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Oil sands among riskiest energy plays in the world: report
Riskiest Oil Projects Are in Canada

A study by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) highlighted 20 of the biggest projects around the world that need a minimum oil price of US$95 per barrel to be economically viable.

Here are the nine riskiest Canadian oil extraction projects listed by CTI.

ConocoPhillips’ Foster Creek oilsands mine

ConocoPhillips plans oilsands expansion
Construction to start this year

Shell’s Carmon Creek oilsands mine

Shell’s Carmon Creek oilsands project gets green light

ConocoPhillips’ and Total’s Surmont oilsands mine

Conoco, Total to expand oil sands project

Exxon’s Aspen oil sands mine

Exxon’s Kearl oil sands mine

Imperial to start selling crude from Kearl oil sands project

ConocoPhillips’ Christina Lake oilsands mine

BP’s Sunrise oilsands mine

Chevron and ConocoPhillips’ Amauligak Arctic Drilling Project

Chevron and Shell’s Athabasca oilsands mine

Clean enough for California? The promise of steam-assisted gravity drainage in the oil sands

Oil sands, deepwater among riskiest energy plays in the world, report says

Deeper Than Deepwater: Shell Plans World’s Riskiest Offshore Well
Ignoring risks, Shell gears up for production of world’s deepest offshore well


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TransCanada Buys Town’s Silence On Tar Sands Pipeline Proposal For $28K
A small town in Ontario, Canada will be receiving $28,200 from energy company TransCanada Corp. in exchange for not commenting on the company’s proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline project, according to an agreement attached to the town council’s meeting agenda on June 23.

Under the terms of deal, the town of Mattawa will “not publicly comment on TransCanada’s operations or business projects” for five years. In exchange for that silence, TransCanada will give Mattawa $28,200, which will ultimately go towards buying a rescue truck for the town.


Tar Sands Greenwash: Buying Ads is Easy

Tar Sands Greenwash: Good News, Bad News

Tar Sands Greenwash: Greenwash 2.0


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Celebs vs Tar SANDS 1

Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford recently added his name to the list of prominent individuals who are calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
Robert Redford: Tar Sands Oil Is Killing Our Planet – NRDC

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Mark Ruffalo Supports The Tar Sands Action

Mark Ruffalo said : “I’ve seen the kind of damage that out-of-control energy development can do to water and to communities near my own home, where fracking for natural gas is causing widespread pollution … All these problems are connected — we need to get off fossil fuels.”

“The world is already leaving us behind. We’re being left behind. America. Because the gas and oil industry has a strangle hold on us. And our politicians.”

Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben has expressed strong disapproval for the planned Keystone XL pipeline. In fact, he was one of the first of over 1,200 who were arrested at the Tar Sands Action sit-in at the White House in August.
Bill McKibben: On Sept. 21st, Draw the Line on Keystone XL

Bill McKibben on Fight Against Keystone XL, Fossil Fuel Divestment and Obama’s Failures on Climate


Bill McKibben : “The people who’ve carried this fight for three years are indigenous people on both sides of the border who have a huge stake in it because it’s on their land, and farmers and ranchers from places like Nebraska … It wasn’t until I sat down and read Jim Hansen’s analysis of how much carbon was in those things that I understood that this was not just a national issue, it’s a global issue of the first order.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: See You at the White House!

Dreyfus recalls when Obama said “Let us be the generation that ends the tyranny of oil.” But she says, “Big Oil is still pretty much running the show.” She claims that by rejecting the pipeline, Obama has a chance to “make good on [his] word.”

Louis-Dreyfus asks Obama, “Denying the permit for a brutally stupid, money-grab like the Keystone XL pipeline is a no-brainer, right Mr President?”

Actress Daryl Hannah has also lent her voice to the movement against the Keystone XL pipeline.

In August, Hannah was one of the over 1,200 people to be arrested as an act of civil disobedience in front of the White House. Shouting “no to the Keystone pipeline” as she was handcuffed, Hannah made it clear she opposed the proposed Canada to Texas pipeline

Daryl Hannah: Why I Joined the Tar Sands Action


Maude Barlow,   The Council of Canadians

Maude Barlow, a Canadian author and activist and chairperson of The Council of Canadians, was arrested in September at a Keystone pipeline and oil sands protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

She was one of over 100 protesters of the demonstration’s estimated 400 to be arrested.

