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Dr. James Hansen: Keystone XL, tar sands expansion “can be stopped”

By: Dr. James Hansen

Keystone Pipeline Handout

Keystone Pipeline Handout

Today (May 9, 2013) 36 Norwegian organizations sent an open letter to Prime Minister Stoltenberg expressing opposition to development of Canadian tar sands by Statoil (the Norwegian state is majority shareholder of Statoil).

Signatories include not only environmental organizations, but a broad public spectrum, including, appropriately, many youth organizations. It is encouraging that Norwegian youth press their government to stop supporting tar sands development, given the fact that Norway saves much of its oil earnings for future generations and given the fact that Norway is not likely among the nations that will suffer most from climate change.

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Alberta Tar Sands Dependence Could Hurt Canadian Economy: Report

Press Release | Posted: Feb 21, 2013

bitumencliffA failure to carefully regulate the Canadian bitumen industry is putting Canada on a dangerous economic and environmental trajectory, says a new report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Polaris Institute.

The study’s original, integrated analysis shows that the current bitumen path is creating the double threat: a “staples trap,” whereby the faster Canada exports its bitumen, the less diversified, productive and resilient the economy becomes;” and a “carbon trap,” which locks Canada into an carbon dependent development path, making the costs of future climate adaptation much more difficult.

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New report shows path to better oilsands, climate accountability for Alberta and Canada

By: Pembina Institute | Feb 25, 2013:

Pembina Institute Carbon Pricing ApproachesEDMONTON — As Canada faces increasing scrutiny of its weak climate change policy for oilsands development, a new report illustrates how both Alberta and the federal government can better manage emissions and improve the country’s international reputation.

The new Pembina Institute report, Carbon Pricing Approaches in Oil and Gas Producing Jurisdictionscompares climate change policy approaches in Alberta, British Columbia, California, Australia, Norway and the European Union. For each policy, the assessment looks at the incentive to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (measured in dollars per tonne), the percentage of emissions receiving that incentive, and other metrics.

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