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How Anti-Keystone Activists Plan to Solve Climate Change

Tyee: North America's vast carbon emissions -- and the pressing need to limit them -- are invigorating a cultural debate among those who advocate urgent change. At its heart are profound disagreements over efforts to block the Keystone XL pipeline. Last week The Tyee reported on those who worry the anti-pipeline fight led by author and activist Bill McKibben is polarizing, distracting and ultimately unhelpful as a climate change solution. After that story ran, The Tyee spoke at length with Phil Aroneanu,...

On oil sands, Ottawa’s not hearing what Alberta’s saying

Tyee: On Sept. 11, 2009, Stephen Harper's then-environment minister Jim Prentice called on his counterpart in Alberta, Rob Renner, and then-premier Ed Stelmach. Prentice intended to pitch the province on the federal government's plan to control Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. It wasn't going to be an easy sell. Ottawa planned to place clear limits on Canada's carbon emissions. Companies unable to meet those limits would need to buy credits from companies that exceeded their requirements. This...

Canada: Could Financial Might Backing Oil Sands Shift to Renewables?

Tyee: Let's picture an oil company CEO sound asleep, Steve Kretzmann tells me. All of a sudden he or she bolts awake with a terrible realization. The environmentalists aren't just a bunch of long-haired crazies, the CEO now realizes. Climate change is killing the planet. He or she storms into the oil company's board room that morning, demanding a radical shift in corporate policy. No more money for oil exploration, the CEO orders, and billions to be redirected for renewables. Soon, the company's stock...

Canada: US Tea Party’s deep ties to oil sands giant

Tyee: The Tea Party movement, poised to help shift the U.S. legislature to the right and stymie President Obama's green agenda, has financial and organizational ties to Koch Industries, one of America's biggest processors of Alberta oil sands crude. Congressional midterm elections on Tuesday could create a U.S. government less amenable to climate change action, partly a result of Tea Party influence. That would likely bode well for Alberta's carbon-intensive oil sands industry, which has long worried...