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The United States has weighed in on a legal dispute between the Bad River Band in northwestern Wisconsin and gas distribution company Enbridge over the Line 5 pipeline, with an amicus brief calling on an appeals court to send the case back to a lower-level court for reconsideration.

U.S. Government Weighs In on Line 5 Pipeline Dispute

The United States has weighed in on a legal dispute between the Bad River Band in northwestern Wisconsin and gas distribution company Enbridge over the Line 5 pipeline, with an amicus brief calling on an appeals court to send the case back to a lower-level court for reconsideration.

The federal government has no intention of scrapping its cap on oil and gas emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an audience of oilpatch executives Friday.

Ottawa Won’t Blink on Oil and Gas Emissions Cap, Trudeau Tells Oilpatch

The federal government has no intention of scrapping its cap on oil and gas emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an audience of oilpatch executives Friday.

The stage is set for a shouting match over the carbon tax at a time when we urgently need a grown-up conversation about Canada’s place in the emerging new energy economy, writes Corporate Knights Director of Research Ralph Torrie.

Carbon Tax Fight Needs ‘Grown-Up Conversation’ on Climate Emergency

The stage is set for a shouting match over the carbon tax at a time when we urgently need a grown-up conversation about Canada’s place in the emerging new energy economy, writes Corporate Knights Director of Research Ralph Torrie.

Fossil fuel subsidies from the Canadian government over the last four years would have been enough to fund all the country’s wind and solar projects 12 times over between 2019 and 2021, and twice as much as it would take to double transit ridership over the next dozen years, Environmental Defence Canada concludes in an analysis released last Wednesday.

Fossil Subsidies Could Have Paid for Canadian Wind and Solar Projects 12 Times Over

Fossil fuel subsidies from the Canadian government over the last four years would have been enough to fund all the country’s wind and solar projects 12 times over between 2019 and 2021, and twice as much as it would take to double transit ridership over the next dozen years, Environmental Defence Canada concludes in an analysis released last Wednesday.

The Canadian government’s enabling relationship with the oil and gas industry is holding back action to end financing for fossil fuels, say advocates, raising concerns about meeting climate goals as fossil fuel companies continue to grow.

Canada’s Support for Oil Extends Beyond Financial Subsidies: Panel

The Canadian government’s enabling relationship with the oil and gas industry is holding back action to end financing for fossil fuels, say advocates, raising concerns about meeting climate goals as fossil fuel companies continue to grow.

A consortium of Canada's largest oilsands companies was to submit an application before the end of last week for approval of its proposed C$16.5-billion carbon capture pipeline project.

Pathways Alliance Files Regulatory Application for $16.5B CCS Hub

A consortium of Canada’s largest oilsands companies was to submit an application before the end of last week for approval of its proposed C$16.5-billion carbon capture pipeline project.

Alleging “unconstitutional, negligent, and reckless actions,” the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is suing the Alberta’s Energy Regulator after it took nine months to inform the community about toxic tailings pond discharges into their territorial watershed at Kearl Lake.

First Nation Sues Alberta Regulator Over Tailings Leaks

Alleging “unconstitutional, negligent, and reckless actions,” the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is suing the Alberta’s Energy Regulator after it took nine months to inform the community about toxic tailings pond discharges into their territorial watershed at Kearl Lake.

With this year’s federal budget just over a month away, Canada’s oilsands industry is once again demanding more generous federal subsidies—or what it prefers to call “clarity” on Ottawa’s intentions—before investing its own lavish shareholder returns in the technology it says it needs to decarbonize its operations.

CCS Won’t Happen in Oilsands Without Bigger Subsidies, Cenovus Exec Warns

With this year’s federal budget just over a month away, Canada’s oilsands industry is once again demanding more generous federal subsidies—or what it prefers to call “clarity” on Ottawa’s intentions—before investing its own lavish shareholder returns in the technology it says it needs to decarbonize its operations.

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support a windfall profit tax on oil and gas companies, three national environmental groups reported this week, citing a new Léger survey.

62% of Canadians Support Windfall Profits Tax on Fossil Fuels, Groups Say

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support a windfall profit tax on oil and gas companies, three national environmental groups reported this week, citing a new Léger survey.

The Environmental Defense Fund’s recently-launched MethaneSAT aims to address crucial information gaps on methane leaks from oil and gas companies—with the data made freely available for public scrutiny.

‘Game Changing’ Satellite Tracks Methane Emissions from Oil And Gas

The Environmental Defense Fund’s recently-launched MethaneSAT aims to address crucial information gaps on methane leaks from oil and gas companies—with the data made freely available for public scrutiny.

Canada’s five biggest banks undermined their own net-zero commitments in 2022 while maintaining higher exposure to the fossil fuel industry than their U.S. and European counterparts, a new report concludes.

‘No Leaders’ Among Canadian Banks as Fossil Fuel Investments Thrive

Canada’s five biggest banks undermined their own net-zero commitments in 2022 while maintaining higher exposure to the fossil fuel industry than their U.S. and European counterparts, a new report concludes.

The federal Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now says the project's final cost will come in at about C$34 billion, 10% higher than its May, 2023 estimate of $30.9 billion, and more than six times above the original project price of $5.4 billion in 2013.

Trans Mountain Price Tag Jumps to $34B as Market Prospects Dim

The federal Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now says the project’s final cost will come in at about C$34 billion, 10% higher than its May, 2023 estimate of $30.9 billion, and more than six times above the original project price of $5.4 billion in 2013.

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

Canadian Regulator’s Net-Zero Plans Rife with ‘Optimistic Assumptions,’ Analysis Finds

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

As many as 11,445 giant underground gas storage wells in the United States have only a single barrier to failure preventing the leak of massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere, a new report has found.

Thousands of U.S. Gas Storage Wells at Risk of Major Methane Leaks

As many as 11,445 giant underground gas storage wells in the United States have only a single barrier to failure preventing the leak of massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere, a new report has found.

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has approved the use of smaller pipe in a section of Trans Mountain Corporation’s pipeline to Canada’s West Coast, reversing its earlier refusal on safety grounds after the company warned that completion would be delayed by two years if its request was denied.

UPDATE: Trans Mountain Delays Pipeline Opening from First to Second Quarter

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has approved the use of smaller pipe in a section of Trans Mountain Corporation’s pipeline to Canada’s West Coast, reversing its earlier refusal on safety grounds after the company warned that completion would be delayed by two years if its request was denied.

Alberta's oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

Oilsands Release Up to 63x More Pollution than Industry Reports, New Study Finds

Alberta’s oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

Trans Mountain Aims to Fill Pipeline by May Despite Pending Regulatory Decision

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Steep Fall for Oil and Gas, Tough Times for Oil Sands as Canada Energy Regulator Mapped Net-Zero Future

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

October 24, 2023: A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney accused the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report in October warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

‘This Blows My Mind’, Critic Said, after CCS Centre Admitted It Won’t Meet 2035 Deadline

October 24, 2023: A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney accused the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report in October warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

March 14, 2023: The cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion mushroomed to C$30.9 billion in mid-March, prompting a surprised fossil energy analyst to admit that taxpayers will have to pick up a very large tab as a result.

$30.9B Price Tag Makes Trans Mountain Pipeline a ‘Catastrophic Boondoggle’

March 14, 2023: The cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion mushroomed to C$30.9 billion in mid-March, prompting a surprised fossil energy analyst to admit that taxpayers will have to pick up a very large tab as a result.

July 4, 2023: After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers expressed “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they looked ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported, in an early July story that is continuing into the new year.

Oil Producers ‘Disappointed’ as Trans Mountain Pipeline Nears Completion

July 4, 2023: After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers expressed “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they looked ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported, in an early July story that is continuing into the new year.

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slapped 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Put Booming Industry at Risk

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

January 23, 2023: Denmark’s biggest bank declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint came from financed emissions.

Danske Bank Quits New Fossil Fuel Financing

January 23, 2023: Denmark’s biggest bank declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint came from financed emissions.

The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is warning the project's completion could be delayed by two years if the Canada Energy Regulator does not allow a previously rejected request for a pipeline variance.

Trans Mountain Warns Regulator of ‘Catastrophic’ Two-Year Delay

The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is warning the project’s completion could be delayed by two years if the Canada Energy Regulator does not allow a previously rejected request for a pipeline variance.

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

Alberta Communities Will Pick Up the Tab if Oilsands Cleanup Fund Falls Short, Academics Warn

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

Canada's oil and gas industry will have to cut emissions by more than one-third within seven years or buy offset credits under a new federal policy.

Fossils Must Cut Emissions 35% by 2030 as Ottawa Unveils New Cap-and-Trade Rule

Canada’s oil and gas industry will have to cut emissions by more than one-third within seven years or buy offset credits under a new federal policy.

Alberta took home a coveted Fossil of the Day award, Quebec became co-president of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, and the Saskatchewan government faced a blistering hometown parody of its $764,000 COP28 pavilion as the first week of make-or-break climate negotiations in Dubai drew to a close.

ALBERTA FIRST! Province Wins Fossil of the Day Award at UN Climate Conference

Alberta took home a coveted Fossil of the Day award, Quebec became co-president of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, and the Saskatchewan government faced a blistering hometown parody of its $764,000 COP28 pavilion as the first week of make-or-break climate negotiations in Dubai drew to a close.

Canada became the first country to promise a 75% reduction in oil and gas industry methane emissions during the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier today.

Canada to Mandate 75% Cut in Fossil Industry Methane by 2030

Canada became the first country to promise a 75% reduction in oil and gas industry methane emissions during the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier today.

The Canada Energy Regulator has approved preliminary interim tolls that would see oil companies pay nearly twice as much to ship crude on the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline as what was estimated in 2017.

Interim Toll Allows Trans Mountain to Double Fee to Fossil Producers

The Canada Energy Regulator has approved preliminary interim tolls that would see oil companies pay nearly twice as much to ship crude on the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline as what was estimated in 2017.

Canadian climate hawks unveiled a stylish, new “emissions cap” and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith drew some serious attention over the weekend as watchdog groups began shining a harsh light on fossil industry influence at this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Fossil Lobbyists Join Canada’s COP Delegation as Climate Hawks Unveil Their Own Emissions ‘Cap’

Canadian climate hawks unveiled a stylish, new “emissions cap” and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith drew some serious attention over the weekend as watchdog groups began shining a harsh light on fossil industry influence at this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from Alberta's fossil industry are underestimated by nearly 50%, according to a new study from one of Canada's premier climate labs.

Alberta Fossils Undercount Methane by 50% as Ottawa Touts New Rules

Emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from Alberta’s fossil industry are underestimated by nearly 50%, according to a new study from one of Canada’s premier climate labs.

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy's Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

Suncor Reports Another Spill After AER Declines to Rethink Fort Hill Expansion

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy’s Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

There’s a 70% chance that 2024 will be the “crucial inflection point” when global climate pollution begins to fall—as long as clean technology growth trends continue and countries follow through on their pledges to cut methane emissions, a new report this week concludes.

70% Chance of Emissions Reduction in 2024 Marks ‘Crucial Inflection Point’, Analysts Say

There’s a 70% chance that 2024 will be the “crucial inflection point” when global climate pollution begins to fall—as long as clean technology growth trends continue and countries follow through on their pledges to cut methane emissions, a new report this week concludes.

The “grossly exaggerated if not outright false” messaging in the Alberta government’s C$8-million “Tell the Feds” ad campaign is just “a thinly disguised attempt to enlist ordinary Canadians in Alberta’s unyielding service to the fossil fuel industry,” University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski writes in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail.

UCalgary Law Prof Scorches Alberta’s ‘Freeze in the Dark’ Ad Campaign

The “grossly exaggerated if not outright false” messaging in the Alberta government’s C$8-million “Tell the Feds” ad campaign is just “a thinly disguised attempt to enlist ordinary Canadians in Alberta’s unyielding service to the fossil fuel industry,” University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski writes in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail.

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as

Ontario Health Workers Push Pension Fund to Divest Fossil Fuels by 2025

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as “greenwashing nonsense” and urging the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) to defend public health by dumping its C$1.6 billion in fossil fuel holdings.

A trio of writers in Halifax is accusing Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s government of misinformation over its “freezing in the dark” propaganda campaign, just as two energy analysts declare one of Smith’s favourite fossil fuels, natural gas, a “dying commodity”.

NS Writers Scorch Alberta Govt ‘Snake Oil’ While Analysts Cite Gas as ‘Dying Commodity’

A trio of writers in Halifax is accusing Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s government of misinformation over its “freezing in the dark” propaganda campaign, just as two energy analysts declare one of Smith’s favourite fossil fuels, natural gas, a “dying commodity”.

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

Senators Probe Pace of Energy Transition as Official Defends Controls on Fossil Emissions

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

The world’s 20 biggest fossil fuel-producing countries are set to extract more than enough oil, gas, and coal in 2030 to defeat any hope of holding global warming to a relatively safe 1.5°C, and Canada is projecting the fourth-largest increase in oil production, according to a new analysis released this morning.

Global Fossil Production Set to Blow Through 1.5°C Climate Limit, New Report Warns

The world’s 20 biggest fossil fuel-producing countries are set to extract more than enough oil, gas, and coal in 2030 to defeat any hope of holding global warming to a relatively safe 1.5°C, and Canada is projecting the fourth-largest increase in oil production, according to a new analysis released this morning.

The Alberta Energy Regulator is reconsidering its approval of Suncor Energy’s plan to extract a billion barrels of oil from wetlands that serve as a First Nations gathering place, a carbon sink, and wildlife habitat, after conservation experts said the project comes across as “a big experiment.”

Regulator Pauses Suncor Plan to Extract 1B Barrels from Alberta Wetland

The Alberta Energy Regulator is reconsidering its approval of Suncor Energy’s plan to extract a billion barrels of oil from wetlands that serve as a First Nations gathering place, a carbon sink, and wildlife habitat, after conservation experts said the project comes across as “a big experiment.”

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

Lac-Mégantic Microgrid to Become Model for Local Communities

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

More than two-thirds of Canadians are unwilling to help cover the spiralling cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a new survey concludes.

Canadians Want Oil Companies to Pay for TMX, Survey Finds

More than two-thirds of Canadians are unwilling to help cover the spiralling cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a new survey concludes.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

Alberta Regulator May Let Fossils Reduce Liability Before Old Oil Wells Are Cleaned Up

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney is accusing the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCUS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report last week warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCUS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

‘This Blows My Mind’, Critic Says, as CCS Centre Admits It Can’t Meet 2035 Deadline

A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney is accusing the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCUS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report last week warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCUS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

Albertans Need ‘Facts, not Fearmongering’ on Ottawa’s New Clean Power Rules: Op Ed

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

Suncor Energy CEO Rich Kruger sought to defend his company’s pivot away from renewable energy, touted his own 40-year career as a fossil industry executive, and largely avoided a Member of Parliament’s questions on oil and gas companies’ liability for climate impacts in an hour-long appearance yesterday before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

Suncor Boss Doubles Down on Oil’s Future, Ducks MP’s Questions on Fossil Liability

Suncor Energy CEO Rich Kruger sought to defend his company’s pivot away from renewable energy, touted his own 40-year career as a fossil industry executive, and largely avoided a Member of Parliament’s questions on oil and gas companies’ liability for climate impacts in an hour-long appearance yesterday before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

Oil and Gas Cap to Proceed While Feds Respond to Supreme Court IAA Ruling

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

A federal Member of Parliament is calling for a windfall profits tax on fossil fuel companies, just as an independent analysis predicts Canadian oil extraction hitting an all-time high over the next two years with the expected start-up of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

MP Urges Windfall Profit Tax as Oil Extraction Set to Hit New Record

A federal Member of Parliament is calling for a windfall profits tax on fossil fuel companies, just as an independent analysis predicts Canadian oil extraction hitting an all-time high over the next two years with the expected start-up of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The latest route change for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline would threaten a sacred site—Pipsell, or Jacko Lake, near Kamloops, BC—and amount to a continuation of cultural genocide, a Secwepemc knowledge keeper says.

