A new series of posters touting the ethical nature of the oil sands guides our public debate toward the gutter
The problem with Alykhan Velshi’s posters touting the ethical nature of the oil sands isn’t their naked appeal to emotions, nor their utter simplification of the world into good and bad, nor even the logical fallacy that underlies them (this is better than that, ergo it’s ethical). No, the problem is that they’re propaganda, pure and simple, and if we rely on propaganda to inform our debates and our public policy, we’re in trouble.
Velshi, the former communications manager for federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenny, has taken over the ethicaloil.org website from Ezra Levant and is running with it. He has made it his mission to counter the misinformation that is coming out of oil-sands opponents with misinformation of his own.
Statoil pleads guilty to Alberta water charg Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:39pm GMT
CALGARY, Alberta Aug 17 (Reuters) - Statoil (STL.OL: Quote) pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges in Alberta related to water use at its oil sands project and is working with prosecutors on a "creative sentencing" plan, the company said.
The Norwegian oil producer will appear again in an Edmonton courtroom on Nov. 21 for sentencing, Statoil spokesman Peter Symons said.
Alberta's environment ministry charged Statoil in February with 19 counts related to contravening its water license and providing false and misleading information regarding water withdrawals at its facility near Conklin, in northeastern Alberta, in 2008 and 2009.
“If the pipeline is to be built, you as president have to declare that it is ‘in the national interest.’ As scientists, speaking for ourselves and not for any of our institutions, we can say categorically that it’s not only not in the national interest, it’s also not in the planet’s best interest.”
Letter The Keystone XL Pipeline Published: August 29, 2011
To the Editor:
You published three editorials about the Keystone XL pipeline (“Tar Sands and the Carbon Numbers,” Aug. 22; “Wrong Pipeline, Wrong Assessment,” July 21; “No to a New Tar Sands Pipeline,” April 3) that did not mention the findings of a United States Energy Department study that concluded that construction of the pipeline is necessary to replace the declining imports of heavy crude from Venezuela and Mexico...
GARY DOER Ambassador of Canada Washington, Aug. 29, 2011
Campbell to defend oilsands as envoy in U.K. August 17, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper named the ex-Liberal leader as high commissioner to the United Kingdom, making him one of the key Canadian diplomatic players promoting Canada-Europe free trade and opposing alleged European discrimination against Canada’s oilsands industry.
Tar Sands Promoters Turn to Oprah Fans for Support Wed Aug. 31, 2011 7:53 AM PDT
The promoters of the Canadian oil industry are now resorting to appeals to "women's liberation" to promote tar sands oil. A group calling itself "Ethical Oil" is running ads on the Oprah Winfrey Network asking women to support extracting and exporting oil from the tar sands as a means of protecting women in Saudi Arabia.
Caribou in Alberta's Oil Sands Stressed by Human Activity, Not Wolves, Research Suggests
ScienceDaily (June 22, 2011) — Caribou have been dwindling in Alberta for several decades and some scientists believe they could be gone entirely in 70 years. In the area of the petroleum-rich Athabasca Oil Sands in the northern part of the Canadian province, some say they could disappear in as little as 30 years. Efforts have begun to remove wolves from parts of Alberta to reduce caribou predation, but new research suggests that human activity related to oil production and the timber industry could be more important than wolves in the caribou population decline.
2011-08-18 AWA News Release: Alberta’s Woodland Caribou in Peril. Newly-revealed Documents Show Scientists Trying to Sound the Alarm
The plight of Alberta’s woodland caribou has become so desperate that Alberta government scientists are recommending that the species be downgraded from a threatened species to an endangered species, according to newly‐released documents. Although the province’s scientific Subcommittee recommended the downgrading nearly a year ago, still the government is failing to act.
This is one of the significant findings recently revealed in documents received by Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) through an application under Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) legislation. The newly-revealed documents show considerable friction between the multi-stakeholder Endangered Species Conservation Committee (ESCC) and its own Scientific Subcommittee.
Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Boreal population (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Canada
Woodland Caribou, Boreal population was listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) as Threatened in 2003. The Minister of the Environment is a competent federal minister for the recovery of Woodland Caribou, Boreal population and has prepared this strategy, as per section 37 of SARA. Information provided by the applicable provinces and territories, the Parks Canada Agency, wildlife management boards, Aboriginal organizations, and stakeholders was used in the development of the National Recovery Strategy.
Nebraska Landowners vs. TransCanada's Pipeline Nebraskans say a Canadian oil pipeline poses unacceptable risks September 01, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT
The 20,000 miles of pipes that carry oil and gas across Nebraska’s open prairies don’t bother Randy Thompson at all. Neither do greenhouse gas emissions or oil geopolitics.
Yet the 63-year-old, Republican-voting rancher and other Nebraska landowners have begun to kick up a lot of dust over the Keystone XL, a 1,711-mile pipeline that, if built, will cut across Nebraska’s heartland as it funnels oil from the Athabasca sands of Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries. They worry that the project, on which Calgary-based TransCanada (TRP) has staked much of its future, might damage the Sand Hills region, a huge wetland where an aquifer often runs just a few feet below the surface. The water in the Sand Hills is essential to many ranches and farms, and Thompson says the Keystone XL could do severe damage to this ecosystem. “You’re talking about potentially ruining people’s lives,” he says.
Part of the Keystone pipeline (solid line) is already working. Construction on Keystone XL (red dotted line) is supposed to start soon so oil can flow to the Gulf
Nebraska governor opposed Keystone XL pipeline 09.01.11 Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, has come out publicly in opposition to the approval of the Keystone XL project, which would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of the United States by going through his home state. michiganmessenger.com/52171/nebraska-governor-opposed-keystone-xl-pipeline
(The Minister of the Environment, Peter Kent, must be aware that moose are not even native to Newfoundland and Labrador.)
Canada must be ready before Arctic drilling: report Sep 09, 2011. CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Canada should strengthen its capability to handle Arctic oil spills before it allows deepwater drilling in its Arctic waters and it should continue to insist on stringent relief-well requirements, a study released on Friday said. af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFN1E7871R420110909
With rising temperatures, Arctic waters are ice-free for longer periods in the summer, making oil exploration and drilling easier. But there is little ability to cope with an oil spill should one occur and the report urges regulators to put stringent standards in place before drillers rush north.
"We want to ensure that the system is ready for the economic benefits as well as the environmental and Inuit concerns that will be on the other side of those benefits," said Louie Porta, an Arctic science and policy analyst at Oceans North Canada and one of the report's authors. "We should take the opportunity to get it right from the beginning."
Oil sands protesters are job-killing ‘extremists’: Tory MP Last Updated: Sep 26, 2011 7:28 PM ET
The broadside came during a long day of protest against the federal government’s support for the oil sands industry, and in particular for TransCanada Corp.’s $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico and Enbridge Inc.’s $5.5-billion pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C.
Keystone XL foes see collusion in emails with State Department 4:57 AM, Oct. 4, 2011
HELENA — Emails obtained by an environmental group opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline appear to show a cozy relationship between TransCanada's top lobbyist and a staffer in the U.S. State Department, the agency charged with deciding whether to permit the $7 billion project.
The documents also indicate that TransCanada intends to reapply to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to operate the Keystone XL at higher pressures than current federal standards allow once the company has received a presidential permit to build the international pipeline.
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