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The Disconnect Between Canada’s Climate Words & Fossil Fuel Investments

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmA year has passed since the World proclaimed its’ resolve to keep the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees. The Canadian government appears to be green lighting the expansion of our emissions heavy fossil fuel sector through the addition of Woodfibre LNG terminal, Pacific Northwest LNG terminal and at least one more pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the West Coast. (Natural Resources Minister Jim Car says that the now expected U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline does not change the fact Canada needs more access to Asian markets.) They are expected to approve the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would tripple the tanker traffic flowing past the city of Vancouver, on December 19. The hearings for an even larger project in eastern Canada, Energy East, have been temporarily on hold since the entire panel had to recluse itself because “their participation in these meetings may have created an apprehension of bias which could undermine the integrity and the credibility of the Board’s decision making process.” Despite the fact emissions from the gas and oil sectors are one of the principal contributors to our rising emissions, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says “there is no turning back” in the fight against climate change. At the press conference following the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) at Marrakech, she was confronted about the  disconnect between Canada’s climate words & fossil fuel investments.

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Did Harper Hijack the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Hearings?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1“Over the past few years, the Harper government has slowly eroded the rights of Canadians to shape their country’s energy policies,” the legal firm ForestEthics explained in a backgrounder released yesterday. Prior to the introduction of Omnibus Bill C-38, citizens could voice their opinions or give written submissions to the National Energy Board (NEB). Now Canadians must fill out an application explaining why they should be allowed to speak and environmental lawyers will not be allowed to cross examine Kinder Morgan.
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