Trans Mountain Route Change Amounts to ‘Cultural Genocide’: Secwepemc Knowledge Keeper

The latest route change for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline would threaten a sacred site—Pipsell, or Jacko Lake, near Kamloops, BC—and amount to a continuation of cultural genocide, a Secwepemc knowledge keeper says.

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta's energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

REVEALED: Imperial Oil, Alberta Regulator Knew of Toxic Seepage at Kearl Mine for Years, Kept First Nation in the Dark

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta’s energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Oil and Gas, Buildings Drive 2.1% Rise in Canada’s Climate Pollution

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Fossil fuel demand falls 25% by 2030, fossil sector methane emissions drop by three-quarters, energy efficiency adoption doubles, global renewable energy capacity triples, and annual clean energy investment rises from US$1.8 trillion in 2023 to $4.5 trillion by the early 2030s in the latest net-zero roadmap published this morning by the International Energy Agency.

Fossil Fuels Fall 25% by 2030, Renewables ‘Keep the Path Open’ in IEA Net-Zero Update

Fossil fuel demand falls 25% by 2030, fossil sector methane emissions drop by three-quarters, energy efficiency adoption doubles, global renewable energy capacity triples, and annual clean energy investment rises from US$1.8 trillion in 2023 to $4.5 trillion by the early 2030s in the latest net-zero roadmap published this morning by the International Energy Agency.

PR giants like Edelman, McCann, Ogilvy, and Publicis Groupe are under the microscope during New York Climate Week after the Clean Creatives campaign launched its 2023 F-List, an inventory of 500 fossil fuel contracts with 294 advertising and public relations agencies in 2022 and 2023.

‘Turning Point’ for PR Industry as Clean Creatives Targets Fossil Industry Contracts

PR giants like Edelman, McCann, Ogilvy, and Publicis Groupe are under the microscope during New York Climate Week after the Clean Creatives campaign launched its 2023 F-List, an inventory of 500 fossil fuel contracts with 294 advertising and public relations agencies in 2022 and 2023.

Three climate groups filed a false advertising complaint this week against Enbridge Gas’ claim that natural gas is the cheapest form of home heating, just as the Calgary-based utility and pipeline company doubled down on gas with a C$9.4-billion buying spree in the United States.

False Advertising Complaint Challenges Enbridge’s Claim of ‘Cheap’ Natural Gas

Three climate groups filed a false advertising complaint this week against Enbridge Gas’ claim that natural gas is the cheapest form of home heating, just as the Calgary-based utility and pipeline company doubled down on gas with a C$9.4-billion buying spree in the United States.

Carbon capture and storage may have an important role to play in hard-to-decarbonize sectors like iron and steel, but won’t pay off for oil and gas companies without continuing government subsidies, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in an analysis released this week.

CCS Can’t Compete with Renewables, Won’t Deliver by 2030, Report Finds

Carbon capture and storage may have an important role to play in hard-to-decarbonize sectors like iron and steel, but won’t pay off for oil and gas companies without continuing government subsidies, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in an analysis released this week.

New documents outline a massive increase in public funding for the Canadian Energy Centre's campaign to change attitudes toward Alberta's oil and gas.

THEY’RE BACK: Alberta Energy ‘War Room’ Spends $22M on Pro-Fossil PR Campaign

New documents outline a massive increase in public funding for the Canadian Energy Centre’s campaign to change attitudes toward Alberta’s oil and gas.

The Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project has run into another construction-related hurdle that could delay its completion.

New Route, Engineering Glitches Could ‘Significantly’ Raise Trans Mountain Costs

The Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project has run into another construction-related hurdle that could delay its completion.

The executive hired to turn around the flagging fortunes of Suncor Energy Inc. said Tuesday he believes the company has been too focused in recent years on the energy transition and must get back to an oil-centred business strategy.

Suncor Doubles Down on Oil-Centred Business Strategy

The executive hired to turn around the flagging fortunes of Suncor Energy Inc. said Tuesday he believes the company has been too focused in recent years on the energy transition and must get back to an oil-centred business strategy.

In northern Alberta, a former rig worker finds newfound pride in embracing renewables, spurred by uncertain oil industry prospects and supported by retraining opportunities.

Rigs to Renewables: One Oil Worker’s Career Transition

In northern Alberta, a former rig worker finds newfound pride in embracing renewables, spurred by uncertain oil industry prospects and supported by retraining opportunities.

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Billions in Green Tax Credits Will Hinge on Provincial Buy-In on Net-Zero Grid

The federal government is to tie billions of dollars in tax credits and grants for provincial electricity projects to progress toward Ottawa’s target for an emissions-free electricity grid by 2035.

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One Enbridge Pipeline Breaches Minnesota Aquifer, Another Faces Closure in Michigan

A fourth aquifer breach has been confirmed in northern Minnesota stemming from a Canadian oil company’s construction of an oil pipeline replacement in the region, state officials said late last month.

Export Development Canada extended another C$3-billion loan guarantee to the financially precarious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in July, according to a Friday, August 4 posting on the federal credit agency’s website.

‘Catastrophic Boondoggle’ Trans Mountain Nabs Another $3B Loan Guarantee from Federal Agency

Export Development Canada extended another C$3-billion loan guarantee to the financially precarious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in July, according to a Friday, August 4 posting on the federal credit agency’s website.

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slaps 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Puts Booming Industry at Risk

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

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Emissions Cap Delay Won’t Relax Fossil Industry’s 2030 Target, Guilbeault Says

Canada’s cap on oil and gas emissions will be delayed by months, not years, and the slower schedule won’t relax the 2030 target for companies to reduce their climate pollution, Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault said this morning.

Trans Mountain Corporation’s attempt to minimize costs for its pipeline customers could force the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to choose between undermining its own core mandate as a regulator or increasing the cost of shipping oil sands crude out of Alberta by about $11 per barrel, a new analysis concludes.

Trans Mountain Pricing Could Break the Bank—or Break the Canada Energy Regulator

Trans Mountain Corporation’s attempt to minimize costs for its pipeline customers could force the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to choose between undermining its own core mandate as a regulator or increasing the cost of shipping oil sands crude out of Alberta by about $11 per barrel, a new analysis concludes.

Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault has unveiled detailed plans to phase out “inefficient” oil and gas subsidies, based on guidelines released this morning that take effect immediately and are meant to fulfill a 14-year-old pledge by G20 countries.

Canada Restricts Oil and Gas Subsidies, Leaves Open Door for Indigenous Projects, CCS

Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault has unveiled detailed plans to phase out “inefficient” oil and gas subsidies, based on guidelines released this morning that take effect immediately and are meant to fulfill a 14-year-old pledge by G20 countries.

New research using the latest figures for Canada's methane emissions concludes it would be much cheaper for the energy industry to meet reduction targets for the potent greenhouse gas than it would be to pay carbon taxes on it.

Methane Controls Would Cost Fossil Companies Less than Paying Carbon Tax, New Study Finds

New research using the latest figures for Canada’s methane emissions concludes it would be much cheaper for the energy industry to meet reduction targets for the potent greenhouse gas than it would be to pay carbon taxes on it.

Draft regulations for a cap on carbon emissions in Canada’s oil and gas sector are just around the corner, and Canadians nation-wide are indicating support. However, there are differences in how and why people support an emissions cap, uncertainties about policy details, and lessons to be learned about how to build that support. 

Talking Policy: Powerful Frames for Promoting a Cap on Carbon Emissions

Draft regulations for a cap on carbon emissions in Canada’s oil and gas sector are just around the corner, and Canadians nation-wide are indicating support. However, there are differences in how and why people support an emissions cap, uncertainties about policy details, and lessons to be learned about how to build that support. 

A new analysis has concluded that Canada’s oil sands will have to cut production by up to 1.3 million barrels per day to meet the federal government’s 2030 emission targets, just as the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports a surge in clean energy investment and a faster-than-expected rise in key low-carbon technologies.

Oil Sands Must Cut Production to Hit 2030 Emissions Target, Analysts Say

A new analysis has concluded that Canada’s oil sands will have to cut production by up to 1.3 million barrels per day to meet the federal government’s 2030 emission targets, just as the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports a surge in clean energy investment and a faster-than-expected rise in key low-carbon technologies.

The Church of England has announced it will divest from Shell, finally acknowledging the failure of more than a decade of investor efforts to convince the oil and gas sector to align with global climate goals. But Canada’s homegrown investor initiative, Climate Engagement Canada (CEC), has yet to realize that when it comes to fossil fuel companies, engagement is both misguided and futile.

McGrath: Engagement with Fossil Companies is a ‘Dead End’. Time for Pension Funds to Divest.

The Church of England has announced it will divest from Shell, finally acknowledging the failure of more than a decade of investor efforts to convince the oil and gas sector to align with global climate goals. But Canada’s homegrown investor initiative, Climate Engagement Canada (CEC), has yet to realize that when it comes to fossil fuel companies, engagement is both misguided and futile.

Fourteen years ago, Canada joined the rest of the G20 in promising to wean fossil fuel companies off government subsidies that encouraged wasteful consumption and undermined efforts to slow climate change. This week, The Canadian Press reports, that promise is expected to finally be fulfilled.

Guilbeault to Unveil New Limits on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Fourteen years ago, Canada joined the rest of the G20 in promising to wean fossil fuel companies off government subsidies that encouraged wasteful consumption and undermined efforts to slow climate change. This week, The Canadian Press reports, that promise is expected to finally be fulfilled.

After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers are expressing “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they look ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported last week.

Oil Producers ‘Disappointed’ as Trans Mountain Pipeline Nears Completion

After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers are expressing “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they look ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported last week.

The Canadian government must take the lead in protecting Canadians from an inevitable “terminal decline” of the global oil and gas sector, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in a detailed analysis released yesterday.

‘Terminal Decline’ of Oil Means Ottawa Must Lead Transition, Protect Canadians: IISD

The Canadian government must take the lead in protecting Canadians from an inevitable “terminal decline” of the global oil and gas sector, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in a detailed analysis released yesterday.

Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released Tuesday by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Steep Fall for Oil and Gas, Tough Times for Oil Sands as Canada Energy Regulator Maps Net-Zero Future

Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released Tuesday by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Canada’s new legislation to align job creation with its climate goals while ensuring a fair transition for workers in emissions-intensive industries has elicited cautious optimism from Indigenous, labour, and environmental groups who agreed that even with “clear gaps”, it was a commendable first step.

Sustainable Jobs Act Meets Cautious Optimism from Community, Opposition from Alberta

Canada’s new legislation to align job creation with its climate goals while ensuring a fair transition for workers in emissions-intensive industries has elicited cautious optimism from Indigenous, labour, and environmental groups who agreed that even with “clear gaps”, it was a commendable first step.

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Notley Would Have Backed Carbon Capture Subsidies, Smith Less Certain: Ex-Pipeline Exec

Alberta would have been much more likely to subsidize a big carbon capture and storage megaproject in the province’s oilpatch if the New Democrats’ Rachel Notley had been returned to power, a retired pipeline executive said this week.

Thirteen oil and gas companies operating or based in Canada, including five of the six that make up the Pathways Alliance oil sands lobby group, are on the list of 88 big carbon polluters now being called out for a major share of the forested lands lost to wildfires in North America between 1986 and 2021, The Energy Mix has learned.

13 Canadian Fossils Linked to Massive Losses in Western Wildfires

Thirteen oil and gas companies operating or based in Canada, including five of the six that make up the Pathways Alliance oil sands lobby group, are on the list of 88 big carbon polluters now being called out for a major share of the forested lands lost to wildfires in North America between 1986 and 2021, The Energy Mix has learned.

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) may be on the verge of a breakthrough as it nears the end of a high-stakes, 18-month effort to map a net-zero pathway for the country’s energy sector.

NET-ZERO BREAKTHROUGH? Hopeful Signs as Regulator Finalizes Energy Futures Report

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) may be on the verge of a breakthrough as it nears the end of a high-stakes, 18-month effort to map a net-zero pathway for the country’s energy sector.

The controversial Line 5 pipeline could be facing its toughest challenger yet: the very watershed the pipeline's detractors are trying to protect.

Emergency Court Motion Challenges Line 5 Pipeline Safety in Wisconsin

The controversial Line 5 pipeline could be facing its toughest challenger yet: the very watershed the pipeline’s detractors are trying to protect.

With Canada in the process of drafting crucial regulations to curb the oil and gas sector’s greenhouse gas emissions, climate advocates are enlisting Canadians in a postcard-writing campaign to remind Members of Parliament that the interests of all people in Canada must take precedence over corporate bottom lines and intensive industry lobbying.

Postcard Campaign Pushes Canadian MPs for Strong Oil and Gas Emissions Cap

With Canada in the process of drafting crucial regulations to curb the oil and gas sector’s greenhouse gas emissions, climate advocates are enlisting Canadians in a postcard-writing campaign to remind Members of Parliament that the interests of all people in Canada must take precedence over corporate bottom lines and intensive industry lobbying.

Calgary-based Imperial Oil is facing continuing blowback for two releases of tailings from its Kearl oil sands mine in northern Alberta, days after Environment Canada opened an investigation into the spills.

Ottawa Investigates, Imperial Oil Faces Blowback for Kearl Oil Sands Leaks

Calgary-based Imperial Oil is facing continuing blowback for two releases of tailings from its Kearl oil sands mine in northern Alberta, days after Environment Canada opened an investigation into the spills.

New federal research suggests greenhouse gas emissions from the Alberta oil sands may be significantly underestimated, adding to a growing pile of studies that say our understanding of what is going into the atmosphere is incomplete.

New Research Points to 180 Million Tonnes of Unreported Oilsands Emissions

New federal research suggests greenhouse gas emissions from the Alberta oil sands may be significantly underestimated, adding to a growing pile of studies that say our understanding of what is going into the atmosphere is incomplete.

The economic cost of greenhouse gas emissions is nearly five times higher than previously thought, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said last month.

Ottawa Calculates Social Cost of Carbon at $261/Tonne

The economic cost of greenhouse gas emissions is nearly five times higher than previously thought, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said last month.

Calgary-based Suncor Energy has reported six million litres of water that exceed sediment guidelines have been released into the Athabasca River from a pond at its Fort Hills oil sands mine.

Suncor Dumps 6M Litres of High-Silt Water into Athabasca River

Calgary-based Suncor Energy has reported six million litres of water that exceed sediment guidelines have been released into the Athabasca River from a pond at its Fort Hills oil sands mine.

Alberta's United Conservative Party government released a self-described “aspirational” climate plan Wednesday filled with commissions, committees, studies, but little in the way of actions or targets to take the province to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, The Canadian Press reports.

Alberta’s ‘Aspirational’ Climate Plan Sets No Emission Targets, Ignores Fossil Decline

Alberta’s United Conservative Party government released a self-described “aspirational” climate plan Wednesday filled with commissions, committees, studies, but little in the way of actions or targets to take the province to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, The Canadian Press reports.

Several climate change experts said Friday they see reason for hope in Canada's efforts to slow global warming even though the country's greenhouse gas emissions rose slightly in 2021.

Canada’s Emissions Rebound Slightly Post-Pandemic, Fall 8.5% Since 2005

Several climate change experts said Friday they see reason for hope in Canada’s efforts to slow global warming even though the country’s greenhouse gas emissions rose slightly in 2021.

The Royal Bank of Canada was the biggest fossil fuel financier in the world in 2022 after handing over more than US$42 billion to oil, gas, and coal projects, a coalition of environmental groups reports in the annual Banking on Climate Chaos report survey yesterday.

Report Cites RBC as World’s Biggest Funder for Fossil Fuels, Fracked Gas

The Royal Bank of Canada was the biggest fossil fuel financier in the world in 2022 after handing over more than US$42 billion to oil, gas, and coal projects, a coalition of environmental groups reports in the annual Banking on Climate Chaos report survey yesterday.

Indigenous investors interested in buying the financially troubled Trans Mountain pipeline can expect to lose money on the deal and face “the likely prospect of being saddled with a stranded asset,” according to an independent economist and longtime critic of the project.

Indigenous Buyers Risk Big Losses as Trans Mountain Pipeline Costs Skyrocket

Indigenous investors interested in buying the financially troubled Trans Mountain pipeline can expect to lose money on the deal and face “the likely prospect of being saddled with a stranded asset,” according to an independent economist and longtime critic of the project.

