Tag Archives: Environmental Defence

Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future

The ECOreport publishes an Op-ED about plans to expand North America’s fossil fuel production, Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future 

By Roy L Hales

Alberta’s oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline “a great day for jobs and energy independence” in the United States. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its’ current pipeline capacity1 and adding more pipelines is “not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (Global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”2 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about our future on a planet where the scale and pace of extreme weather events is increasing.

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  1. Canadian crude oil export pipelines are utilized at 85 to 90 per cent of their capacity … based on respective historical utilization rates.” – Canada’s Energy Future 2016, National Energy Board, p 92
  2.  Ibid, p 115

NEB’s Kinder Morgan Review Hopelessly Biased Towards Corporate Interests

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed from B.C., NEB’s Kinder Morgan Review Hopelessly Biased Towards Corporate Interests

Originally Published on Sierra Club BC

Toronto, ON – As a Ministerial Panel is due to report on this summer’s last minute revisiting of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker proposal, environmental groups from across Canada today sent MPs a briefing note on the fundamentally flawed review process. Prepared by Sierra Club B.C., Environmental Defence and Équiterre, the document shows the lack of public confidence in the Kinder Morgan process. Restarting the Kinder Morgan review after reforming the NEB is the only viable option.

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Ontario Needs 100% Renewable Energy

The ECOreport reposts a joint appeal from 14 organizations, Ontario Needs 100% Renewable Energy

Press Release from Environmental Defence

Toronto, ON – A group of fourteen organizations, including environmentalists, doctors and nurses, says that Ontario’s next energy plan should empower citizens and communities to join the global movement toward 100 per cent renewable energy.

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What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

The ECOreport looks at new Canada, US & Mexico agreement and asks What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Future generations may look back on the agreement that Canada, the United States and Mexico just signed as a significant milestone,  or maybe not. What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

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Will Trudeau Protect Canada’s Environment?

The ECOreport looks at the Canadian government’s announcement of a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCanada’s new government faces tough challenges. They were elected on a wave of frustration with the previous regime’s petro-politics. Understandably, the oil and gas industry was “very concerned.” Up until now, corporate concerns have taken a priority over the welfare and desires of ordinary Canadians. Yesterday, the government announced a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

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Clean Economy Alliance Welcomes Ontario’s Climate Plan

The ECOreport reposts news that the 90 member organizations of the province’s Clean Economy Alliance Welcomes Ontario’s Climate Plan

Press Release from the Clean Economy Alliance

TORONTO, ON – The Clean Economy Alliance (CEA), a coalition of over 90 organizations, applauds Ontario’s ambitious Climate Change Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and invest in the jobs, technologies, institutions and infrastructure of a 21st century low-carbon economy. The Climate Change Action Plan includes key measures to help Ontario shift away from fossil fuels, including incentives for electric vehicles, retrofitting homes and buildings to improve energy efficiency, and offsetting natural gas use with renewable energy, including solar and geothermal technology.

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Can Canada Build More Pipelines? Or LNG Facilities?

The ECOreport asked scientists, environmentalists, politicians and spokespersons from the Governments of Alberta, BC and Canada: If we want to limit climate change, can Canada build more pipelines?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In a recent interview with the ECOreport, Simon Fraser University Climate Scientist Dr, Kirsten Zickfeld described Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s idea of fighting climate change while expanding the oil sands and building new pipelines as “delusional.” There is only a finite amount of carbon we can release into the atmosphere and if we hope keep the global temperature rise to 2 degrees C. We are already close to 1.5 degrees and may pass that threshold this year. Even if we do not build any new fossil fuel infrastructure, Canada will exhaust “its’ fair share” of carbon emissions by 2030. These were quite strong statements, so I asked a couple of other scientists – as well as environmentalists, politicians and government spokespersons – Can Canada build more pipelines? Or LNG facilities?
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81% Of Ontarians Embrace Renewables

The ECOreport looks at the report “Getting FIT” & a poll that shows 81% of Ontarians embrace renewables

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Keith Brooks,  Clean Economy Program Director at Environmental Defence, acknowledges that Ontario made mistakes carrying out  its’ Green Energy and Green Economy Act, but he describes the opponents as a vocal minority. A new Ekos Research poll substantiates this view. 1 Only 17% of the respondents oppose further expansion of wind and solar energy, 81% of Ontarians embrace renewables.

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  1. Roy L Hales interview with Keith Brooks of Environmental Defence

COP 21 reached An Agreement

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1COP 21 reached an agreement. Fossil fuel usage will be phased out by 2050. The international community will adopt a goal of keeping the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees, but does not yet have the pledges that will make this possible. According to Adam Scott of Environmental Defence, in Paris, the current pledges will only limit the  rise to 3 degrees.

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Celebrating Provincial Climate Action In Paris

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

The climate negotiations in Paris are a time for action and to look ahead – but last night we also took some time to celebrate Provincial Climate Action in Paris.
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