last week.

Cabinet documents obtained by CBC News reveal the thinking behind the scenes as the cabinet members mulled over various proposals for Canada’s target to cut its greenhouse emissions by …

Now is the time to transform Canada’s approach to climate protection

by Louise Comeau

Daffodils weren’t the only things blooming this May long weekend. New commitments to protecting the climate are blossoming all across the country. On May 15, the federal government announced its contribution to the United Nations negotiations on a new global climate treaty, with a national target to cut climate altering pollution 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. On May 14, Ontario announced it would cut its emissions 37 percent below 1990 by 2030; Quebec is expected …

Opinion: Prime Minister Harper a no-show at upcoming UN Climate Summit: Sadly, that’s a good thing

by Louise Comeau, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat canada

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World leaders have been invited by United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to New York on September 23rd for a Climate Summit. The one-day event is designed to bring momentum to global climate negotiations; Heads of State are being called to talk about the actions their countries are taking to accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuel powered economies and to bring …

EU at stalemate on Canada’s oilsands ranking

European Union officials are at a stalemate after voting on whether to classify Canada’s oilsands crude as more harmful to the environment than other fuels — a proposal that Canada would fight.

The ballot by experts from the EU’s 27 member countries, which are weighted by population, failed to produce the required 255 votes needed to approve the classification.

As a result, the proposal will move up to the European Council, which will vote on it in late spring or …

Greenpeace response to 2012-13 federal budget

28 March 2012 (Toronto/Montreal) – Today Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the 2012-13 federal budget. Greenpeace Canada Climate and Energy Coordinator Keith Stewart responds with the following statement:

“Big oil is the big winner in today’s budget, as the Harper government announced that it will dismantle environmental laws that help protect our forests, air, water and wildlife from uncontrolled industrial activity like tar sands mines and pipelines. Canadians are the big losers, as this budget makes it easier for oil …

Enbridge announces $7B Line 3 rebuild, largest project in company history

By Heather Libby

In its largest capital project in history, Enbridge plans to do what Transcanada so far can’t — ship more than half a million barrels of heavy oil across the U.S. border without President Barack Obama’s direct approval.

Late Monday evening, Enbridge announced plans for its largest capital project in history— a $7 billion replacement of its Line 3 pipeline.

The existing Line 3 pipeline is part of Enbridge’s extensive Mainline system. The 34-inch pipe was …

Aboriginal rights a threat to Canada’s resource agenda, documents reveal

By Martin Lukacs

The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal.

Since 2008, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs has run a risk management program to evaluate and respond to “significant risks” to its agenda, including assertions of treaty rights, the rising expectations of aboriginal peoples, and new legal precedents at odds with the government’s policies.

Yearly government reports obtained by the Guardian predict that the …

New global study finds Canada lagging behind China on climate change legislation

By Kevin Grandia

A frequently used talking point from Prime Minister Stephen Harper is that Canada will only tackle the issue of climate change if countries like China agree to take action as well.

Looks like that time has come.

A new study released this week that examines nearly 500 pieces of legislation in 66 countries finds Canada lags behind many countries, including China, when it comes to advancing a plan to reduce climate change pollution and fossil fuel usage.…

Keystone XL protesters arrested at White House

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The protesters were mostly college students who participated in a peaceful march that began at Georgetown University and ended outside the White House. They chanted “climate justice now” and carried signs with slogans such as “don’t tarnish the earth” in an effort to persuade President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline. They …

Peter Mansbridge Was Paid By Oil And Gas Lobby For Speech

CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge was paid by a top oil and gas industry group to give a speech on energy, raising new questions about the broadcaster’s conflict of interest policies in the wake of revelations about contributor Rex Murphy’s ties to the energy sector.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) paid Mansbridge to speak at its Investment Symposium in December 2012 and a photo of him giving the address on how “energy has moved to the forefront of …

Enbridge Line 9: W5 uncovers unreported spills, alarming communities along 830-km pipe

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An aging Enbridge pipeline that runs across Ontario has had at least 35 spills — far more than reported to federal regulators — but many municipalities along its route have never been informed of the incidents, a CTV W5 investigation reveals.

The National Energy Board, which regulates pipelines in Canada, has records of seven spills, while Enbridge told the investigative program there had been 13.

But W5’s analysis of information from the energy board, the company and

Our Nation, Their Interest

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A new report by Environmental Defence and ForestEthics called “Our Nation, Their Interest: The Case Against the Northern Gateway Pipeline and Tanker Project” was released today as part of a BC delegation to Ottawa. The report documents the reasons why Enbridge’s proposal is not in the interest of Canadians, from an economic or environmental perspective. For example, the report finds that the pipeline would carry 100 million tonnes of carbon pollution each year and is premised on a scenario of …

We should assess new pipelines like the Americans do

Clare Demerse

Over the last few months, debates about pipelines have become a staple of the news in Canada. Indeed, pipelines have become the main pretext for our conversations about climate change and the impacts of oil sands development – at least when Neil Young doesn’t happen to be in town.

As a result, many Canadians have come to know the starting lineup of the pipeline expansion team, from Keystone XL and Northern Gateway to Trans Mountain and Line 9, …

Big Oil’s inside track in Ottawa spelled out in black and white

By PressProgress

Wouldn’t it be nice to be given copies of early drafts of government plans to provide edits and feedback?

Internal documents from Natural Resources Canada, released to PressProgress under access to information, show that’s the kind of access the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) enjoys.

Last July was a particularly active one, the records show.

In one email exchange between NRCan’s Major Projects Management Office and CAPP on July 24 and 25, 2013, the industry group representing …

In new Pacific trade talks leak, “climate” becomes the unmentionable

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Time to get excited, everyone: There’s a freshly leaked document from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in town, courtesy of the Peruvian website Redge.org. The mega-secretive, three-years-in-the-making international trade deal that would create a NAFTA-style agreement among the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam (and maybe, just maybe, China …) has only had three other documents leaked over the past four years.

The previous leaks have been enough …