Canada’s fossil industry is still looking for greater certainty about the future of its proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, in spite of a pledge in last Tuesday's federal budget to support major emissions-reducing projects.

Fossils Crave ‘Certainty’ after Federal Budget ‘Kicks CCS Down the Road’

Canada’s fossil industry is still looking for greater certainty about the future of its proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, in spite of a pledge in last Tuesday’s federal budget to support major emissions-reducing projects.

British Columbia’s new energy framework is being hailed as a positive step towards capping oil and gas emissions in the province, but one critic is calling it a “political smokescreen,” coming hours after the approval of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

B.C.’s New Energy Framework a ‘Smokescreen,’ Critic Warns

British Columbia’s new energy framework is being hailed as a positive step towards capping oil and gas emissions in the province, but one critic is calling it a “political smokescreen,” coming hours after the approval of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

Canada and the United States will work together to develop critical mineral supply chains, coordinate efforts on net-zero grid development and electric vehicle charging networks, advance long-duration energy storage, measure and monitor methane and carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, and promote trade in products like green steel and aluminium in the wake of U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Ottawa March 23-24.

Biden’s Ottawa Visit Highlights EVs, Clean Grid, Critical Minerals

Canada and the United States will work together to develop critical mineral supply chains, coordinate efforts on net-zero grid development and electric vehicle charging networks, advance long-duration energy storage, measure and monitor methane and carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, and promote trade in products like green steel and aluminium in the wake of U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Ottawa March 23-24.

State politicians in Kansas worried last week that the southern part of their state is vulnerable to oil spills from the Keystone pipeline, just days after a U.S. regulator ordered TC Energy to lower the operating pressure across the entire Keystone system.

Keystone Pipeline Safety Worries Lawmakers after TC Energy Ordered to Reduce Operating Pressure

State politicians in Kansas worried last week that the southern part of their state is vulnerable to oil spills from the Keystone pipeline, just days after a U.S. regulator ordered TC Energy to lower the operating pressure across the entire Keystone system.

Spanish oil and gas giant Repsol SA has dropped its plan to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe from a terminal in New Brunswick, citing high shipping costs.

Repsol Abandons Plan to Ship Canadian LNG to Europe

Spanish oil and gas giant Repsol SA has dropped its plan to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe from a terminal in New Brunswick, citing high shipping costs.

As the federal government consults about its upcoming legislation capping carbon emissions in the oil and gas sector, no doubt hearing often from industry lobbyists, Canadians are growing more cynical about the government’s ability to bring this powerful industry into line.

Canadians Want Strong Emissions Cap Regulations, Not More Missed Targets

As the federal government consults about its upcoming legislation capping carbon emissions in the oil and gas sector, no doubt hearing often from industry lobbyists, Canadians are growing more cynical about the government’s ability to bring this powerful industry into line.

The cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has mushroomed to C$30.9 billion, prompting a surprised fossil energy analyst to admit that taxpayers will have to pick up a very large tab as a result.

$30.9B Price Tag Makes Trans Mountain Pipeline a ‘Catastrophic Boondoggle’

The cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has mushroomed to C$30.9 billion, prompting a surprised fossil energy analyst to admit that taxpayers will have to pick up a very large tab as a result.

Informed nine months after the fact that its hunting territories may have been poisoned by a leaking oil sands tailings pond, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is accusing the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and ExxonMobil subsidiary Imperial Oil of environmental racism, as experts urge Ottawa to close regulatory holes that fossil companies can exploit.

First Nation Scorches Imperial Oil, Alberta Regulator Over Toxic Leak

Informed nine months after the fact that its hunting territories may have been poisoned by a leaking oil sands tailings pond, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is accusing the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and ExxonMobil subsidiary Imperial Oil of environmental racism, as experts urge Ottawa to close regulatory holes that fossil companies can exploit.

Locals remain desperate for answers almost a month after a train laden with harmful petrochemicals derailed in a small Ohio town, as government agencies refuse to test for some dangerous toxins, the railroad company shells out paltry restitution, and politicians steal the moment for publicity.

Ohio Train Derailment, Toxic Chemical Spill Renews Fears Over Canada-U.S. Rail Safety

Locals remain desperate for answers almost a month after a train laden with harmful petrochemicals derailed in a small Ohio town, as government agencies refuse to test for some dangerous toxins, the railroad company shells out paltry restitution, and politicians steal the moment for publicity.

Alberta’s ability to thrive and attract investment in a world shifting to low-carbon energy will depend on the climate and energy policy choices it makes in the weeks leading into this spring’s provincial election and beyond, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute warns in a 23-page policy roadmap released last week.

Alberta Faces ‘Significant Disadvantage’ by Ignoring Energy Transition, Pembina Warns

Alberta’s ability to thrive and attract investment in a world shifting to low-carbon energy will depend on the climate and energy policy choices it makes in the weeks leading into this spring’s provincial election and beyond, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute warns in a 23-page policy roadmap released last week.

Oilpatch support for Alberta Premier Danielle Smith's agenda ballooned after she won her party's leadership and put the so-called RStar program—a plan to give tax breaks to fossil companies for fulfilling cleanup work they are already legally obliged to do—high on the government agenda.

Fossil Donations ‘Balloon’ as Alberta’s Smith Touts $100M Tax Break

Oilpatch support for Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s agenda ballooned after she won her party’s leadership and put the so-called RStar program—a plan to give tax breaks to fossil companies for fulfilling cleanup work they are already legally obliged to do—high on the government agenda.

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.8% in 2021, and fossil fuels accounted for more than half of the total, according to an “early estimate” released today by the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

Canada’s Emissions Up 2.8% in 2021 with Fossil Fuels Leading the Rise

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.8% in 2021, and fossil fuels accounted for more than half of the total, according to an “early estimate” released today by the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

It took Munich Re almost 50 years since, but the world’s largest reinsurance company is taking steps to detach itself not just from coal, oil, and gas. The company announced in October that it will no longer insure new oil and gas projects as of April, 2023.

Mounting Losses, Legal Risk Prompt Insurers to Abandon Fossil Fuels

It took Munich Re almost 50 years since, but the world’s largest reinsurance company is taking steps to detach itself not just from coal, oil, and gas. The company announced in October that it will no longer insure new oil and gas projects as of April, 2023.

By betting it can solve its emissions problem with carbon capture and storage, Canada's oil and gas industry risks saddling itself with expensive stranded assets, a new report argues.

‘Expensive, Unproven’ CCS Deserves No More Federal Support: IISD

By betting it can solve its emissions problem with carbon capture and storage, Canada’s oil and gas industry risks saddling itself with expensive stranded assets, a new report argues.

An independent federal advisory panel has declared Canada “unlikely to attain its 2030 emission target” without an oil and gas emissions cap, just days after senior oil sands executives insisted they can’t invest any faster in decarbonization.

Canada Needs Oil and Gas Emissions Cap to Hit 2030 Goal: NZAB

An independent federal advisory panel has declared Canada “unlikely to attain its 2030 emission target” without an oil and gas emissions cap, just days after senior oil sands executives insisted they can’t invest any faster in decarbonization.

Ten years after Ecuador abandoned efforts to get the international community to pay it not to drill for oil in a corner of Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, the cash-strapped country’s decision to double down on fossil exploration is signalling the need for a global fossil fuel non-proliferation agreement.

Ecuador’s Amazon Drilling Plan Shows Need for Fossil Non-Proliferation Treaty

Ten years after Ecuador abandoned efforts to get the international community to pay it not to drill for oil in a corner of Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, the cash-strapped country’s decision to double down on fossil exploration is signalling the need for a global fossil fuel non-proliferation agreement.

Denmark’s biggest bank has declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint comes from financed emissions.

Danske Bank Quits New Fossil Fuel Financing

Denmark’s biggest bank has declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint comes from financed emissions.

Alberta’s fraught politics around the upcoming federal just transition bill are intensifying, with provincial opposition leader Rachel Notley urging Ottawa to scrap the legislation and a fossil CEO claiming a just transition really means a boom in oilsands extraction.

Notley Scorches Federal Just Transition Bill as Fossil CEO Calls for Oilsands Boom

Alberta’s fraught politics around the upcoming federal just transition bill are intensifying, with provincial opposition leader Rachel Notley urging Ottawa to scrap the legislation and a fossil CEO claiming a just transition really means a boom in oilsands extraction.

A group of former oil and gas executives and academics is calling for the industry to pay tens of trillions of dollars through 2050 to take full responsibility for every tonne of carbon it produces.

BREAKING: Fossils Should Pay Trillions to Store Carbon through 2050, Ex-Industry Execs Say

A group of former oil and gas executives and academics is calling for the industry to pay tens of trillions of dollars through 2050 to take full responsibility for every tonne of carbon it produces.

Suncor Energy and a subcontractor faced 28 charges for safety violations after a bulldozer crashed through thin ice on a frozen tailings pond in January, 2021, killing 25-year-old operator Patrick Poitras.

Suncor Safety Violations, the Language of Just Transition, and California Faces Devastating Rainstorms

Suncor Energy and a subcontractor faced 28 charges for safety violations after a bulldozer crashed through thin ice on a frozen tailings pond in January, 2021, killing 25-year-old operator Patrick Poitras. “Someone didn’t do their job and I lost my son because of that,” his dad told CBC. “My son gave his life for that job.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have “handcuffed” Alberta Premier Danielle Smith by urging her United Conservative Party (UCP) government to invest some of its multi-billion-dollar budget surplus in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), a Calgary-based political scientist says.

Trudeau ‘Handcuffs’ Alberta UCP with Carbon Capture Investment Pitch

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have “handcuffed” Alberta Premier Danielle Smith by urging her United Conservative Party (UCP) government to invest some of its multi-billion-dollar budget surplus in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), a Calgary-based political scientist says.

Two of Canada’s biggest pension funds opened the year with new investments in offshore wind and overseas renewable energy projects, after a year of taking sustained criticism for their continuing commitment to fossil fuels. A leading sustainability consultancy profiled Canada’s clean energy powerhouses, Calgary-based ATCO Ltd. bought $713 million worth of solar and wind projects from oilsands operator Suncor Energy, and bids opened for onshore wind projects across nearly 1.7 million hectares of government-owned land in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canadian Pension Funds Back Renewables, RCMP Spends $50M Policing Protests, Gas Stoves Linked to Childhood Asthma, and a Rogue Geoengineering Experiment Gets Under Way

Two of Canada’s biggest pension funds opened the year with new investments in offshore wind and overseas renewable energy projects, after a year of taking sustained criticism for their continuing commitment to fossil fuels. A leading sustainability consultancy profiled Canada’s clean energy powerhouses, Calgary-based ATCO Ltd. bought $713 million worth of solar and wind projects from oilsands operator Suncor Energy, and bids opened for onshore wind projects across nearly 1.7 million hectares of government-owned land in Newfoundland and Labrador.

With investors elsewhere turning up the heat on fossil companies to declare firm climate goals for the end of this decade, the Pathways Alliance is admitting it won’t likely comply with its 2030 emissions cap until 2035 at the earliest.

Oilsands Won’t Meet 2030 Emissions Cap Before 2035

With investors elsewhere turning up the heat on fossil companies to declare firm climate goals for the end of this decade, the Pathways Alliance is admitting it won’t likely comply with its 2030 emissions cap until 2035 at the earliest.

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Wilkinson Promises Just Transition Bill in 2023

Canada will see federal just transition legislation early this year that will become a gateway for oil and gas workers to move into green energy jobs, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told CBC this week.

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THE RUNDOWN: U.S. Narrowly Averts Massive Blackout, USPS to Buy 66,000 Electric Delivery Vans, and Twitter Lights Up for Brazil’s New Cabinet

At least 91 people died and the eastern United States narrowly averted a massive blackout after a “bomb cyclone” hit much of the continental United States December 21-26. Facing renewed attention to the vulnerability of the Texas power grid, Governor Greg Abbott demanded a probe of fossil gas supplier Atmos Energy, just months after promising the state was ready to withstand the next round of winter storms. A Ford F-150 Lightning still had two-thirds of its battery capacity available after powering its owner through a two-day power outage in southern Ontario, and California utility PG&E distributed home batteries to help some of its customers get through summer blackouts.

The federal government should introduce an oil and gas emissions cap that aligns with a 1.5°C limit on average global warming and creates incentives for innovation without favouring any specific technology, the Commons Natural Resources Committee concludes in a report issued last week.

Make Oil and Gas Emissions Cap Fit for 1.5°, MPs Urge Ottawa

The federal government should introduce an oil and gas emissions cap that aligns with a 1.5°C limit on average global warming and creates incentives for innovation without favouring any specific technology, the Commons Natural Resources Committee concludes in a report issued last week.

Three influential Canadian climate activist-scholars died this year. They devoted their professional lives to finding solutions to the climate change crisis in the face of industry and government resistance that has dragged on for decades.

Remembering Three Climate Heroes We Lost This Year

Three influential Canadian climate activist-scholars died this year. They devoted their professional lives to finding solutions to the climate change crisis in the face of industry and government resistance that has dragged on for decades.

The world’s eighth-largest bank and Europe’s current biggest funder of fossil fuel expansion, HSBC Holdings, has announced it will no longer invest in new oil and gas fields. But its Canadian branch is exempt from the new policy.

‘Shockwave’: HSBC Refuses New Oil and Gas Field Investments, But Not in Canada

The world’s eighth-largest bank and Europe’s current biggest funder of fossil fuel expansion, HSBC Holdings, has announced it will no longer invest in new oil and gas fields. But its Canadian branch is exempt from the new policy.

Spills from the Keystone pipeline have been increasing in severity in recent years, to the point that the pipeline's safety record is now worse than the U.S. average, U.S. government data shows.

Cleanup Will Take ‘At Least Weeks’ as Keystone’s Safety Record Draws Scrutiny

Spills from the Keystone pipeline have been increasing in severity in recent years, to the point that the pipeline’s safety record is now worse than the U.S. average, U.S. government data shows.

A ruptured pipe dumped enough oil late last week into a northeastern Kansas creek to nearly fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, becoming the largest onshore crude pipeline spill in nine years and surpassing all the previous ones on the same pipeline system combined, according to U.S. government data.

Biggest Spill in Keystone’s History Dumps Oil into Kansas Creek

A ruptured pipe dumped enough oil late last week into a northeastern Kansas creek to nearly fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, becoming the largest onshore crude pipeline spill in nine years and surpassing all the previous ones on the same pipeline system combined, according to U.S. government data.

Newcomer Davante Lewis, a Democrat backed by an environmental political action committee, easily won Saturday's runoff for a seat on Louisiana's Public Service Commission, an obscure regulatory body that has received national attention from media, celebrities, climate activists, and major public utility companies.

Renewables Advocate Wins Hotly Contested Seat on Louisiana Regulatory Panel

Newcomer Davante Lewis, a Democrat backed by an environmental political action committee, easily won Saturday’s runoff for a seat on Louisiana’s Public Service Commission, an obscure regulatory body that has received national attention from media, celebrities, climate activists, and major public utility companies.

TC Energy Corporation is expecting what it calls a “material increase” in the cost of its Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

Coastal GasLink Pipeline Cost to Rise Again, TC Energy Warns

TC Energy Corporation is expecting what it calls a “material increase” in the cost of its Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) interests press for political support, British Columbia Premier David Eby must double down on his acknowledgement that any further fossil buildout will sink the province’s climate goals, the president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says, in an op ed co-published with other leading climate advocates.

Reject Fossil Development, Honour Climate Commitments, B.C. Groups Urge Eby

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) interests press for political support, British Columbia Premier David Eby must double down on his acknowledgement that any further fossil buildout will sink the province’s climate goals, the president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says, in an op ed co-published with other leading climate advocates.

Two more reinsurers have joined the slew of companies refusing to provide coverage to a proposed US$5-billion crude oil pipeline in East Africa that campaigners say would be disastrous for the climate and to its host countries.

Two More Reinsurers Nix Coverage for East Africa Pipeline Megaproject

Two more reinsurers have joined the slew of companies refusing to provide coverage to a proposed US$5-billion crude oil pipeline in East Africa that campaigners say would be disastrous for the climate and to its host countries.

