A Simple Fact about the Tar Sands!

The tar sands (referred to as “oil sands” by the petroleum industry) are a thick mixture of bitumen and sand/clay.  This mixture is extracted from beneath forests covering over 140,000 square kilometres of North-Eastern Alberta, an area roughly the size of Scotland. For more about the Tar Sands we recommend these recent commentaries: Storm Trooper from Bay Street! …

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Norwegian Grandparents don’t give up!

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORWEGIAN GRANDPARENTS CLIMATE CAMPAIGN Norwegian Grandparents have spearheaded a demand from 28 Norwegian organizations and political parties that Statoil must withdraw from its participation in the Canadian tar sands. Halfdan Wiik, the leader of the Norwegian Grandparents Climate Campaign, explained: “Grandparents cannot accept that our grandchildren shall inherit an unsustainable world, plagued by …

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Resource Curse or Dutch Disease aka “Petrodollars”

 Many discussions of the impact of oil discovery and exploitation focus on the Dutch Disease. Simply put, the economic benefits of a large oil discovery may be muted by the repercussions that can impact an economy. For example, the production of oil may attract domestic resources, such as finance and labour, with a consequent negative impact on …

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News from Norway!

Halfdan Wik of the Grandparents Climate Campaign (Norway) writes: We have really appreciated our contacts with Canadian grandparents, and are still hoping we can spread the message to new countries. It’s my firm conviction that grandparents have an important political role to play. A few days ago I received James Hansen’s newsletter, and read his statement about …

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