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Alberta’s Most Devastating Inferno

The ECOreport reposts an analysis of the Fort McMurray Wildfire: Is Alberta’s most devastating inferno the result of climate Change? Or just another Wildfire? 

Originally Published on University of Alberta News

By Bryan Alary

Record heat, tinder­-dry conditions contributed to Alberta’s most devastating inferno, says UAlberta wildland fire professor. Expect more extremes in the future.

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The Battle Against BC’s Pipelines Continues

The ECOreport looks at how, despite the change of Government, the battle against BC’s pipelines continues

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Prior to the election, Justin Trudeau made many promises. He was going to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline project. He was going to  redo the National Energy Board (NEB) process and that “applies to existing projects.” The NEB will not make a decision on Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion early in 2016. Kinder Morgan will have to go through a new process, which will require obtaining support from communities and First Nations. Trudeau was elected over a week ago. The battle against BC’s pipelines continues.

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Most Albertans Want Cleaner Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAlberta is Stephen Harper’s home province, home to the oil sands and uses more coal fired electricity than all the rest of Canada combined. With oil prices dropping to $40 a barrel, people in Calgary and Fort McMurray are losing their jobs. This is not where one would expect much support for renewable energy, but a new poll from EKOS Research discovered most Albertans want cleaner energy.

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Building Pipelines To Nowhere

The collapse of oil prices is part of a larger change in the World’s energy industry. Another Double hitter from Tomdispatch: Michael T. Klare’s ” Double-Dip Oil Rout” &  Tom Engelhardt’s introductory Tomgram. They suggest companies like Enbridge, Kinder Morgan, TransCanada etc may be building pipelines to nowhere.

Originally Published on TomDispatch.Com

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Big Oil in Retreat

On July 14, 2011, at TomDispatch, Bill McKibben wrote that he and a few other “veteran environmentalists” had issued a call for activists to descend on the White House and “risk arrest to demand something simple and concrete from President Obama: that he refuse to grant a license for Keystone XL, a new pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico that would vastly increase the flow of tar sands oil through the U.S., ensuring that the exploitation of Alberta’s tar sands will only increase.” It must have seemed like a long shot at the time, but McKibben urged the prospective demonstrators on, pointing out that “Alberta’s tar sands are the continent’s biggest carbon bomb,” especially “dirty” to produce and burn in terms of the release of carbon dioxide and so the heating of the planet.

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The Canadian Energy Strategy Is Too Vague

The premiers attempted to craft a strategy that attempts to accommodate everyone’s energy ideas and as a result the Canadian Energy Strategy is too vague

By David Suzuki

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 crude oil from North Dakota derailed in Montana, spilling 160,000 litres and forcing evacuation of nearby homes.

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