A Wisconsin judge ordered a Canadian energy giant and a U.S. Indigenous band to water down their wine Monday and come together to avert the “draconian” shutdown of the cross-border Line 5 pipeline.

U.S. Judge Seeks Compromise to Avoid ‘Draconian’ Line 5 Shutdown

A Wisconsin judge ordered a Canadian energy giant and a U.S. Indigenous band to water down their wine Monday and come together to avert the “draconian” shutdown of the cross-border Line 5 pipeline.

New Alberta government research has found windblown dust from mountaintop removal coal mines has polluted a pristine alpine lake to the point where its waters are as contaminated as lakes downwind from the oilsands.

Coal Dust Pollutes Alberta Lake as Badly as Oilsands, Provincial Study Shows

New Alberta government research has found windblown dust from mountaintop removal coal mines has polluted a pristine alpine lake to the point where its waters are as contaminated as lakes downwind from the oilsands.

Canada won't agree to add language calling for the phaseout of all fossil fuels—including oil and gas—to the final agreement at this year's United Nations climate talks in Egypt, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Thursday.

Canada Refuses to Back Oil and Gas Phasedown in COP 27 Text

Canada won’t agree to add language calling for the phaseout of all fossil fuels—including oil and gas—to the final agreement at this year’s United Nations climate talks in Egypt, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Thursday.

A cap on greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector will be ready by the end of next year, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Monday.

Guilbeault Promises Fossil Emissions Cap by Late 2023

A cap on greenhouse gas emissions from Canada’s oil and gas sector will be ready by the end of next year, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Monday.

The “opportunistic argument” that the world needs more Canadian oil has been rejected by two international reports, say experts, proving it utterly divorced from the needs of a net-zero world.

Studies Reject ‘Opportunistic Arguments’ for More Canadian Oil

The “opportunistic argument” that the world needs more Canadian oil has been rejected by two international reports, say experts, proving it utterly divorced from the needs of a net-zero world.

With the COP 27 climate summit in full swing in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Canadian climate hawks were in Ottawa yesterday delivering more than 80,000 petition signatures—82,622, to be exact—calling on the Trudeau government to make good on its promise to impose an emissions cap on the country’s oil and gas industry.

Petition Delivers 82,622 Signatures Demanding Oil and Gas Emissions Cap

With the COP 27 climate summit in full swing in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Canadian climate hawks were in Ottawa yesterday delivering more than 80,000 petition signatures—82,622, to be exact—calling on the Trudeau government to make good on its promise to impose an emissions cap on the country’s oil and gas industry.

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CCUS Mostly Shut Out, Renewables Get Tax Credit in Federal Economic Statement

A pitch for private investment in emission reduction projects, including tax credits for renewable energy, low-carbon heating, and clean hydrogen, is one of the highlights of the fall economic statement released Thursday by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

With Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland set to deliver her fall economic statement later today, climate and energy analysts are watching closely to see whether she sweetens the already lavish subsidies the Trudeau government extended to carbon capture and storage (CCS) in its 2022 budget.

Fall Economic Statement Today Raises Spectre of New CCS Subsidy

With Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland set to deliver her fall economic statement later today, climate and energy analysts are watching closely to see whether she sweetens the already lavish subsidies the Trudeau government extended to carbon capture and storage (CCS) in its 2022 budget.

The federal environment minister is calling out Canada's oil companies for failing to put cash behind their promises to tackle climate change.

Guilbeault Scorches Fossils for Failing to Invest Record Profits in Emission Cuts

The federal environment minister is calling out Canada’s oil companies for failing to put cash behind their promises to tackle climate change.

The Royal Bank of Canada is out with a long-awaited net-zero strategy that sets a far softer target than the emerging international standard for financial institutions, while touting its ability to engage with clients in the fossil sector and beyond to drive emission reductions.

RBC Net-Zero Report Sets Soft Target for Fossil Producers, Aims to ‘Help Clients’ Do Better

The Royal Bank of Canada is out with a long-awaited net-zero strategy that sets a far softer target than the emerging international standard for financial institutions, while touting its ability to engage with clients in the fossil sector and beyond to drive emission reductions.

Coastal GasLink and a former prime contractor with alleged links to organized crime are being sued by four companies, working in partnership with three First Nations communities, for allegedly failing to pay an outstanding C$10 million for services rendered.

Coastal GasLink Builders Sued for Millions in Unpaid Work

Coastal GasLink and a former prime contractor with alleged links to organized crime are being sued by four companies, working in partnership with three First Nations communities, for allegedly failing to pay an outstanding C$10 million for services rendered.

Insurance companies that have long said they'll cover anything, at the right price, are increasingly ruling out fossil fuel projects because of climate change—to cheers from environmental campaigners.

Big Insurers Turn Their Backs on Coal, Oil and Gas

Insurance companies that have long said they’ll cover anything, at the right price, are increasingly ruling out fossil fuel projects because of climate change—to cheers from environmental campaigners.

Analyst chatter about TC Energy considering selling off the controversial Keystone pipeline could raise the risk of a major spill or leak, but still improve the Calgary-based pipeliner’s rating for environmental responsibility, The Energy Mix has learned.

EXCLUSIVE: Rumoured Keystone Pipeline Sale Could Increase Spill Risk

Analyst chatter about TC Energy considering selling off the controversial Keystone pipeline could raise the risk of a major spill or leak, but still improve the Calgary-based pipeliner’s rating for environmental responsibility, The Energy Mix has learned.

Canada will meet its climate targets and “bend the curve” on emissions, while the United States enacts new incentives to make up for its failure to put a price on carbon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday during a last-minute appearance at a climate conference in downtown Ottawa.

Canada Will ‘Bend the Curve’ on Emissions, Keep Up with U.S. Incentives, Trudeau Says

Canada will meet its climate targets and “bend the curve” on emissions, while the United States enacts new incentives to make up for its failure to put a price on carbon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday during a last-minute appearance at a climate conference in downtown Ottawa.

Energy transition support in the federal government’s 2022 budget favoured carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS) over the best opportunities for rapid decarbonization, Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva told a Parliamentary committee Tuesday.

Ottawa Overspends on CCS, Neglects Worker Skills: Iron & Earth

Energy transition support in the federal government’s 2022 budget favoured carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS) over the best opportunities for rapid decarbonization, Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva told a Parliamentary committee Tuesday.

Canada is open to supporting “economically feasible” liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects to help countries like Germany reduce reliance on coal in the midst of a global energy crunch, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland told media Friday, at the close of annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, DC.

Canada Will Support ‘Economically Feasible’ LNG, Freeland Says

Canada is open to supporting “economically feasible” liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects to help countries like Germany reduce reliance on coal in the midst of a global energy crunch, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland told media Friday, at the close of annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, DC.

Canada's biggest oilsands companies have announced a conditional C$24.1-billion investment in a carbon capture and storage facility and pipeline along with other emissions reduction projects, just a week after an analysis showed them receiving $15 billion in federal subsidies so far this year.

Oilsands Alliance Demands Federal Backing for $24.1B CCS Project

Canada’s biggest oilsands companies have announced a conditional C$24.1-billion investment in a carbon capture and storage facility and pipeline along with other emissions reduction projects, just a week after an analysis showed them receiving $15 billion in federal subsidies so far this year.

The federal government is relying on “irrelevant” analysis and a “smokescreen” on public information to justify the $17 billion Canadian taxpayers are likely to pay for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline, a veteran analyst warns.

‘Smokescreen’ Masks $17B Taxpayer Cost for Trans Mountain Pipeline

The federal government is relying on “irrelevant” analysis and a “smokescreen” on public information to justify the $17 billion Canadian taxpayers are likely to pay for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline, a veteran analyst warns.

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Suncor Dumps Wind, Solar Projects to Boost CCS, Hydrogen

Suncor Energy Inc. says it is selling its wind and solar assets to Canadian Utilities Limited for $730 million.

Canada’s fossil industry saw its greenhouse gas emissions per barrel of oil extracted grow 3% between 2010 and 2020, even as oil and gas lobbyists insisted they were working to drive down their carbon footprint.

Oil Sands Led Rise in Fossil Emissions, Alberta ‘War Room’ Admits

Canada’s fossil industry saw its greenhouse gas emissions per barrel of oil extracted grow 3% between 2010 and 2020, even as oil and gas lobbyists insisted they were working to drive down their carbon footprint.

Canada’s biggest oil sands companies have benefitted to the tune of $4.3 billion since Alberta handed large corporations a ‘job creation’ tax cut three years ago, but those jobs never materialized, a new study has found.

No New Jobs Came from Alberta’s $4B ‘Job Creation’ Tax Cut for Big Oil

Canada’s biggest oil sands companies have benefitted to the tune of $4.3 billion since Alberta handed large corporations a ‘job creation’ tax cut three years ago, but those jobs never materialized, a new study has found.

The CEO of the pension fund for 375,000 public sector workers in Alberta was “misrepresenting” his organization’s policies last month when he spoke out against fossil fuel divestment, a watchdog group says.

AIMCo CEO Contradicts Policy with Fossil Investment Pitch, Watchdog Says

The CEO of the pension fund for 375,000 public sector workers in Alberta was “misrepresenting” his organization’s policies last month when he spoke out against fossil fuel divestment, a watchdog group says.

Methane leaking from the damaged Nord Stream pipelines is likely the biggest burst of the climate super-pollutant on record by far, and countries in the region suspect this week’s undersea explosions were a case of sabotage.

Record Methane Leak from Nord Stream Pipelines is ‘Catastrophic for Climate’

Methane leaking from the damaged Nord Stream pipelines is likely the biggest burst of the climate super-pollutant on record by far, and countries in the region suspect this week’s undersea explosions were a case of sabotage.

Even as a growing number of activists urge financial institutions to take action against climate change by reducing funding to the fossil fuel sector, executives with Canada's largest bank say the country won't reach its net-zero goals without the oil and gas sector.

Canada Can’t Hit Net-Zero Goals without Fossil Fuels, RBC Maintains

Even as a growing number of activists urge financial institutions to take action against climate change by reducing funding to the fossil fuel sector, executives with Canada’s largest bank say the country won’t reach its net-zero goals without the oil and gas sector.

The CEO of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) says divesting from fossil fuels is the opposite of what pension funds should be doing if they want to help solve the climate crisis.

Alberta Pension CEO Touts Fossil Investments to Cut Carbon

The CEO of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) says divesting from fossil fuels is the opposite of what pension funds should be doing if they want to help solve the climate crisis.

With a new report expected to reveal a massive increase in global oil pipeline construction, an analyst says Canada is running counter to public opinion and wider international trends by adding to the problem.

Canada Adds to Alarming Rise in Global Pipeline Construction

With a new report expected to reveal a massive increase in global oil pipeline construction, an analyst says Canada is running counter to public opinion and wider international trends by adding to the problem.

Canadian fossils are steadfastly refusing to invest significantly in new decarbonization projects, even though they’re flush with record amounts of cash, the Pembina Institute reports in a scathing analysis released last week.

Oilsands Alliance Failing to Invest in Carbon Cuts, Report Finds

Canadian fossils are steadfastly refusing to invest significantly in new decarbonization projects, even though they’re flush with record amounts of cash, the Pembina Institute reports in a scathing analysis released last week.

The TC Energy subsidiary building the controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline has received more than 50 warnings about environmental violations, CBC reports, citing the British Columbia government.

Coastal GasLink Pipeline Cited for 50 Environmental Violations

The TC Energy subsidiary building the controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline has received more than 50 warnings about environmental violations, CBC reports, citing the British Columbia government.

Chris Severson-Baker is the newly-appointed executive director of the Pembina Institute. In this feature interview, he talks about what it will take to turn climate plans and promises into real investments in faster, deeper carbon cuts.

Time to Deliver on Climate Pledges, Severson-Baker Says

Chris Severson-Baker is the newly-appointed executive director of the Pembina Institute. In this feature interview, he talks about what it will take to turn climate plans and promises into real investments in faster, deeper carbon cuts.

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Wisconsin Judge Backs Indigenous Band, Stops Short of Shutting Down Line 5 Pipeline

The Line 5 pipeline has won a stay of execution in Wisconsin, where a federal judge sided with an Indigenous group’s complaint but stopped short of ordering the controversial cross-border energy link shut down entirely.

June 28, 2020: Coutts, the private banker to Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the British royal family, has promised to drop its investments in the tar sands/oil sands, Arctic oil and gas exploration, and thermal coal extraction and generation, and to reduce the carbon intensity of its holdings 25% by the end of next year.

#TBT: Queen Elizabeth’s Banker Dumps Extreme Fossil Investments

June 28, 2020: Coutts, the private banker to Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the British royal family, has promised to drop its investments in the tar sands/oil sands, Arctic oil and gas exploration, and thermal coal extraction and generation, and to reduce the carbon intensity of its holdings 25% by the end of next year.

The Kremlin has declared it will stop shipping gas to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, prompting European leaders to propose price caps to cut into Russia’s financing for its war in Ukraine.

Russia Closes Gas Pipeline to Europe, Blames Western Sanctions

The Kremlin has declared it will stop shipping gas to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, prompting European leaders to propose price caps to cut into Russia’s financing for its war in Ukraine.

A northern Alberta First Nation has filed what experts say is the province's first lawsuit claiming cumulative effects from industry, agriculture, and settlements are so pervasive that they violate the band's treaty rights.

Alberta First Nation Sues Over Cumulative Impacts of Development

A northern Alberta First Nation has filed what experts say is the province’s first lawsuit claiming cumulative effects from industry, agriculture, and settlements are so pervasive that they violate the band’s treaty rights.

A new case study from Alberta shows that when regulators force the issue and producers of fossil fuels get serious, the companies can drastically reduce their methane emissions without any immediate reduction in their oil and gas extraction.

Fossils Can Cut Methane Emissions to ‘Near-Zero’ When Regulators Get Serious, Study Shows

A new case study from Alberta shows that when regulators force the issue and producers of fossil fuels get serious, the companies can drastically reduce their methane emissions without any immediate reduction in their oil and gas extraction.

For redlined communities like one in South Memphis, Tennessee, a win for grassroots advocates against environmental racism can be quickly followed by new threats and greater losses.

U.S. Utility Giant to Truck Toxic Coal Ash Through Black Neighbourhood in Memphis

For redlined communities like one in South Memphis, Tennessee, a win for grassroots advocates against environmental racism can be quickly followed by new threats and greater losses.

Environmental advocates celebrated when U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law earlier this month. But the joy is tempered by lingering caution about a murky side bargain purported to streamline oil and gas projects, Energy News Network reports.

People in Appalachia ‘Refuse to Be Sacrificed’ for Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline

Environmental advocates celebrated when U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law earlier this month. But the joy is tempered by lingering caution about a murky side bargain purported to streamline oil and gas projects, Energy News Network reports.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is visiting Canada this week while his country faces a level of energy supply risk that many Canadians would have trouble imagining.

Backgrounder: Russia’s War Triggers Fossil Energy Crisis for Germany, EU

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is visiting Canada this week while his country faces a level of energy supply risk that many Canadians would have trouble imagining.

An NDP Member of Parliament is hinting that his party’s continuing support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority government might hinge on a “big financial commitment” to a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities.

NDP Backing for Trudeau Government May Hinge on ‘Big Commitment’ to Just Transition

An NDP Member of Parliament is hinting that his party’s continuing support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority government might hinge on a “big financial commitment” to a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities.

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U.S. Judge Squashes Michigan’s Bid to Keep Line 5 Case Out of Federal Court

The international dispute over Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 pipeline belongs in federal court, a Michigan judge declared Thursday, dealing a critical blow to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bid to shut down the controversial cross-border oil and gas line.

With the European Union striving to slash its demand for Russian gas by two-thirds by the end of this year and end all its dependence on Russian fossil fuels by 2027, there’s no path for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada to help the continent meet its short-term energy needs, the International Institute for Sustainable Development concludes in a policy brief released Tuesday.

No Path for Canadian LNG Exports to Europe, IISD Analysis Concludes

With the European Union striving to slash its demand for Russian gas by two-thirds by the end of this year and end all its dependence on Russian fossil fuels by 2027, there’s no path for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada to help the continent meet its short-term energy needs, the International Institute for Sustainable Development concludes in a policy brief released Tuesday.

