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Canadian Rocker Neil Young Blasts Stephen Harper, Alberta Tar Sands

Canadian rock legend Neil Young has blasted the Harper government for “trading integrity” in its single-minded appetite for Alberta tar sands dollars.

via Canadian Rocker Neil Young Blasts Stephen Harper, Alberta Tar Sands.

Keystone XL Pipeline Lobbyists Have Deep Ties to White House

By: Pratap Chatterjee

Keystone Pipeline Handout

Keystone Pipeline Handout

TransCanada and the provincial government of Alberta are paying former advisors to the Obama administration – as well as former staff of the Hillary Clinton and John Kerry presidential campaigns – to help them lobby for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands fuel to the U.S.

The pipeline from Alberta – which is to be built by TransCanada – has been delayed for over four years pending approval from the U.S. State Department which has final say because it crosses the international border. President Barack Obama is expected to announce a decision this fall in consultation with John Kerry, who took over the State Department earlier this year from Hilary Clinton.

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Stephen Harper’s fate is in the pipeline

Source: iPolitics

Moudakis August 10 2012While the Senate seizes the spotlight in Ottawa, another threat to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s agenda is unfolding in capitals on opposite coasts. In both Victoria and Washington D.C., governments are weighing in on the future of oil pipelines which hold the key to Western Canada’s economic and political destiny — and that of the federal Conservative party.

The two fronts are related, as the inability to control one could jeopardize the achievement of the other by torpedoing the Conservatives’ ambitions to displace the center of political power in Canada.

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First Nation demands resignation of Alberta Energy Regulator chair, ex-Big Oil exec Gerry Protti

I Stand With ACFNBy: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is demanding the resignation of Gerry Protti, the newly-appointed chair of Alberta Energy Regulator, a new agency charged with monitoring environmental issues. The ACFN is concerned that, under Protti’s leadership, the agency will prioritize advancing the interests of the oil, gas and coal industries, while compromising environmental protection and First Nations issues.

“How can Gerry Protti be diligent to First Nations concerns and uphold treaty rights when he clearly has no previous experience engaging First Nations and still has such strong industry ties?” said the ACFN in a press release.

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Undiluted test samples of Suncor waste-water lethal to fish: Alberta

Source: Globe and Mail

Suncor Energy Inc.The toxic water spilled by Suncor Energy Inc. into the Athabasca River would have killed aquatic life if it had been undiluted, according to the Alberta government.

The province on Friday provided a glimpse into its investigation of the March 25 spill, saying the samples of the company’s undiluted industrial waste-water were lethal to fingerling rainbow trout. These water samples, however, are not comparable to the fluid that poured into the river because they do not account for dilution. Alberta is still investigating whether diluted samples are harmful.

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Canada’s tar sands cannot enhance U.S. energy security

By: Obert Madondo The Canadian Progressive:

Alberta Tar SandsThe Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and oil executives have consistently claimed that the dirty Alberta tar sands oil, the Canadian petro state and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline are a boon to U.S. energy security. Here are seven reasons why this isn’t the case:

1. Tar sands cannot break the power of OPEC. The oil cartel, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), controls the world market for oil, and this will remain true with or without tar sands. The International Energy Agency forecasts show that OPEC’s share of the market is set to increase with or without tar sands growth. Even if the United States were to greatly increase its consumption of tar sands oil, it would not change the dynamic of the market or challenge OPEC control.

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New York Times: The Tar Sands Disaster

Source: New York Times

IF President Obama blocks the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all, he’ll do Canada a favor.

Canada’s tar sands formations, landlocked in northern Alberta, are a giant reserve of carbon-saturated energy — a mixture of sand, clay and a viscous low-grade petroleum called bitumen. Pipelines are the best way to get this resource to market, but existing pipelines to the United States are almost full. So tar sands companies, and the Alberta and Canadian governments, are desperately searching for export routes via new pipelines.

Canadians don’t universally support construction of the pipeline. A poll by Nanos Research in February 2012 found that nearly 42 percent of Canadians were opposed. Many of us, in fact, want to see the tar sands industry wound down and eventually stopped, even though it pumps tens of billions of dollars annually into our economy.

The most obvious reason is that tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles.

Read full story on the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/opinion/the-tar-sands-disaster.html?_r=0