Energy minister names committee to guide carbon capture in Alberta March 11, 2011
CALGARY - Alberta's energy minister says the "world is watching" the province's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases by capturing carbon dioxide and pumping it underground.
Ron Liepert announced a six-member panel Friday to develop a plan for when the fledgling carbon capture and storage industry becomes commercially viable. The committee will detail the technology's environmental and safety aspects. It is to report back to Liepert in the fall of 2012.
General Electric had a tax benefit of $3.2 billion. This same article also pointed out that despite their continually diminishing tax liability since the 1990's, GE has laid off one-fifth of their American workers since 2002.
Since over half of GE's revenue is derived from financial services, it is arguably a financial company with a manufacturing arm. It is also one of the largest lenders in countries other than the United States.
They are the fourth-largest corporate producer of air & water pollution in the United States, with more than 4.4 million pounds per year (2,000 Tonnes) of toxic chemicals released into the air. GE has also been implicated in the creation of toxic waste. According to EPA documents, only the United States Government, Honeywell, and Chevron Corporation are responsible for producing more Superfund toxic waste sites.
GE has designed 91 nuclear power plants in 11 countries, yet its nuclear reactors around the world have a fatal flaw. In the event of a nuclear meltdown, there is a 90 percent chance that radiation from GE-designed reactors would be discharged directly into the atmosphere. While the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is aware of the problem, it continues to license GE nuclear reactors.
Rare dinosaur found in Canada's oil sands Updated on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 11:08
Toronto: The Canadian oil sands, a vast expanse of tar and sand being mined for crude oil, yielded treasure of another kind this week when an oil company worker unearthed a 110-million-year-old dinosaur fossil that wasn't supposed to be there.
The fossil is an ankylosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur with powerful limbs, armor plating and a club-like tail. Finding it in this region of northern Alberta was a surprise because millions of years ago the area was covered by water.
Controversial TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Criticized By U.S. Farmers and Mayors 30 March 11
A new policy adopted by the US National Farmers Union slams the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would pump bitumen from the Athabasca tar sands in Alberta thousands of miles across America's farm belt to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas. The Nebraska Farmers Union notes:
"The proposed route of the 1,980-mile pipeline would slice through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. It would cross the Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska - source of 30 percent of the nation's agricultural water and drinking water for millions - with a pipeline carrying diluted bitumen, a thick, heavy, corrosive and toxic form of crude oil associated with pipeline ruptures at 16 times the rate of conventional crude."
Foundation problems behind condo evacuation Updated: Sun Mar. 13 2011 17:03:31
Severe squashing of the floor joists in seven Fort McMurray condo buildings is the reason 168 units were evacuated around 11:30 p.m. Friday, says the complex's property manager.
Lorna MacNeil tells CTV an engineer returned to the Penhorwood buildings for some follow-up inspection after a survey done in March 2009. The inspection in January 2011 showed signs of rapid deterioration in the complex's foundation.
"What they had found was some of the TJI floor joists were crushed, some joists weren't lining up underneath the building with the foundation entirely."
RCMP break up drug trafficking groups Posted 1 month ago Wood Buffalo RCMP dealt a major blow to organized crime last week, after several high profile drug-busts netted charges against six people, disrupting operations of what police believe to be four separate organizations that may have ties to other municipalities such as Edmonton. www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2974729
Post by just not that into you on Apr 12, 2011 19:11:25 GMT -8
No, this is an election issue. It's an everyday issue. Why not. (It's not a sacred cow.) Renewable energy, please. (It's not 1952.) And sneaking details from legislation to... regulation is not... a good idea. Green rooftops, please.
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Stelmach warns federal leaders: back off oilsands Last Updated: April 11, 2011 11:09pm
After days of political volleys targeting Alberta’s bitumen-rich northern lands, Premier Ed Stelmach launched his own at campaigning federal leaders: Hands off our oilsands.
In an open letter to Canadians, Stelmach warned federal party leaders against using Alberta’s economic lifeblood when making campaign promises that could kill Canadian jobs and threaten the nation’s fragile economic stability.
