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Good idea for Canada? Norway's oil and gas revenues have provided Norwegians with $550 billion pension fund
Norway's oil and gas industry revenues have provided the country with a $550 billion pension fund. Why isn't Canada following their lead?
Mar 21st, 2012
Canadian environmental advocates testify at U.S. Congress oil sands hearing
After U.S. congress hearings on the oil sands industry’s environmental performance, Pembina policy director Simon Dyer and Greenpeace campaigner Melina Laboucan-Massimo shared their views with VO.
Mar 20th, 2012
Alberta blasted over rejection of First Nations oil sands refinery proposal
Alberta’s rejection of a proposal for a First Nations-run oil sands refinery has critics up in arms, citing racism and “backroom” dealings. But Alberta Energy says it’s all about business.
Mar 19th, 2012
Enviro Minister, tar sands producers, and energy execs call for less regulation of industry
Speaking at the GLOBE Conference, Environment Minister Peter Kent defended Canada's Kyoto pullout and stressed “efficiency” in the bid to modernize environmental assessment processes.
Mar 15th, 2012
Enviro Minister coy about Conservatives' use of American strategists to snag majority, criticizes green charities
Tory environment minister Peter Kent was quick to criticize green foundations, but was coy about Conservative's use of American firms to get elected last May.
Mar 15th, 2012
Senator defends Harper Tories' attack on the charitable sector, as green leaders deconstruct it
After Conservative senators labeled environmental organizations as "anti-Canadian" and asked if they would accept money from the Taliban, environmental organizations hit back.
Mar 14th, 2012
Tar sands vs. entire nations
Which is larger: potential tar sands emissions or all the past emissions from China? From India? From 150 nations combined? New chart says...
Mar 12th, 2012
Harper’s Canada: An environmental policy fact sheet
Part two of our series outlining key events and current issues in Canadian politics. Here’s how our environmental policy is shaping the political narrative, both at home and abroad.
Mar 9th, 2012
“Dirty Oil Diplomacy” report sheds light on international oil sands advocacy
As the U.S. Senate quashes Keystone XL, a new report released by Climate Action Network breaks down efforts from big oil and government to sell the tar sands—both at home and abroad.
Mar 8th, 2012
At oil sands film screening, panelists call on B.C. to refuse pipeline
A panel of pipeline opponents address key oilsands-related concerns between screenings of David Lavallee's feature documentary, "White Water, Black Gold".
Mar 8th, 2012