Releasing treated tar sands/oil sands tailings into the environment isn't the only solution being considered to clean up the massive toxic ponds in northern Alberta, federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says.

Guilbeault Considering Alternatives to Releasing Toxic Tailings into Athabasca River

Releasing treated tar sands/oil sands tailings into the environment isn’t the only solution being considered to clean up the massive toxic ponds in northern Alberta, federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says.

Canada’s four biggest fossil companies took home more than C$12.3 billion in profit between April and June of this year, thanks to an oil price surge driven largely by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

$12.3B in Profit over 3 Months as Big Fossils Reject Federal Emissions Cap

Canada’s four biggest fossil companies took home more than C$12.3 billion in profit between April and June of this year, thanks to an oil price surge driven largely by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Campaigners and local residents are using photos, video, and drone footage to document a Trans Mountain pipeline work site they say is impeding an early salmon run and leaving dead fish along the Coquihalla River in British Columbia.

Trans Mountain Work Site Blocks Early Salmon Run on Coquihalla River, Local Observers Say

Campaigners and local residents are using photos, video, and drone footage to document a Trans Mountain pipeline work site they say is impeding an early salmon run and leaving dead fish along the Coquihalla River in British Columbia.

This month’s EcoA Tip highlights some useful data showing who Canadians tend to blame for climate change. The research comes from a national survey conducted by EcoAnalytics, a non-profit initiative that provides data, analysis, and guidance to strengthen Canada’s environmental movement.

Focus Blame for Climate Change on Fossils and Governments, Ecoanalytics Advises

This month’s EcoA Tip highlights some useful data showing who Canadians tend to blame for climate change. The research comes from a national survey conducted by EcoAnalytics, a non-profit initiative that provides data, analysis, and guidance to strengthen Canada’s environmental movement.

As the burning of fossil fuels presents us with yet another summer of catastrophic impacts, the pressure is growing for pension funds to either phase out their oil, gas, coal, and pipeline assets or explain how they’re aligned with a safe retirement future for their beneficiaries. And Canada’s seventh-largest fund, the C$121-billion Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement System (OMERS), may be getting the memo, three of its members write for Corporate Knights.

Ontario Pension Giant May Be Getting the Memo on Fossil Divestment, Members Say

As the burning of fossil fuels presents us with yet another summer of catastrophic impacts, the pressure is growing for pension funds to either phase out their oil, gas, coal, and pipeline assets or explain how they’re aligned with a safe retirement future for their beneficiaries. And Canada’s seventh-largest fund, the C$121-billion Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (OMERS), may be getting the memo, three of its members write for Corporate Knights.

After a marathon series of votes that began just before midnight Saturday, the United States Senate adopted a US$369-billion climate and clean energy plan Sunday afternoon, the country’s biggest-ever investment in climate action.

BREAKING: U.S. Senate Passes Historic $369B Climate Package

After a marathon series of votes that began just before midnight Saturday, the United States Senate adopted a US$369-billion climate and clean energy plan Sunday afternoon, the country’s biggest-ever investment in climate action.

Canada’s biggest fossil companies are lining up to dismiss the federal government’s new emissions cap for their sector as “very aggressive” and “almost unrealistic”, even as Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault hastens to offer them flexibility and an extended deadline to hit the long-awaited target.

Fossils Dismiss Federal Emissions Cap as ‘Aggressive’, ‘Unrealistic’

Canada’s biggest fossil companies are lining up to dismiss the federal government’s new emissions cap for their sector as “very aggressive” and “almost unrealistic”, even as Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault hastens to offer them flexibility and an extended deadline to hit the long-awaited target.

Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity turned up the heat on swing-vote senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, a wider network of business groups stepped up to defend the deal, and environmental justice campaigners decried concessions to oil and gas as advocates absorbed the details of the $369.75-billion climate and clean energy package announced last week by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer.

Koch Network Pressures Manchin, Sinema as Advocates Praise ‘Game Changing’ Climate Deal

Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity turned up the heat on swing-vote senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, a wider network of business groups stepped up to defend the deal, and environmental justice campaigners decried concessions to oil and gas as advocates absorbed the details of the $369.75-billion climate and clean energy package announced last week by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer.

The projected cost of the contentious Coastal GasLink pipeline spanning northern British Columbia has skyrocketed 70% to C$11.2 billion in the wake of a freshly-inked deal between operator TC Energy Corporation and the group building a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal on the West Coast.

Coastal GasLink Cost Skyrockets 70% to $11.2B

The projected cost of the contentious Coastal GasLink pipeline spanning northern British Columbia has skyrocketed 70% to C$11.2 billion in the wake of a freshly-inked deal between operator TC Energy Corporation and the group building a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal on the West Coast.

With the Canada Energy Regulator still months away from completing its next projection of the country’s future oil and gas production, climate policy watchers are cautiously optimistic that the analysis will chart a real course for a low-carbon future—and rooting for the CER to get its modelling right.

‘Watchful Optimism’ from Climate Analysts as Canada Energy Regulator Plots Net-Zero Future

With the Canada Energy Regulator still months away from completing its next projection of the country’s future oil and gas production, climate policy watchers are cautiously optimistic that the analysis will chart a real course for a low-carbon future—and rooting for the CER to get its modelling right.

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‘Devil in the Details’ as Ottawa Releases Options for Oil and Gas Emissions Cap

An initial proposal for an oil and gas emissions cap that is a cornerstone of Canada’s 2030 climate strategy is generating glimmers of hope but early skepticism on all sides, after Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault opened public consultations on the plan earlier this week.

A heat emergency earlier this week in the U.S. Great Plains region forced the operator of the Keystone pipeline, Calgary-based TC Energy, to cut back its flow of what Bloomberg Markets calls a “crucial grade of oil” to refineries.

Keystone Pipeline Outage Coincides with Local Heat Wave, TC Energy Blames ‘Third-Party Damage’

A heat emergency earlier this week in the U.S. Great Plains region forced the operator of the Keystone pipeline, Calgary-based TC Energy, to cut back its flow of what Bloomberg Markets calls a “crucial grade of oil” to refineries.

Changes in global oil prices and markets will continue to destabilize jobs in Alberta, and declining oil demand due to the shift off carbon will have job impacts far beyond the province’s fossil sector without the right mix of just transition policies, an Oxford University research team concludes in a paper published this morning in the journal Climate Policy.

Oil’s Decline Endangers Jobs Far Beyond Alberta’s Fossil Sector, New Study Finds

Changes in global oil prices and markets will continue to destabilize jobs in Alberta, and declining oil demand due to the shift off carbon will have job impacts far beyond the province’s fossil sector without the right mix of just transition policies, an Oxford University research team concludes in a paper published this morning in the journal Climate Policy.

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Michigan Regulator Probes Safety Risks of Line 5 Pipeline Tunnel

A Michigan regulatory panel said Thursday it needs more information about safety risks before it can rule on Calgary-based Enbridge Energy’s plan to extend the Line 5 pipeline through a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The state Public Service Commission voted 3-0 to seek further details about the potential for explosions and fires involving […]

There will be no federal financing for two companies vying to export Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe from terminals on the East Coast, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a recent interview with the Globe and Mail.

BREAKING: No Public Finance for East Coast LNG Projects, Wilkinson Says

There will be no federal financing for two companies vying to export Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe from terminals on the East Coast, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a recent interview with the Globe and Mail.

A scathing budget analysis and a new lawsuit alleging police harassment produced a day of bad news Wednesday for the Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink pipelines in British Columbia.

Trans Mountain Pipeline On Track to Lose $600 Million, Parliamentary Budget Officer Finds

A scathing budget analysis and a new lawsuit alleging police harassment produced a day of bad news Wednesday for the Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink pipelines in British Columbia.

Wet’suwet’en land defenders are facing the threat of criminal records for their idealistic fight to save precious sacred resources for all of us, writes guest author Susan Tanner.

Opinion: Obsolete Law Being Applied to Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

Wet’suwet’en land defenders are facing the threat of criminal records for their idealistic fight to save precious sacred resources for all of us, writes guest author Susan Tanner.

Internal analysis by federal officials raises tough questions about whether the Canadian fossil industry can achieve the 81 megatonnes of emissions cuts the Trudeau government has promised by 2030 without cutting production, according to confidential documents obtained by the Globe and Mail.

Fossils Won’t Hit 2030 Carbon Target Without Cutting Production, Federal Analysis Shows

Internal analysis by federal officials raises tough questions about whether the Canadian fossil industry can achieve the 81 megatonnes of emissions cuts the Trudeau government has promised by 2030 without cutting production, according to confidential documents obtained by the Globe and Mail.

British colossal fossil BP is exiting the Alberta tar sands/oil sands to focus on offshore oil development instead.

Colossal Fossil BP Departs Oil Sands, Takes Cenovus’ Stake in Bay du Nord

British colossal fossil BP is exiting the Alberta tar sands/oil sands to focus on offshore oil development instead.

An “unlikely” alliance of rural conservatives, environmentalists, and Indigenous groups is resisting the potential use of the eminent domain doctrine—a legal tool that allows private land to be seized for perceived public good—to build America’s largest carbon dioxide pipeline.

Farmers, Indigenous Groups, Environmentalists Unite Against Midwest CO2 Pipeline

An “unlikely” alliance of rural conservatives, environmentalists, and Indigenous groups is resisting the potential use of the eminent domain doctrine—a legal tool that allows private land to be seized for perceived public good—to build America’s largest carbon dioxide pipeline.

Public health doctor, pipeline protester, and renowned tree-sitter Tim Takaro doesn’t deserve four weeks in prison for violating a court injunction against blocking construction of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, climate communicator James Boothroyd writes in an op ed for the Toronto Star.

Takaro Doesn’t Deserve Prison for Tree-Sitting Pipeline Protest, Boothroyd Argues

Public health doctor, pipeline protester, and renowned tree-sitter Tim Takaro doesn’t deserve four weeks in prison for violating a court injunction against blocking construction of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, climate communicator James Boothroyd writes in an op ed for the Toronto Star.

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Line 5 Closure Brings Negligible Rise in Gas Prices, Enbridge Consultant Finds

A consulting report for Enbridge Inc. estimates the closure of the Line 5 pipeline would lead to an increase of one to two cents per litre in gasoline prices for Ontarians and Quebecers, a revelation that has reignited debate on the true economic impacts of shuttering an aging pipeline with very clear environmental risks.

Alberta's energy minister is warning that anything resembling the United Kingdom’s windfall profits tax on oil and gas companies must not be implemented in Canada, adding that any federal action in that direction would be an “extreme act of aggression”.

‘Extreme Act of Aggression’: Alberta Warns Ottawa Against Windfall Profit Tax on Fossils

Alberta’s energy minister is warning that anything resembling the United Kingdom’s windfall profits tax on oil and gas companies must not be implemented in Canada, adding that any federal action in that direction would be an “extreme act of aggression”.

The European Union’s plan to build new natural gas infrastructure is illegal under its own climate laws and won’t solve the fossil energy crunch triggered by Russia’s war in Ukraine, climate lawyers with London, UK-based Client Earth are arguing.

EU’s Plans for New Gas Infrastructure Breach Climate Rules, Lawyers Say

The European Union’s plan to build new natural gas infrastructure is illegal under its own climate laws and won’t solve the fossil energy crunch triggered by Russia’s war in Ukraine, climate lawyers with London, UK-based Client Earth are arguing.

Environmental groups are warning that the 1,200-kilometre Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea could become an environmental hazard and a source of atmospheric methane if it is left to decay after stopping routine service and maintenance.

Dismantle Nord Stream 2 Pipeline to Head Off Ecological Damage, EU Groups Urge

Environmental groups are warning that the 1,200-kilometre Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea could become an environmental hazard and a source of atmospheric methane if it is left to decay after stopping routine service and maintenance.

The 2,000-pound gorilla on Ottawa’s lobbying circuit is a little bit lighter today, after the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) laid off three of its senior executives.

Canadian Fossil Lobby Lays Off Three Senior Execs

The 2,000-pound gorilla on Ottawa’s lobbying circuit is a little bit lighter today, after the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) laid off three of its senior executives.

B.C. Charges 15 Wet’suwet’en Defenders with Criminal Contempt

B.C. Charges 15 Wet’suwet’en Defenders with Criminal Contempt

The British Columbia Prosecution Service said 15 people are being charged with criminal contempt of court following protests last fall over a natural gas pipeline being built near Houston in northern B.C. Those charged are alleged to have breached a B.C. Supreme Court injunction granted to the controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline in 2019 that prohibited […]

As the European Union rushes to wean itself off fossil fuels from Russia, it is exploring a “you collect/we buy” scheme to import more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Algeria, while simultaneously addressing massive methane leaks in the North African nation’s facilities.

EU Turns to Methane-Leaking Algeria in Bid to Cut Russian Fuel Imports

As the European Union rushes to wean itself off fossil fuels from Russia, it is exploring a “you collect/we buy” scheme to import more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Algeria, while simultaneously addressing massive methane leaks in the North African nation’s facilities.

The decision by Canada’s six biggest banks to sink another $10 billion into the troubled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is no surprise after a federal loan guarantee made it a straightforward business decision to back the project, says the financial analyst who accurately predicted the decision 2½ months ago.

Federal Backing Made Bankers’ $10B Pipeline Loan an Easy Decision, Analyst Says

The decision by Canada’s six biggest banks to sink another $10 billion into the troubled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is no surprise after a federal loan guarantee made it a straightforward business decision to back the project, says the financial analyst who accurately predicted the decision 2½ months ago.

The officially disclosed carbon footprints of Canada's largest oil companies could balloon in size if tough new climate rules proposed earlier this year by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission come into effect.

U.S. Rules Could Change the Way Canadian Fossils Report Carbon Emissions

The officially disclosed carbon footprints of Canada’s largest oil companies could balloon in size if tough new climate rules proposed earlier this year by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission come into effect.

The Biden administration has become the latest target of the Alberta government’s enduring sense of grievance, after Ambassador David Cohen declared a “return to civility” following the Trump years but expressed skepticism about increasing his country’s imports of Canadian oil and gas.

U.S. Ambassador Draws Alberta’s Ire by Favouring ‘Cleaner Energy’

The Biden administration has become the latest target of the Alberta government’s enduring sense of grievance, after Ambassador David Cohen declared a “return to civility” following the Trump years but expressed skepticism about increasing his country’s imports of Canadian oil and gas.

Forty years of largely unregulated growth have left 1.4 trillion litres of toxic tar sands/oil sands tailings sloshing around in “ponds” on the shores of the Athabasca River, devastating ecosystems and First Nations communities with neither plan nor budget for reclamation, says a new report from Environmental Defence.

Alberta Oil Operations Leak Billions of Litres of Toxic Waste Per Year, Study Finds

Forty years of largely unregulated growth have left 1.4 trillion litres of toxic tar sands/oil sands tailings sloshing around in “ponds” on the shores of the Athabasca River, devastating ecosystems and First Nations communities with neither plan nor budget for reclamation, says a new report from Environmental Defence.

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Alberta Fossils Log Emission Cuts by Exporting Them

The current linchpin in Canadian Big Oil’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 is its apparent success at reducing the emissions intensity of each barrel of oil produced, a claim that relies on a form of creative accounting that treats a tonne of emissions exported to another country as a tonne removed from the atmosphere.

Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool that could jeopardize worldwide efforts to protect the climate, and they’re starting to use it. The result could cost countries that press ahead with those efforts billions of dollars.

Trade Protection for Fossils Could Add Hundreds of Billions to Cost of Climate Action

Fossil fuel companies have access to an obscure legal tool that could jeopardize worldwide efforts to protect the climate, and they’re starting to use it. The result could cost countries that press ahead with those efforts billions of dollars.

The federal government has approved a new, approximately C$10-billion loan guarantee for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a move it says is common practice and does not reflect any additional public funding for the high-profile, over-budget oil pipeline.

$10B Loan Guarantee for Trans Mountain Pipeline is Latest Federal Subsidy, Critics Say

The federal government has approved a new, approximately C$10-billion loan guarantee for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a move it says is common practice and does not reflect any additional public funding for the high-profile, over-budget oil pipeline.

