The ECOreport reposts a report on overlooked impact from the oil sands, Alberta’s tailing ponds hold one trillion litres of toxic waste
Press Release from ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE and NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
Ottawa, ON – The volume of oil sands tailing ponds are now over 1 trillion litres, while the cost of cleanup is now greater than total lifetime royalty revenues collected by Alberta from oil sands companies, according to a new report released today by Canada’s Environmental Defence and the U.S.’s National Resource Defense Council.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-ED, Five Things About Canada’s Carbon Pricing Plan
Originally Published on Clean Energy Canada
By Clare Demerse
On Thursday, the federal government published its <a< span=””>< span=””> href=”https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2017/05/the_government_ofcanadareleasestechnicalpaperonpricingcarbonpoll.html”>plans to get a price on carbon in all parts of Canada. The proposal represents a big step forward on a key climate commitment, and the approach Ottawa has chosen is a promising one.
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The ECOreport looks at two alarming new reports, studies find Canada’s methane emissions are drastically underreported
By Roy L Hales
Some consider natural gas preferable to other fossil fuels “because it emits 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion.” But over the course of its’100-year lifespan natural gas’ primary component has “a radiative forcing greater than 30 times that of CO2.” According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Methane is responsible for 25% of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.” Two new studies find Canada’s methane emissions are drastically underreported.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about the province’s #1 emitter, The Dark Side of BC’s Oil & Gas Industry
From the David Suzuki Foundation
By David Suzuki
We’ve long known extracting oil and gas comes with negative consequences, and rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, increases the problems and adds new ones — excessive water use and contamination, earthquakes, destruction of habitat and agricultural lands and methane emissions among them.
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The ECOreport reposts news from Alberta, Solar To Provide 80% Of Edmonton Office Building’s Electricity
SolarLove via Clean Technica
By Steve Hanley
The ECOreport reposts new of one way to relieve pressure from Western Canada’s housing market, the ultimate tiny condo.
Originally Published on University of Alberta News
By Bev Betkowski
It’s no bigger than a cozy living room, but a tiny condo built by a University of Alberta researcher gives an exciting glimpse into the big picture of what future housing could be—affordable, functional and human.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed critical of the 2017 budget, Canada’s Budget Props Up Failing Tar Sands Industry
Editor’s note: Canada is a Petro-state, whose currency fluctuates with the rise and fall of oil prices. This would not be a healthy situation even if fossil fuel emissions were not triggering climate change. The government needs to develop other industries without collapsing our Petro-economy.
Press Release from the Wilderness Committee
While the federal government invests in moving Canada towards a low-carbon economy, Budget 2017 throws good money after bad in its attempts to prop up a failing tar sands industry.
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The ECOreport comments on the pan-Canadian climate plan, Canada needs climate Churchills, not Chamberlains
By Roy L Hales
Some believe the pan-Canadian climate plan is an important milestone on the pathway to mid-century decarbonization. The Federal government and provinces have agreed to “adopt strengthened building codes, to implement an effective clean fuels standard, and to increase the carbon price after 2022.” However Saskatchewan did not sign the agreement and Premiers like Christy Clark and Rachel Notley only did so because they were given “flexibility” to expand their province’s fossil fuel infrastructure. Future generations may look back upon the Trudeau era as the peak of LNG and oil sands development. Canada needs climate Churchills, not Chamberlains.
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The ECOreport reposts a story from Alberta, Oilsands tailings Ponds back in the spotlight
Originally Published on the Pembina Institute
By Jodi McNeill
Criticism of the oilsands’ environmental impact has been muted recently. With an economic slump that has slowed the rate of oilsands expansion and significant steps forward on climate change policy in the province and federally, it’s easy for old problems to slip from public view. One facet of the oilsands that has dropped in prominence compared to its heyday as environmental headliner nearly a decade ago is the problem of oilsands tailings waste. While the issue may have disappeared from the headlines, it’s not because this toxic legacy has been resolved.
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The ECOreport reposts a response to OP-ED stating it is BC’s Patriotic duty to accept Kinder Morgan’s pipeline – Sorry Globe and Mail, BC Does Not Want Pipelines
Originally Published in the Common Sense Canadian
By Rafe Mair
I simply couldn’t believe Gary Mason in Friday’s Globe and Mail In his article entitled “Sorry Vancouver: The rest of Canada needs pipelines”. I urge you to read the article so that if I misrepresent Mr. Mason you will see it for yourself.
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