Tag: TarSands

  • The Koch Brothers and the Tar-Sands

    Big Lies and Ecocide in Canada As we know, big lies can run free across borders with few people joining the dots. For example, no media has been reporting that China’s growing dispute with Canada is based on Canada’s enforcement of the Trump administration’s unilateral embargo against Iran. This is what politicians called ‘the rule of … Keep reading »

  • From the Tar Sands to ‘Green Jobs’? Work and Ecological Justice

    The ecological and social implications of climate change have – or should – become a central parameter for all discussions of work and capitalism. It is generally agreed that reliance on the burning of fossil fuels as the pre-eminent energy source for production and consumption over the history of capitalism is the critical factor in … Keep reading »

  • After the Sands

    Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians Toronto — 7 April 2016. View on www.slideshare.net The Paris climate accords were strong on aspirations to keep the world below 2C temperature rise but very weak on delivery. Despite Trudeau’s claims that Canada is back, Ottawa has stuck with Stephen Harper’s pathetic climate targets. To meet its commitments, each … Watch video »

  • Linda McQuaig is Right: Keep the TarSands in the Ground!

    Toronto — 29 September 2015. At the beginning of the federal election campaign, Toronto Centre NDP candidate and respected author Linda McQuaig stated a simple fact: “a lot of people recognize that a lot of the oil sands oil may need to stay in the ground if we’re going to meet our climate change targets.” … Watch video »

  • Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights

    Tar Sands extraction projects, located primarily in Treaty 6 and 8, have radically damaged and contaminated a huge area of land in so-called Alberta, and poisoned the Athabasca watershed. As a result of the toxic operations, some Indigenous communities are experiencing unusually high rates of rare cancers and other illnesses. Traditional ways of life are … Watch video »

  • Book launch: A Line in the Tarsands

    Toronto — 29 November 2014. Tar sands ‘development’ comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents – fighting a powerful international industry – are likened to terrorists; government environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are concealed and rushed. Yet, despite the formidable political and economic power behind the tar sands, … Watch video »

  • From the TarSands to ‘Green Jobs’? Work and Ecological Justice

    From deforestation, toxic pollution, to greenhouse gas emissions, there is no doubt that tar sands development has been and will be an immensely destructive force, first for the communities who are already living within its reach, but ultimately, through its impacts on global climate, for the planet as a whole. There are people who can … Keep reading »

  • Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands

    Of all possible futures, the least likely is one in which business as usual continues unabated. Peoples’ movements will either succeed in transforming our economic and political systems to build a new world, or we will burn with the old one. Our title invokes a metaphor of uncompromising resistance because the tar sands are an … Keep reading »

  • The Outsize (un)Importance of the Tar Sands

    It’s easy to overestimate the importance of the tar sands to the Canadian economy. Tar sands and their pipelines are, after all, hailed by the ruling Conservatives, sections of the business press and the ever-present oil lobby as this young century’s “nation-building” project. Yet, a survey recently making the rounds highlights the relative unimportance of … Keep reading »

  • Oil, Tar Sands, Coal, Natural Gas

    Santa Barbara, California — 11 April 2014. What’s behind the expansion drive of Canada’s and North America’s fossil fuel industries? Coal extraction, natural gas fracking and shale oil fracking are all on the rise in Canada. The tar sands industry in Alberta wants to expand its operations threefold in the coming years. But climate science is … Watch video »

  • How Tar Sands Threaten Our Communities

    Toronto — 25 August 2013. Concern is growing. Word is getting out about Enbridge Corp.’s plan to convert an aging cross-Toronto pipeline (Line 9) to transport a toxic mixture of bitumen (tar) and chemicals. Hundreds of East End Toronto residents have expressed alarm about the dangers of a spill and the effect on climate change. … Watch video »