Alberta's top court said Tuesday the federal government's environmental impact law is unconstitutional, and Ottawa almost immediately announced its plan to appeal.

Ottawa to Appeal After Alberta’s Top Court Rules Against Impact Assessment Act

Alberta’s top court said Tuesday the federal government’s environmental impact law is unconstitutional, and Ottawa almost immediately announced its plan to appeal.

Lack of corporate transparency about climate-related exposure will allow the Canadian economy to continue growing in a “climate bubble”—until the bubble suddenly bursts, wreaking economic destabilization and damage.

Fossils Want to Limit, Delay Climate Transparency

Lack of corporate transparency about climate-related exposure will allow the Canadian economy to continue growing in a “climate bubble”—until the bubble suddenly bursts, wreaking economic destabilization and damage.

A gas pipeline in Texas released enough methane in just over an hour in mid-March to equal the climate impact of running 16,000 internal combustion cars for a year.

69-Minute Pipeline Leak Releases 900 Tonnes of Methane

A gas pipeline in Texas released enough methane in just over an hour in mid-March to equal the climate impact of running 16,000 internal combustion cars for a year.

Canada's big oil companies are making record profits this year and should be investing some of that extra cash to curb their greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Thursday.

No More Federal Funds for CCS, Guilbeault Says, as Fossils Report Record Profits

Canada’s big oil companies are making record profits this year and should be investing some of that extra cash to curb their greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Thursday.

A Wisconsin Indigenous band is seeking a permit to immediately evict the Line 5 pipeline from its land, creating a second shutdown risk for a piece of fossil infrastructure that has already faced closure threats from the Michigan government, as well as other Indigenous and environmental groups.

Wisconsin Band Seeks Ruling to Evict Enbridge Line 5 from Indigenous Territory

A Wisconsin Indigenous band is seeking a permit to immediately evict the Line 5 pipeline from its land, creating a second shutdown risk for a piece of fossil infrastructure that has already faced closure threats from the Michigan government, as well as other Indigenous and environmental groups.

The head of Canadian pipeline giant TC Energy says the company sees a future opportunity in providing what’s described as “small-scale” nuclear power for Alberta's tar sands/oil sands.

TC Energy Wants to Supply ‘Small-Scale’ Nuclear Reactors to Alberta Tar Sands/Oil Sands

The head of Canadian pipeline giant TC Energy says the company sees a future opportunity in providing what’s described as “small-scale” nuclear power for Alberta’s tar sands/oil sands.

The world’s fifth-largest insurance company, Munich-based Allianz, is withdrawing coverage and investment dollars from a wide swath of fossil fuel projects as of next year, and will stop insuring its existing fossil clients when their policies come up for renewal.

Insurance Giant Allianz Sets Oil and Gas Exit Strategy

The world’s fifth-largest insurance company, Munich-based Allianz, is withdrawing coverage and investment dollars from a wide swath of fossil fuel projects as of next year, and will stop insuring its existing fossil clients when their policies come up for renewal.

Most Canadian politicians still don’t understand the most important thing about fossil fuel subsidies, writes UNB's Jason MacLean: Eliminating all financial support for the fossil fuel industry is a necessary first step in completely phasing out fossil production and consumption in Canada.

May 3 Day of Action Pushes Canada to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Most Canadian politicians still don’t understand the most important thing about fossil fuel subsidies, writes UNB’s Jason MacLean: Eliminating all financial support for the fossil fuel industry is a necessary first step in completely phasing out fossil production and consumption in Canada.

Divest from the Coastal GasLink pipeline or Hollywood will divest from you was the message for the Royal Bank of Canada, delivered last week by Office of the Wet’suwet’en spokesperson Sleydo’ Molly Wickham and climate activist and actor Mark Ruffalo.

Wet’suwet’en, Hollywood Team Up to Demand RBC Divest from Coastal GasLink Pipeline

Divest from the Coastal GasLink pipeline or Hollywood will divest from you was the message for the Royal Bank of Canada, delivered last week by Office of the Wet’suwet’en spokesperson Sleydo’ Molly Wickham and climate activist and actor Mark Ruffalo.

The intensely controversial investment tax credit unveiled by the federal government earlier this month isn't enough to convince Canada's major tar sands/oil sands producers to begin construction on a proposed massive carbon capture and storage transportation line, the chief executive of Cenovus Energy Inc. said Wednesday.

Lavish CCUS Subsidy Still Not Enough to Motivate Fossils, Cenovus CEO Says

The intensely controversial investment tax credit unveiled by the federal government earlier this month isn’t enough to convince Canada’s major tar sands/oil sands producers to begin construction on a proposed massive carbon capture and storage transportation line, the chief executive of Cenovus Energy Inc. said Wednesday.

A private email shows a Conservative MP from Alberta calling an NDP-initiated study into the relationship between resource development and increased violence against Indigenous women and girls “disgraceful.”

‘Disgraceful’ to Study Resource Sector Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls, Conservative MP Says

A private email shows a Conservative MP from Alberta calling an NDP-initiated study into the relationship between resource development and increased violence against Indigenous women and girls “disgraceful.”

A decision just a decade ago to invest heavily in the Alberta tar sands/oil sands has turned out to be a big liability for the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)—and now the company is looking to sell off its Long Lake and Hangingstone operations before being hit by sanctions related to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Zest for Tar Sands/Oil Sands Fades as CNOOC Looks to Exit Alberta

A decision just a decade ago to invest heavily in the Alberta tar sands/oil sands has turned out to be a big liability for the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)—and now the company is looking to sell off its Long Lake and Hangingstone operations before being hit by sanctions related to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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Michigan to Consider Climate Impacts in Assessing Line 5 Pipeline Tunnel

In an administrative first, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has announced it will consider the climate impacts of the four-mile (6.5-kilometre) tunnel that Calgary-based Enbridge is proposing to build beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house the controversial Line 5 pipeline.

South African fuel and chemicals giant Sasol Ltd. is stepping away from plans to invest in a new pipeline from northern Mozambique, for fear that it will end up saddled a stranded asset in a decarbonizing world.

Sasol Nixes Investment in New Pipeline Over Stranded Asset Risk

South African fuel and chemicals giant Sasol Ltd. is stepping away from plans to invest in a new pipeline from northern Mozambique, for fear that it will end up saddled a stranded asset in a decarbonizing world.

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 66 million tonnes during the first year of the pandemic. But not all of those gains likely survived the economic recovery in 2021, and only a small share of the emission cuts came from the Alberta tar sands/oil sands, according to the government’s latest National Inventory Report released late last week.

Pandemic Year Cuts Canada’s Emissions 9%, Oil Sands Show Only Modest Drop

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 66 million tonnes during the first year of the pandemic. But not all of those gains likely survived the economic recovery in 2021, and only a small share of the emission cuts came from the Alberta tar sands/oil sands, according to the government’s latest National Inventory Report released late last week.

In what campaigners are calling a world first, Quebec’s National Assembly voted Tuesday afternoon to ban new oil and gas exploration and shut down existing drill sites within three years, even as the promoters behind the failed Énergie Saguenay liquefied natural gas (LNG) project try to revive it as a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Quebec Becomes World’s First Jurisdiction to Ban Oil and Gas Exploration

In what campaigners are calling a world first, Quebec’s National Assembly voted Tuesday afternoon to ban new oil and gas exploration and shut down existing drill sites within three years, even as the promoters behind the failed Énergie Saguenay liquefied natural gas (LNG) project try to revive it as a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In the hours and days after Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled a budget that promised $7.1 billion in subsidies for carbon capture and storage (CCUS) technology, one of the most intriguing questions was whether the government was finally calling the fossil industry’s bluff on emission reductions—whether or not it meant to.

Is CCUS Tax Credit the ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ Moment for Canadian Fossils?

In the hours and days after Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled a budget that promised $7.1 billion in subsidies for carbon capture and storage (CCUS) technology, one of the most intriguing questions was whether the government was finally calling the fossil industry’s bluff on emission reductions—whether or not it meant to.

The European Union’s fuel supply options carry different implications for the climate, according to a life cycle assessment released while the continent is rethinking energy policy from between the rock of Russia’s war on Ukraine and the hard place of a looming energy supply crisis.

EU LNG Imports Produce Fewer Emissions than Russia’s Piped Gas

The European Union’s fuel supply options carry different implications for the climate, according to a life cycle assessment released while the continent is rethinking energy policy from between the rock of Russia’s war on Ukraine and the hard place of a looming energy supply crisis.

The Alberta government has released recovery plans for two herds of threatened caribou in the province's north that it says will bring the amount of usable habitat on their ranges up to the level required by a deal signed with Ottawa, The Canadian Press reports.

Alberta Caribou Recovery Plan Delays Tough Decisions by a Decade

The Alberta government has released recovery plans for two herds of threatened caribou in the province’s north that it says will bring the amount of usable habitat on their ranges up to the level required by a deal signed with Ottawa, The Canadian Press reports.

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) has “solidified its position as a climate leader among Canadian pension funds,” but still isn’t fully heeding its members’ calls to invest in a climate-safe future, according to an independent analysis of its annual report released late last month.

Ontario Pension Plan Cited as Climate Leader, Still Falls Short on Emissions Disclosure

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) has “solidified its position as a climate leader among Canadian pension funds,” but still isn’t fully heeding its members’ calls to invest in a climate-safe future, according to an independent analysis of its annual report released late last month.

Amid pushback from industry groups and both Republican and Democratic politicians, U.S. energy regulators scaled back plans late last month to consider how natural gas projects affect climate change and environmental justice.

U.S. Regulator Walks Back Plan to Assess Gas Projects for Climate, Environmental Justice Impacts

Amid pushback from industry groups and both Republican and Democratic politicians, U.S. energy regulators scaled back plans late last month to consider how natural gas projects affect climate change and environmental justice.

Fossil investment from the world’s 60 biggest banks hit US$4.6 trillion in the six years since the Paris climate agreement was signed, while the Royal Bank of Canada and TD Bank led a 51% increase in tar sands/oil sands investment last year, according to the latest edition of the annual Banking on Climate Chaos report released Wednesday.

RBC, TD Lead 51% Rise in Tar Sands/Oil Sands Investment as Biggest Banks Fund Climate Chaos

Fossil investment from the world’s 60 biggest banks hit US$4.6 trillion in the six years since the Paris climate agreement was signed, while the Royal Bank of Canada and TD Bank led a 51% increase in tar sands/oil sands investment last year, according to the latest edition of the annual Banking on Climate Chaos report released Wednesday.

Canada's oil and gas industry says it’s been left in the dark about exactly how much it will be required to reduce its emissions in the coming decade, after the federal government’s new Emissions Reduction Plan made it clear that fossils must bring their carbon pollution down 42% from 2019 levels by 2030.

Fossils Fret About ‘Uncertainty’ in Federal Emissions Plan

Canada’s oil and gas industry says it’s been left in the dark about exactly how much it will be required to reduce its emissions in the coming decade, after the federal government’s new Emissions Reduction Plan made it clear that fossils must bring their carbon pollution down 42% from 2019 levels by 2030.

The fossil and transportation sectors get a relatively free ride and electricity producers do the most to decarbonize in the much-anticipated 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan released yesterday by Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Easier Ride for Fossils, But $9.1B in Climate Funding as Ottawa Releases 2030 Plan

The fossil and transportation sectors get a relatively free ride and electricity producers do the most to decarbonize in the much-anticipated 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan released yesterday by Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault.

With the federal government’s new Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) due for release any day, news commentary is focusing on the central role of oil and gas in hitting the 2030 target—and what it’ll cost taxpayers to secure the industry’s cooperation.

Analysis: ‘Sink or Swim Time’ for Fossil Emissions May Hinge on Lavish Federal Subsidies

With the federal government’s new Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) due for release any day, news commentary is focusing on the central role of oil and gas in hitting the 2030 target—and what it’ll cost taxpayers to secure the industry’s cooperation.

Federal financial institutions and federal-regulated entities would have to line up their investment activities with Canada’s climate commitments under Bill S-243, the Climate-Aligned Finance Act introduced in Senate yesterday by Sen. Rosa Galvez (ISG-Quebec).

New Senate Bill Targets Financial Institutions that ‘Fuel Climate Risk’

Federal financial institutions and federal-regulated entities would have to line up their investment activities with Canada’s climate commitments under Bill S-243, the Climate-Aligned Finance Act introduced in Senate yesterday by Sen. Rosa Galvez (ISG-Quebec).

Although many of the world’s biggest financial institutions have been vocal about their climate commitments, fewer than half of them have introduced policies to restrict new oil and gas investments or phase out existing ones, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis released earlier this week by Reclaim Finance and more than a dozen advocacy groups.

Big Banks, Insurers Fail to Back Net-Zero Promises with Oil and Gas Restrictions

Although many of the world’s biggest financial institutions have been vocal about their climate commitments, fewer than half of them have introduced policies to restrict new oil and gas investments or phase out existing ones, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis released earlier this week by Reclaim Finance and more than a dozen advocacy groups.

Canada’s long-awaited 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) must set legally-binding limits for the oil and gas industry that are “coherent with national targets”, since “other sectors would be required to do even more for Canada to achieve its target” if fossils failed to pull their weight, the country’s Net-Zero Advisory Body said in its official advice to the government earlier this week.

Fossils Must Pull Their Weight, Cut Emissions 45% This Decade, Analysts Say

Canada’s long-awaited 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) must set legally-binding limits for the oil and gas industry that are “coherent with national targets”, since “other sectors would be required to do even more for Canada to achieve its target” if fossils failed to pull their weight, the country’s Net-Zero Advisory Body said in its official advice to the government earlier this week.

Iron & Earth has launched a new online tool to help Canadian fossil fuel workers move into careers in the net-zero economy, matching their skills to trades and administration positions in wind, solar, energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging, and more.

New Online Tool Matches Canadian Oil and Gas Workers With Renewables Jobs

Iron & Earth has launched a new online tool to help Canadian fossil fuel workers move into careers in the net-zero economy, matching their skills to trades and administration positions in wind, solar, energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging, and more.

The damage to public groundwater resources in Minnesota from missteps during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline is more severe than previously known, state environmental regulators said earlier this week.

Groundwater Breaks During Line 3 Construction Release 200 Million Gallons Near Minnesota Indigenous Reservation

The damage to public groundwater resources in Minnesota from missteps during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline is more severe than previously known, state environmental regulators said earlier this week.

The federal Liberals and New Democrats must make good use of the next three-plus years of political stability by embracing more decisive climate action than they promised in the supply and confidence agreement (CSA) unveiled yesterday, leading climate policy analysts have told The Energy Mix.

Liberal-NDP Deal Delivers More Stability, Not Enough Climate Action, Analysts Warn

The federal Liberals and New Democrats must make good use of the next three-plus years of political stability by embracing more decisive climate action than they promised in the supply and confidence agreement (CSA) unveiled yesterday, leading climate policy analysts have told The Energy Mix.

The contentious Trans Mountain pipeline project could be the “modern-day economic version of a smallpox blanket,” the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs warned last week, in an open letter to the several Indigenous consortia that are lining up for a possible financial stake in the project.

TMX is ‘Economic Version of Smallpox Blanket’ for Indigenous Buyers, UBCIC Warns

The contentious Trans Mountain pipeline project could be the “modern-day economic version of a smallpox blanket,” the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs warned last week, in an open letter to the several Indigenous consortia that are lining up for a possible financial stake in the project.

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Chambers of Commerce Back Line 5 Pipeline as Michigan AG Scorches Corporate ‘Propaganda’

Business leaders from the United States and Canada are again wading into the fray over Line 5, citing the energy crisis brought on by Russia’s war in Ukraine to accuse the state of Michigan of dragging its heels to keep the controversial cross-border pipeline in a state of legal limbo.

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Fund Renewables Transition with Record Oil and Gas Profits, Columnist Urges

With oil prices soaring, Canada’s fossil industry is reaping record profits that ought to be invested in a low-carbon transition, not spent as returns for shareholders, says a Montreal-based finance professor who’s urging the feds to force the sector’s hand—to address the climate crisis, and for the workers who will inevitably suffer when fossil fortunes tank.

