Alberta leads!

In the months to come all Canadians will appreciate the importance of what the Alberta Government did today.   We are referring to Alberta’s announcement of new climate change policies such as:  a cap on tar sands emissions and setting a price on carbon. Read the Alberta Government web page entitled ” Climate Leadership   … Read more

The end of one battle and the beginning of the next!  

Approval of Keystone would have been a great setback.  So 4RG appreciates the support of the campaign against Keystone from other countries, particularly from Norwegian grandparents. Yet there is much more to be done.  If the next US President is a Republican, the rejection of Keystone could be overturned So President Obama’s rejection of Keystone … Read more

More Bad news for the oil patch!

Earlier this year we noted that Saudi Arabia was acting like any business – maximizing its production and revenues as against other large oil-exportering nations. In advance of the 2015 December meeting of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), Saudi confirmed that it will not scale back its production.  Saudi has noted that its … Read more

A Climate Change Skirmish

Linda McQuaig, the NDP candidate for the riding of Toronto Center, said that if Canada is to meet its climate change targets, “a lot of the oil sands oil may have to stay in the ground.” Stephen Harper immediately responded by accusing the NDP of having a “not-so-hidden” agenda against the development of Canada’s natural … Read more

Lessons from Beverly Hills

What does Beverly Hills have in common with the tar sands?  Simple:  both are experiencing a shortage of water needed to maintain “their lifestyle”. In  the case of Beverly Hills the consequences are not that serious.  Natural green lawns are disappearing, but ultimately these attractive yards can be replaced with Astroturf. For tar sands, the … Read more

Social Licence

Jeffrey Simpson, one of our favourite columnists, criticized aboriginals and environmentalists for tying up approvals for major pipeline projects.  He rejects their use of “social licence” objections as irrelevant to the process for the approval of these projects. He suggests that social licence encourages critics to believe that they decide what project “should proceed, when … Read more

Having your cake and Eating it too!

Provincial Premiers meeting today as the Council of the Federation hope to hammer out a national energy strategy. According to a leaked draft report the Premiers are considering a policy that favours pipelines and their supporting infrastructure to deliver Alberta crude (including Tar Sands bitumen) to international markets. A necessary consequence of a pro-pipeline strategy  is that … Read more

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