Last week, Forbes magazine published what the top U.S. corporations paid in taxes last year. “Most egregious,” Forbes notes, is General Electric, which “generated $10.3 billion in pretax income, but ended up owing nothing to Uncle Sam. In fact, it recorded a tax benefit of $1.1 billion.” Big Oil giant Exxon Mobil, which last year reported a record $45.2 billion profit, paid the most taxes of any corporation, but none of it went to the IRS:
Exxon tries to limit the tax pain with the help of 20 wholly owned subsidiaries domiciled in the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands that (legally) shelter the cash flow from operations in the likes of Angola, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi. No wonder that of $15 billion in income taxes last year, Exxon paid none of it to Uncle Sam, and has tens of billions in earnings permanently reinvested overseas.
Lawsuit aims to block oilsands equipment delivery April 4, 2011
Montana county against oversized loads on its roads
It's not about the tarsands or oilsands - it's about the pipeline.
2011 Montana Legislature Additional Bill Links PDF (with line numbers) HOUSE BILL NO. 549 INTRODUCED BY J. READ
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT STATING MONTANA'S POSITION ON GLOBAL WARMING; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Public policy concerning global warming. (1) The legislature finds that to ensure economic development in Montana and the appropriate management of Montana's natural resources it is necessary to adopt a public policy regarding global warming.
(2) The legislature finds: - global warming is beneficial to the welfare and business climate of Montana; reasonable amounts of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere have no verifiable impacts on the environment; and - global warming is a natural occurrence and human activity has not accelerated it.
(3) For the purposes of this section, "global warming " relates to an increase in the average temperature of the earths surface. It does not include a one-time, catastrophic release of carbon dioxide.
As background information, Joe Read assumed office on January 3, 2011 taking over from incumbent Frosty Calf Boss Ribs after defeating the Democrat candidate in a very close 1180 to 1108 vote split. Mr. Read is a 55 year old farmer and emergency firefighter who, apparently, did not consult any climate scientists before proposing his bill.
Bill 10 was supposed to resolve concerns landowners had over the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, but a funny thing happened on its way through the legislature.
Conservative house leader Dave Hancock moved Tuesday to invoke closure on the bill that was meant to fix the problems with the contentious previous bill.
Debate on the Alberta Land Stewardship Amendment Act is now limited to five hours.
Wildrose Alliance Leader Danielle Smith says the Conservatives appear to be making the same mistake twice. She says they squelched debate on the first bill -which resulted in it being flawed -and are now doing it again.
Yedlin: Harper win seen as good news for oilpatch May 4, 2011
"As good a result as we could hope for because a Liberal/NDP alliance would have likely meant more taxes and environmental rules," said a longtime energy insider, expressing hope that there would also be changes on the regulatory front to avoid another failed process such as what befell the Mackenzie Valley pipeline.
Native groups protest Enbridge pipeline May 11, 2011
“We were not there to negotiate,” said Chief Jackie Thomas, of the Saik’uz First Nation. “We were there to deliver a message that this project does not have our consent. We asked them to look in good conscious conscience at this project and how it would affect us, and we told them what those effects were.”
A spill on the pipeline, which would stretch from Bruderheim, Alberta to a marine terminal in Kitimat, B.C., could destroy the waterways, fish and fauna critical to Aboriginal livelihood and culture, Thomas said.
Aboriginal and environmental groups have fiercely opposed the Northern Gateway project for years, with the disastrous BP oil spill off the U.S. Gulf Coast heightening calls to legislate a ban on tanker traffic on the northern B.C. coast.
Enbridge chief executive Pat Daniel has promoted the pipeline as being in the national interest as it will open markets in Asia for Canadian oil currently landlocked and captive to markets in the United States.
Earlier Wednesday, he expressed optimism that Ottawa agreed with the company’s vision.
“The Conservative government has understood the very important strategic value of Gateway to this country and we’re very appreciative of that and we would hope to continue to win their support by showing that we can safely and effectively develop the Gateway pipeline project,” Daniel told analysts during a conference call Wednesday morning.