Steelworkers in Regina and politicians at all levels were scrambling to assess the local implications Friday after the federal government extended its Ukraine sanctions list to include Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, a close associate of Vladimir Putin and part owner of the steel mill that produced pipe for the Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink pipelines.

Russian Oligarch Facing Ukraine Sanctions Supplied Trans Mountain, Coastal GasLink Pipelines

Steelworkers in Regina and politicians at all levels were scrambling to assess the local implications Friday after the federal government extended its Ukraine sanctions list to include Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, a close associate of Vladimir Putin and part owner of the steel mill that produced pipe for the Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink pipelines.

Oil and gas companies and lobby groups in Canada are heavily investing in campaigns to present themselves as defenders of Indigenous interests in the face of high-profile protests against a controversial natural gas pipeline on First Nation land, a new investigation by Eco-Bot.Net and the Guardian has found.

TC Energy Spends Big on ‘Indigenous-Washing’ for Coastal GasLink Pipeline

Oil and gas companies and lobby groups in Canada are heavily investing in campaigns to present themselves as defenders of Indigenous interests in the face of high-profile protests against a controversial natural gas pipeline on First Nation land, a new investigation by Eco-Bot.Net and the Guardian has found.

The Trudeau government may be left with big gaps in its 2030 climate strategy if it delays its oil and gas emissions cap until 2023, or holds off on setting tough carbon reduction targets for the industry, according to news reports this week.

2030 Climate Plan May Fail Without Faster Emissions Cap, Deeper Cuts for Fossils, Analysts Warn

The Trudeau government may be left with big gaps in its 2030 climate strategy if it delays its oil and gas emissions cap until 2023, or holds off on setting tough carbon reduction targets for the industry, according to news reports this week.

Just two weeks after Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland declared that no more federal tax dollars will go into the financially troubled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, analysts are warning that investors won’t touch the C$21.4-billion megaproject without government backing.

Trans Mountain Won’t Get Investors without Government Guarantee, IEEFA Concludes

Just two weeks after Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland declared that no more federal tax dollars will go into the financially troubled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, analysts are warning that investors won’t touch the C$21.4-billion megaproject without government backing.

Sixteen Indigenous communities along the Coastal GasLink pipeline route have signed option agreements for an equity stake in the project, a move that one Indigenous leader hopes will set a precedent for future energy infrastructure projects in Canada.

16 First Nations Sign Up for 10% Share of Coastal GasLink Pipeline

Sixteen Indigenous communities along the Coastal GasLink pipeline route have signed option agreements for an equity stake in the project, a move that one Indigenous leader hopes will set a precedent for future energy infrastructure projects in Canada.

Following a dramatic pledge yesterday to reduce its dependence on Russian gas by 65% this year and phase out all Russian fossil fuels “well before 2030”, the European Union is under pressure to replace gas from all sources through a rapid transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

EU to Cut Russian Gas Use 65% This Year as Analysts Urge Faster Shift to Renewables

Following a dramatic pledge yesterday to reduce its dependence on Russian gas by 65% this year and phase out all Russian fossil fuels “well before 2030”, the European Union is under pressure to replace gas from all sources through a rapid transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The prospect of a new tax credit for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology in this year’s federal budget has battle lines drawn across the Canadian climate community, with sharp disagreements on whether fossil companies should qualify for taxpayer support and a former federal environment minister maintaining it’s time for them to pay their own way.

Climate Hawks Fracture on CCS Subsidy, McKenna Questions Tax Credit as Federal Budget Looms

The prospect of a new tax credit for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology in this year’s federal budget has battle lines drawn across the Canadian climate community, with sharp disagreements on whether fossil companies should qualify for taxpayer support and a former federal environment minister maintaining it’s time for them to pay their own way.

With Vladimir Putin’s devastating war in Ukraine now well into its second week, news coverage and commentary are turning to the steps other European countries can take to break their dependence on Russian oil and gas, once and for all.

Analysis: From Gas to Renewables to Efficiency, Putin’s War Has EU Scrambling for Energy Independence

With Vladimir Putin’s devastating war in Ukraine now well into its second week, news coverage and commentary are turning to the steps other European countries can take to break their dependence on Russian oil and gas, once and for all.

In light of the Canadian federal government's decision to not provide additional funding for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust is calling the viability of the pipeline a “delusion,” and reaffirming its position that the project needs to be halted.

Latest Cost Hike Makes Trans Mountain a ‘Delusion’, Tsleil-Waututh Say

In light of the Canadian federal government’s decision to not provide additional funding for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust is calling the viability of the pipeline a “delusion,” and reaffirming its position that the project needs to be halted.

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Conservative ‘Climate Hawk’ Pitches New Gas Pipelines to Counter Putin’s Aggression

Parliament spent a good part of its day yesterday debating whether fast-tracking new pipelines to the Atlantic coast would help displace Russian natural gas in Europe, after Conservative foreign affairs critic and repeat GreenPAC endorsee Michael Chong tabled a motion positioning Canadian fossil fuel production as a response to Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

Ukraine energy and civil society organizations called for an end to the “global fossil fuel addiction that feeds Putin’s war machine” Wednesday, less than 48 hours before the advance of that war machine left a fire burning on the site of Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant, the Zaporizhzhia facility in the coastal city of Enerhodar.

Ukrainian Advocates Urge End to Fossil Addiction as Attack Sets Nuclear Plant Site on Fire

Ukraine energy and civil society organizations called for an end to the “global fossil fuel addiction that feeds Putin’s war machine” Wednesday, less than 48 hours before the advance of that war machine left a fire burning on the site of Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant, the Zaporizhzhia facility in the coastal city of Enerhodar.

Canada cannot realistically expect to hit its current target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 to 45% by 2030, and should instead set a more modest goal while leaning heavily on the electricity and fossil fuel sectors for deep carbon cuts during this decade, a new think tank report concludes this week.

Think Tank Calls for Steep Carbon Cuts in Fossil and Power Sectors, Says Canada Will Still Miss 2030 Goal

Canada cannot realistically expect to hit its current target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 to 45% by 2030, and should instead set a more modest goal while leaning heavily on the electricity and fossil fuel sectors for deep carbon cuts during this decade, a new think tank report concludes this week.

The Swiss-based company behind the US$11-billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has declared bankruptcy and laid off all its staff, after Germany suspended final certification of the intensely controversial project in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the United States followed with economic sanctions.

Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline Files for Bankruptcy

The Swiss-based company behind the US$11-billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has declared bankruptcy and laid off all its staff, after Germany suspended final certification of the intensely controversial project in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the United States followed with economic sanctions.

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth day, with colossal fossil BP pulling its US$14-billion investment in state oil company Rosneft, analysts are pointing to fossil fuels as both a cause and a beneficiary of an intense and brutal war, while others urge a faster transition to renewable energy as an antidote to Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

Analysis: Fossil Fuel Demand Funds Ukraine War as Putin Grabs for Influence

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth day, with colossal fossil BP pulling its US$14-billion investment in state oil company Rosneft, analysts are pointing to fossil fuels as both a cause and a beneficiary of an intense and brutal war, while others urge a faster transition to renewable energy as an antidote to Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

The climate emergency was pushed to the back burner in international relations and oil prices hit US$105 per barrel this week after Russian President Vladimir Putin capped weeks of escalating tensions by launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Putin’s War in Ukraine Displaces Climate as Top Concern, Drives Oil Prices to 8-Year High

The climate emergency was pushed to the back burner in international relations and oil prices hit US$105 per barrel this week after Russian President Vladimir Putin capped weeks of escalating tensions by launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The operator of the contested Dakota Access pipeline in North and South Dakota has failed in its effort to sidestep a new environmental review that could ultimately shut it down, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Dakota Access Pipeline Headed for Environmental Review After Striking Out at U.S. Supreme Court

The operator of the contested Dakota Access pipeline in North and South Dakota has failed in its effort to sidestep a new environmental review that could ultimately shut it down, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Earlier this month, as speculation that Russia was preparing to invade Ukraine mounted, ABC News reported that “the spectre of a military confrontation” was “pumping fresh life into the debate over whether U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate agenda is brushing up against difficult geopolitical realities.”

Gas Pipeline, Severe Drought Bring Climate Dimensions to Ukraine Crisis

Earlier this month, as speculation that Russia was preparing to invade Ukraine mounted, ABC News reported that “the spectre of a military confrontation” was “pumping fresh life into the debate over whether U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate agenda is brushing up against difficult geopolitical realities.”

There’s virtually no chance private financiers will put up billions of dollars to complete the Trans Mountain pipeline without a federal loan guarantee, analysts say, despite Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s assurance Friday that “no additional public money” will be invested in a project whose cost has now ballooned from $5.4 to $21.4 billion.

‘Out of Control’ Trans Mountain Pipeline Will Cost $21.4B, Still Need Taxpayers to Back Private Investors

There’s virtually no chance private financiers will put up billions of dollars to complete the Trans Mountain pipeline without a federal loan guarantee, analysts say, despite Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s assurance Friday that “no additional public money” will be invested in a project whose cost has now ballooned from $5.4 to $21.4 billion.

A hereditary chief of the Wet’suwet’en Nation is condemning a violent attack on a Coastal GasLink work site near Houston, British Columbia in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Wet’suwet’en Condemn Work Site Attack as Coastal GasLink Reports Project Delays, Rising Costs

A hereditary chief of the Wet’suwet’en Nation is condemning a violent attack on a Coastal GasLink work site near Houston, British Columbia in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Alberta will toughen its emissions standards and close a loophole that would have allowed tar sands/oil sands companies to gain financially from their emissions.

Alberta To Toughen Emissions Standards For Big Tar Sands/Oil Sands Polluters

Alberta will toughen its emissions standards and close a loophole that would have allowed tar sands/oil sands companies to gain financially from their emissions.

The U.S. regulator responsible for natural gas infrastructure is taking a closer look at whether new projects are needed and how they affect people and the environment, and floating new policy to address the climate impact of fossil gas development.

FERC Introduces Tougher Impact Assessments, New Climate Rules for Gas Infrastructure

The U.S. regulator responsible for natural gas infrastructure is taking a closer look at whether new projects are needed and how they affect people and the environment, and floating new policy to address the climate impact of fossil gas development.

A shareholder vote will decide whether the Royal Bank of Canada should tighten up its standards for sustainable finance, after a deal last year in which it helped Calgary-based Enbridge issue a sustainability-linked loan and bond while building a new section of its controversial Line 3 pipeline.

RBC Shareholder Vote to Challenge ‘Green Coat of Paint on Business-as-Usual’

A shareholder vote will decide whether the Royal Bank of Canada should tighten up its standards for sustainable finance, after a deal last year in which it helped Calgary-based Enbridge issue a sustainability-linked loan and bond while building a new section of its controversial Line 3 pipeline.

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Report Undercuts Enbridge Claim that Line 5 is Crucial for Oil Delivery

There are viable, cost-effective shipping alternatives to the contested Line 5 pipeline in Michigan—both for crude oil and natural gas—according to a new report that contradicts Enbridge’s claim the pipeline is a critical piece of infrastructure for refineries in Michigan, Ontario, and Quebec.

With the illegal insurrection in Canada’s capital now entering its third week, close observers are linking the occupation to past protests supporting pipelines and fossil fuels, digging into the white supremacist funding and logistics behind the convoy, and spotlighting the increasingly serious health impacts for downtown Ottawa residents exposed to round-the-clock noxious diesel fumes, deafening truck horns, and random harassment and intimidation in their neighbourhoods.

‘This Is Sedition’: Ottawa Insurrection Has Roots in Pro-Pipeline, Pro-Fossil Convoy

With the illegal insurrection in Canada’s capital now entering its third week, close observers are linking the occupation to past protests supporting pipelines and fossil fuels, digging into the white supremacist funding and logistics behind the convoy, and spotlighting the increasingly serious health impacts for downtown Ottawa residents exposed to round-the-clock noxious diesel fumes, deafening truck horns, and random harassment and intimidation in their neighbourhoods.

Alberta is seeking $1.3 billion in compensation from the U.S. government in the wake of President Joe Biden's cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline's permit.

Alberta ‘Throws Good Money After Bad’ with NAFTA Claim for Keystone XL

Alberta is seeking $1.3 billion in compensation from the U.S. government in the wake of President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit.

New battle lines are being drawn between Canada’s financial regulators and Alberta’s oilpatch over the country’s climate change policies.

Alberta Fossils Face Credit Crunch as Worried Investors Focus on Climate Risk

New battle lines are being drawn between Canada’s financial regulators and Alberta’s oilpatch over the country’s climate change policies.

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Cenovus CEO Says High Oil Prices Won’t Last, Rejects ‘Spending Spree’ on New Projects

The CEO of one of Canada’s leading tar sands/oil sands companies is admitting that this year’s surge in global oil prices won’t last, projecting future prices that set the broader industry on a course for financial failure.

A letter released today by more than 150 non-government organizations is calling on 27 financial institutions led by the Royal Bank of Canada to pull their investment dollars out of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Over 150 Groups Press Banks to Stop Backing Coastal GasLink Pipeline

A letter released today by more than 150 non-government organizations is calling on 27 financial institutions led by the Royal Bank of Canada to pull their investment dollars out of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

A coalition of First Nations from northeastern Alberta is up against the likes of Shell and Suncor for a contract to build and operate the province’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage facility.

Indigenous Coalition Competes with Big Fossils for Alberta Carbon Capture Project

A coalition of First Nations from northeastern Alberta is up against the likes of Shell and Suncor for a contract to build and operate the province’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage facility.

The price tag for the federally-owned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has ballooned to more than $17 billion, en route to a final cost that could hit $20 billion, and project completion has been delayed to 2023 or 2024, according to a new analysis published late Thursday.

Trans Mountain Cost Pushes Past $17B, Completion Delayed to 2023

The price tag for the federally-owned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has ballooned to more than $17 billion, en route to a final cost that could hit $20 billion, and project completion has been delayed to 2023 or 2024, according to a new analysis published late Thursday.

The United States, Norway, and Canada are set to produce more oil this year than ever before, despite solemn pronouncements at last year’s COP 26 climate summit on the urgent need for climate action, Oil Change International asserts in a new analysis.

Record Fossil Extraction from Canada, U.S., Norway Despite Fervent Climate Pledges

The United States, Norway, and Canada are set to produce more oil this year than ever before, despite solemn pronouncements at last year’s COP 26 climate summit on the urgent need for climate action, Oil Change International asserts in a new analysis.

Ecuador’s private pipeline company OCP is expressing surprise over a pipeline rupture in the country’s Amazon region, despite a well-known history of erosion leading to catastrophic oil spills in the country.

Crude Oil Pipeline Breach in Ecuador’s Amazon Region Recalls Past Ecological Damage

Ecuador’s private pipeline company OCP is expressing surprise over a pipeline rupture in the country’s Amazon region, despite a well-known history of erosion leading to catastrophic oil spills in the country.

A new Indigenous non-profit organization is seeking an ownership stake in the Trans Mountain Pipeline, saying its aim is to make sure communities along the pipeline's route receive its benefits directly.

New Indigenous Non-Profit Seeks Stake in Trans Mountain Pipeline

A new Indigenous non-profit organization is seeking an ownership stake in the Trans Mountain Pipeline, saying its aim is to make sure communities along the pipeline’s route receive its benefits directly.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer has found the cost of cleaning up orphaned oil and gas wells in Alberta and Saskatchewan already dwarfs the money collected from industry to pay for it.

$1B by 2025 for Orphan Wells is ‘Massive Underestimate’, Analyst Warns

The Parliamentary Budget Officer has found the cost of cleaning up orphaned oil and gas wells in Alberta and Saskatchewan already dwarfs the money collected from industry to pay for it.

As colossal fossils TotalÉnergies and Chevron Oil withdraw from Myanmar, citing the ongoing brutality of the ruling junta against protesters, campaigners say oil and gas companies have been complicit in propping up the violent regime.

Fossils Withdraw from Myanmar Over Human Rights Abuses Amid Accusations of Complicity

As colossal fossils TotalÉnergies and Chevron Oil withdraw from Myanmar, citing the ongoing brutality of the ruling junta against protesters, campaigners say oil and gas companies have been complicit in propping up the violent regime.