Barlow blogged, “I did it because I fear we are killing the planet and I can no longer be content to only write and speak about it. Today my feet spoke for me as I crossed that barricade and took away one more fear in my life.”

She also said, “By investing trillions of dollars into these pipelines, governments and the energy industry are ensuring the continued rapid acceleration of tar sands development, instead of supporting a process to move to an alternative and sustainable energy system.”

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians

Kyra Sedgwick said: “Just like the BP oil spill, one glitch in the tar sands pipeline could destroy our clean water sources, possibly forever.”

Kyra Sedgwick Urges the President to Reject the Tar Sands Pipeline


David Strathairn: Join the Fight Against Keystone XL


David Strathairn said: “Obama ran for office speaking of the dangers of our fossil fuel addiction, promising to fight climate change and fully embrace a clean energy future. The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a dangerous step away from that commitment.”


“As a Canadian citizen, I am concerned that this government is not acting within the advice of science.”
~ Neil Young

“Science cannot be ignored as inconvenient and that’s what today’s leader’s are doing,” said Neil Young as he tore into the federal government and Alberta’s oilsands.

Neil Young: “Canada is trading integrity for money”

Fort McMurray tunes out Neil Young after he blasts oilsands

Oilsands = Hiroshima?? Neil, This Note’s For You

Neil Young at National Farmers Union Press Conference

CBC News – Neil Young on Fort McMurray


Neil Young on being political on Q

Neil Young on being political on Q
In this clip from his feature interview with Jian Ghomeshi, Neil Young talks about where one should draw the line between being an artist and being an activist, or whether there should be a line at all.


Neil Young Blasts Harper Government For Allowing Oilsands Development

Neil Young Benefit Tour Inspires Ex-Oilsands Worker

Neil Young responds to criticism from Prime Minister’s Office





Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn’t Seem to Care)


As Marsden describes it, the industry is so damaging and irrational that you’d think someone would slam the brakes.

Instead, projects are rubber-stamped and supported with generous tax breaks and lax oversight. Through the stories of families sickened or financially devastated by polluted water or air, Marsden describes how the government and regulators ignore victims and trample opponents.

In fact, he says, the oil sands, combined with Alberta’s growing mania for extracting natural gas from coal seams by injecting toxic chemicals into the ground – thereby poisoning some of the dwindling supply of drinking water – threaten to create a parched, deforested, polluted wasteland. “At the end of the day you will have a pot of gold with no place to live.”

“Why are Albertans so stupid?” William Marsden asks in his provocative new book


This needs to be on every front page of every Canadian News outlet!!

Silence of the Labs – the fifth estate – CBC News


How the Harper Government Committed a Knowledge Massacre

Scientists are calling it “libricide.” Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans [DFO] libraries were closed by autumn 2013, ostensibly to digitize the materials and reduce costs. But sources told the independent Tyee in December that a fraction of the 600,000-volume collection had been digitized. And, a secret federal document notes that a paltry $443,000 a year will be saved. The massacre was done quickly, with no record keeping and no attempt to preserve the material in universities. Scientists said precious collections were consigned to dumpsters, were burned or went to landfills.

New York Times criticizes Harper government’s alleged muzzling of scientists to protect oil sands
The New York Times editorial board is taking the Harper government to task for allegedly silencing publicly funded scientists, a strategy the Times says is designed to ensure oil sands production proceeds quietly.

NY Times: Silencing Scientists
Over the last few years, the government of Canada — led by Stephen Harper — has made it harder and harder for publicly financed scientists to communicate with the public and with other scientists.

It began badly enough in 2008 when scientists working for Environment Canada, the federal agency, were told to refer all queries to departmental communications officers. Now the government is doing all it can to monitor and restrict the flow of scientific information, especially concerning research into climate change, fisheries and anything to do with the Alberta tar sands

New York Times Editorial Board: Harper Conservatives Aim To ‘Guarantee Public Ignorance’

“This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance.”

“It is also designed to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the northern resource rush — the feverish effort to mine the earth and the ocean with little regard for environmental consequences. The Harper policy seems designed to make sure that the tar sands project proceeds quietly, with no surprises, no bad news, no alarms from government scientists. To all the other kinds of pollution the tar sands will yield, we must now add another: the degradation of vital streams of research and information.”

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Stephen Harper’s 13 Fails of 2013