24 March 11 Koch Brothers Set Up Shop in Tar Sands Territory
According to Sourcewatch, the domain name for CCRES was registered in September 2002, just a week before its first media events by National Public Relations, Canada's largest PR agency and an affiliate of Burson-Marsteller. Grassroots indeed. The group worked hard to persuade Canadians that Kyoto was a bad idea and instead promoted a "made in Canada" solution.
CCRES made the spurious claim that if Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol, Canadians would suffer as businesses and individuals were forced to pay out of pocket for exceeding Kyoto's aggressive targets. CCRES argued that, "This transfer of wealth could instead by spent in Canada, developing technologies that fight greenhouse gases and that can be sold around the world."
Their tired argument that investing in a clean energy future would be costly, burdensome, and would drive up the cost of energy prices and manufactured goods was plain wrong. They were not looking for "made in Canada" solutions: they were looking to delay action towards real solutions in order to prolong their dirty energy profits on the backs of Canadians.
The North American-Made Energy Security Act Saturday, May 21, 2011
The Republicans on the US House Energy and Commerce Committee have drafted a "North American-Made Energy Security Act" - legislation which would ensure swift approval of the proposed $7-billion 2,000-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to the Texas gulf coast, doubling tarsands exports to the US to over a million barrels of oil a day .
"The draft legislation requires the president to issue a Presidential Permit decision no later than November 1, 2011."
An interesting thing about that House Energy and Commerce Committee :
LA Times, Feb 6, 2011: Koch brothers now at heart of GOP power
"David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washington's political establishment, isolated by their uncompromising conservatism. Instead, they are now at the center of Republican power, a change most evident in the new makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Wichita-based Koch Industries and its employees formed the largest single oil and gas donor to members of the panel, ahead of giants like Exxon Mobil ...
Reuters : Koch Brothers Positioned To Be Big Winners If Keystone XL Pipeline Is Approved
A Koch Industries operation in Calgary, Alberta, called Flint Hills Resources Canada LP, supplies about 250,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day to a heavy oil refinery in Minnesota, also owned by the Koch brothers.
Flint Hills Resources Canada also operates a crude oil terminal in Hardisty, Alberta, the starting point of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The company's website says it is "among Canada's largest crude oil purchasers, shippers and exporters."
Fun fact : "Koch Industries has had 300 oil spills (mostly from pipelines) in six states over a seven-year period."
Speaking at the White House presser in February, Stephen Harper plumped for the pipeline :
"Canada is the largest, the most secure, the most stable and the friendliest supplier of that most vital of all America's purchases: energy."
and tomorrow a TransCanada exec will address the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee in support of the pipeline.
House GOP to press for Keystone XL pipeline on Monday May 20, 2011. TransCanada executive, Alex Pourbaix, Alberta’s former envoy to Washington, DC, Murray Smith, and the chairman of Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board, Dan McFadyen, will be among the witnesses at a hearing scheduled for Monday at which House Republicans will make the case for swift approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that is going through a State Dept. approval process and has drawn opposition from environmentalists. www.bilateralist.com/2011/05/20/743/
Post by oops a daisy on May 30, 2011 23:13:30 GMT -8
Oilsands emissions data left out of UN report May 30, 2011
Federal government admits deliberately leaving numbers out that indicate pollution from oilsands production outstrips auto emissions
The federal government has acknowledged that it deliberately excluded data indicating a 20 per cent increase in pollution from Canada's oilsands industry in 2009 from a recent 567-page report on climate change that it was required to submit to the United Nations.
The numbers, uncovered by Postmedia News, were left out of the report, a national inventory on Canada's greenhouse gas pollution. Overall, the report revealed a six per cent drop in annual emissions for the entire economy from 2008 to 2009, but does not directly show the extent of pollution from the oilsands production, which is now greater than the greenhouse gas emissions of all the cars driven on Canadian roads.
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Dec 13, 2013 18:04:49 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:07:32 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:22:51 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:24:23 GMT -8
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Dec 13, 2013 18:26:34 GMT -8
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