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Michigan, Enbridge Head Back to State Court as Line 5 Pipeline Dispute Continues

Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. and the state of Michigan are renewing their legal hostilities over the future of the controversial Line 5 pipeline—and their latest court battle looks an awful lot like the last one.

The federal government’s plan to introduce a tax credit for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology hit the top tier of the Canadian climate agenda this week, after more than 400 climate scientists and other academics wrote to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland urging her to drop the idea.

Ditch Plans for Carbon Capture Tax Credit, 400+ Climate Scientists, Academics Urge Freeland

The federal government’s plan to introduce a tax credit for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology hit the top tier of the Canadian climate agenda this week, after more than 400 climate scientists and other academics wrote to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland urging her to drop the idea.

Canada is heralded as having one of the most ambitious prices on carbon in the world, rising from its current C$40 per tonne to $170 by 2030. But large industrial emitters pay only a tiny fraction of it, Corporate Knights reports.

Canada’s Biggest Climate Polluters Pay Lowest Carbon Prices, Research Shows

Canada is heralded as having one of the most ambitious prices on carbon in the world, rising from its current C$40 per tonne to $170 by 2030. But large industrial emitters pay only a tiny fraction of it, Corporate Knights reports.

Colossal fossil ExxonMobil has unveiled what news reports are calling an “asset-by-asset roadmap” to bring greenhouse gas emissions from its operations to zero by 2050, but leaves out the much larger climate impacts of burning those products once they’ve reached their final users.

Exxon Releases ‘Net-Zero’ Roadmap, Ignores Lion’s Share of Emissions

Colossal fossil ExxonMobil has unveiled what news reports are calling an “asset-by-asset roadmap” to bring greenhouse gas emissions from its operations to zero by 2050, but leaves out the much larger climate impacts of burning those products once they’ve reached their final users.

Canada is getting set to roll out a tax credit to support fossil companies’ investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson confirmed in a telephone interview with Bloomberg News this week.

Carbon Capture Tax Credit Likely for 2022 Budget, Wilkinson Says

Canada is getting set to roll out a tax credit to support fossil companies’ investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson confirmed in a telephone interview with Bloomberg News this week.

Citing “overwhelming interest” from the public, the federal government is extending the consultation deadline on its plan to meet a 40 to 45% carbon reduction target by 2030, while the fossil industry signals plans to continue expanding the oil and gas extraction that drives those emissions higher.

Feds Extend Climate Plan Consultation as Fossils Signal Future Emissions Growth

Citing “overwhelming interest” from the public, the federal government is extending the consultation deadline on its plan to meet a 40 to 45% carbon reduction target by 2030, while the fossil industry signals plans to continue expanding the oil and gas extraction that drives those emissions higher.

Opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are still raising concerns about plans to redrill a complicated crossing beneath the Fraser River, after the federal Crown corporation behind the project filed a response to their statement of opposition with the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER).

Trans Mountain Responds on Fraser River Tunnel, Faces Hearing on Fire Safety

Opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are still raising concerns about plans to redrill a complicated crossing beneath the Fraser River, after the federal Crown corporation behind the project filed a response to their statement of opposition with the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER).

‘Big Oil’ is showing initial signs of a transition to ‘Small Oil’, as a handful of large European fossil fuel companies invest windfall revenues from high oil prices to begin their shift to lower-carbon investments—even if Canadian fossils still haven’t got the memo.

‘Big Oil’ Becoming ‘Small Oil’ as European Fossils Begin Shift to Renewables

‘Big Oil’ is showing initial signs of a transition to ‘Small Oil’, as a handful of large European fossil fuel companies invest windfall revenues from high oil prices to begin their shift to lower-carbon investments—even if Canadian fossils still haven’t got the memo.

Alberta doesn't have a good grasp of the overall environmental impacts of the tar sands/oil sands, a decade after implementing monitoring that was supposed to provide it, internal government documents suggest.

Scientists Scorch Failed Alberta Monitoring of Tar Sands/Oil Sands Impacts

Alberta doesn’t have a good grasp of the overall environmental impacts of the tar sands/oil sands, a decade after implementing monitoring that was supposed to provide it, internal government documents suggest.

A major piece of unfinished business left behind at the end of last year looks certain to haunt British Columbia in 2022, as the province’s NDP government faces determined Indigenous opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the project itself runs into serious financial headwinds.

ANALYSIS: Coastal GasLink, LNG Controversies Will Haunt B.C. NDP in 2022

A major piece of unfinished business left behind at the end of last year looks certain to haunt British Columbia in 2022, as the province’s NDP government faces determined Indigenous opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the project itself runs into serious financial headwinds.

The federal Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion has been handed a seven-day deadline to answer tough questions about soil stability, drilling method, and environmental impacts after proposing to redrill and reroute part of a 1.5-kilometre tunnel beneath the Fraser River, an iconic salmon-bearing waterway near the Lower Mainland population centre of Coquitlam.

BREAKING: Trans Mountain Pipeline Faces Scrutiny on Soil Stability, Fraser River Impact

The federal Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion has been handed a seven-day deadline to answer tough questions about soil stability, drilling method, and environmental impacts after proposing to redrill and reroute part of a 1.5-kilometre tunnel beneath the Fraser River, an iconic salmon-bearing waterway near the Lower Mainland population centre of Coquitlam.

Nearly one-fifth of the power lines around the world are at severe risk from sea level rise, severe storms, and wildfires, and U.S. utilities alone could face US$4.1 billion per year in climate impacts, according to new analysis released this week by BloombergNEF.

Power Grids at Severe Risk from Rising Seas, Severe Storms, Wildfires

Nearly one-fifth of the power lines around the world are at severe risk from sea level rise, severe storms, and wildfires, and U.S. utilities alone could face US$4.1 billion per year in climate impacts, according to new analysis released this week by BloombergNEF.

The city of Burnaby, British Columbia is pushing back against after federally-owned Trans Mountain Corporation asked to be excused from fire safety plans for its controversial storage tank farm.

Trans Mountain Tries to Duck Fire Safety Standard for Burnaby Tank Farm

The city of Burnaby, British Columbia is pushing back against after federally-owned Trans Mountain Corporation asked to be excused from fire safety plans for its controversial storage tank farm.

Deep energy retrofits and tougher building code standards emerged as winners, while fossil fuel pipelines received no attention at all, as policy analysts dug more deeply into the ministerial mandate letters released in mid-December by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau Mandate Letters Boost Deep Retrofits and Tougher Building Code, Ignore Pipelines

Deep energy retrofits and tougher building code standards emerged as winners, while fossil fuel pipelines received no attention at all, as policy analysts dug more deeply into the ministerial mandate letters released in mid-December by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

October 7, 2021: The coal, oil, and gas industries received US$5.9 trillion in worldwide subsidies in 2020—a mind-bending $11.2 million per minute, every minute of every hour of every day in the year—the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revealed.

$11 Million Per Minute in Fossil Subsidies ‘Add Fuel to the Fire’, IMF Study Showed

October 7, 2021: The coal, oil, and gas industries received US$5.9 trillion in worldwide subsidies in 2020—a mind-bending $11.2 million per minute, every minute of every hour of every day in the year—the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revealed.

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‘Wildly Optimistic’ to Expect Energy Regulator to Embrace Net-Zero, Veteran Energy Executive Warned

December 17, 2021: The Canada Energy Regulator is so closely tied to the fossil industry that it can’t be counted on to produce independent advice on the country’s path to net-zero—yet it’s considered the leading source of in-house energy modelling the Trudeau government has at its disposal, according to an independent expert commenting on the CER’s deeply flawed energy futures report released earlier this month.

September 14, 2021: The world’s biggest publicly-traded provider of property and casualty insurance, Chubb, became the 16th insurer to declare that it won’t back the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline, a coalition of climate and Indigenous campaigners announced.

Trans Mountain Lost 16th Insurer as Industry Giant Chubb Walked Away

September 14, 2021: The world’s biggest publicly-traded provider of property and casualty insurance, Chubb, became the 16th insurer to declare that it won’t back the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline, a coalition of climate and Indigenous campaigners announced.

August 7, 2021: ExxonMobil’s massive Kearl Lake mine north of Fort McMurray was at risk of becoming the latest tar sands/oil sands to be devalued as one of the world’s most determined colossal fossils considered designating up to one-fifth of its global oil and gas reserves as stranded assets, part of a company-wide scramble to respond to crashing oil prices and weak markets for its product.

Exxon Ripped Up $30-Billion Rebuilding Plan, Could Declare Stranded Assets at Kearl Lake

August 7, 2021: ExxonMobil’s massive Kearl Lake mine north of Fort McMurray was at risk of becoming the latest tar sands/oil sands to be devalued as one of the world’s most determined colossal fossils considered designating up to one-fifth of its global oil and gas reserves as stranded assets, part of a company-wide scramble to respond to crashing oil prices and weak markets for its product.

March 24, 2021: A new federal incentive, modelled on a U.S. tax credit for carbon capture, utilization and storage, would be tailor-made to drive higher greenhouse gas emissions and could produce unexpected surprises for private investors, a veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney told The Energy Mix.

New Carbon Capture Tax Credit Would Drive Higher Emissions, Could Mislead Investors

March 24, 2021: A new federal incentive, modelled on a U.S. tax credit for carbon capture, utilization and storage, would be tailor-made to drive higher greenhouse gas emissions and could produce unexpected surprises for private investors, a veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney told The Energy Mix.

November 25, 2021: British Columbia’s only confirmed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal may be on its way to becoming a “financial albatross”, even as a developer continues to tout a second LNG project in Howe Sound, just north of Vancouver.

LNG Canada On Track to Become ‘Financial Albatross’, Analysts Warned

November 25, 2021: British Columbia’s only confirmed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal may be on its way to becoming a “financial albatross”, even as a developer continues to tout a second LNG project in Howe Sound, just north of Vancouver.

July 11, 2021: Two of Canada’s biggest fossil companies said they’ll by looking for about C$50 billion in taxpayer subsidies to bring their net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

Fossils Want $50-Billion Taxpayer Subsidy to Decarbonize Tar Sands/Oil Sands

July 11, 2021: Two of Canada’s biggest fossil companies said they’ll by looking for about C$50 billion in taxpayer subsidies to bring their net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

November 3, 2021: Canada was to join a group of about 20 countries and institutions to announce an end to public financing for oil, gas, and coal projects by the end of 2022, Le Devoir reported, putting an end to anxious speculation about whether the Trudeau government would sign on to what was seen as a pivotal pledge during this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP 26, in Glasgow.

Canada to Phase Out International Public Financing for Fossil Fuels

November 3, 2021: Canada was to join a group of about 20 countries and institutions to announce an end to public financing for oil, gas, and coal projects by the end of 2022, Le Devoir reported, putting an end to anxious speculation about whether the Trudeau government would sign on to what was seen as a pivotal pledge during this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP 26, in Glasgow.

October 31, 2021: After years of blaming limited pipeline access for the low price they’ve had to charge for their product, Alberta fossil producers were running into another problem by mid-fall: U.S. refineries don’t particularly like the product.

Careful What You Wish For: New Pipeline Drives Down Export Prices for Alberta Fossils

October 31, 2021: After years of blaming limited pipeline access for the low price they’ve had to charge for their product, Alberta fossil producers were running into another problem by mid-fall: U.S. refineries don’t particularly like the product.

July 29, 2021: A county on the northwest coast of Washington State made a landmark decision to ban new fossil fuel development, reversing a trajectory that had it on course to become a gateway for oil, gas, and coal exports to Asia.

Whatcom County Became First U.S. Refinery Community to Ban New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

July 29, 2021: A county on the northwest coast of Washington State made a landmark decision to ban new fossil fuel development, reversing a trajectory that had it on course to become a gateway for oil, gas, and coal exports to Asia.

October 7, 2021: Alberta’s energy minister accused her former pipeline industry colleagues of being “really short-sighted” after the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) announced plans to shut down by the end of the year.

Pipeline Association Shutting Down after Losing ‘Critical Mass’ of Members

October 7, 2021: Alberta’s energy minister accused her former pipeline industry colleagues of being “really short-sighted” after the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) announced plans to shut down by the end of the year.

November 21, 2021: Heavily-armed RCMP agents stormed an Indigenous blockade and arrested 32 people, including Gidimt'en Clan spokesperson Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham) and two journalists, in another escalation of the dispute over construction of the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.

32 Arrested at Pipeline Blockade as B.C. Diverted 50 RCMP from Emergency Flood Response

November 21, 2021: Heavily-armed RCMP agents stormed an Indigenous blockade and arrested 32 people, including Gidimt’en Clan spokesperson Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham) and two journalists, in another escalation of the dispute over construction of the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.

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Canada Must Leave 83% of Fossil Fuels in the Ground in Latest 1.5°C Scenario

September 9, 2021: Canada must leave 83% of its fossil fuel reserves and 84% of its tar sands/oil sands in the ground if the world is to have even a 50% chance of holding average global warming to 1.5°C, according to a paper published in the prestigious journal Nature.

An MLA in Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party government may soon face a complaint to the Law Society of Alberta, after drastically overstating the dollars from foreign donors that went into anti-tar sands/oil sands campaigns in the province, The Energy Mix has learned.

Alberta MLA May Face Law Society Complaint for Overheated Claim Against Climate Campaigns

An MLA in Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party government may soon face a complaint to the Law Society of Alberta, after drastically overstating the dollars from foreign donors that went into anti-tar sands/oil sands campaigns in the province, The Energy Mix has learned.

August 29, 2021: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise to cap oil and gas sector emissions at today’s levels and set five-year targets to reduce them beginning in 2025 amounted to the end of fossil fuel expansion in Canada, a leading climate advocate said.

Trudeau’s #Elxn44 Announcement Meant End of Oil and Gas Expansion

August 29, 2021: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise to cap oil and gas sector emissions at today’s levels and set five-year targets to reduce them beginning in 2025 amounted to the end of fossil fuel expansion in Canada, a leading climate advocate said.

October 5, 2021: A team of international analysts pointed to a Canadian tar sands/oil sands operation as the most carbon-intensive by far in an index of major oilfields around the world, even as Alberta’s Canadian Energy Centre launched a Times Square ad campaign touting the country’s “friendly” oil.

Alberta’s ‘Friendly’ Oil was Most Carbon-Intensive in New International Index

October 5, 2021: A team of international analysts pointed to a Canadian tar sands/oil sands operation as the most carbon-intensive by far in an index of major oilfields around the world, even as Alberta’s Canadian Energy Centre launched a Times Square ad campaign touting the country’s “friendly” oil.

January 20, 2021: The Canadian economy has added 42 new jobs for each one it has lost in fossil fuels since 2014, and a 20-year industry phaseout would only reduce fossil employment by about 8,500 positions per year—as many as the country usually creates every 10 days—concluded economist Jim Stanford in an analysis published by Toronto-based Environmental Defence.

Fossils Create Less than 1% of Canadian Jobs, Making 20-Year Phaseout ‘Very Feasible’, Study Concluded

January 20, 2021: The Canadian economy has added 42 new jobs for each one it has lost in fossil fuels since 2014, and a 20-year industry phaseout would only reduce fossil employment by about 8,500 positions per year—as many as the country usually creates every 10 days—concluded economist Jim Stanford in an analysis published by Toronto-based Environmental Defence.

July 14, 2021: More than two-thirds of Canadian fossil fuel workers are interested in jobs in a net-zero economy, 58% see themselves thriving in that economy, and nearly nine in 10 want training and upskilling for net-zero employment, according to a groundbreaking survey released by Edmonton-based Iron & Earth.

Two-Thirds of Canadian Oil and Gas Workers Want Net-Zero Jobs

July 14, 2021: More than two-thirds of Canadian fossil fuel workers are interested in jobs in a net-zero economy, 58% see themselves thriving in that economy, and nearly nine in 10 want training and upskilling for net-zero employment, according to a groundbreaking survey released by Edmonton-based Iron & Earth.

September 2, 2021: Blockades, lobbying, media campaigns, and other forms of advocacy grounded in Indigenous rights have stopped or delayed nearly 1.6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, or nearly 25% of the combined emissions of the United States and Canada, the Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International concluded in a blockbuster report.

Indigenous Protests Blocked 1.6 Billion Tonnes of Emissions Per Year

September 2, 2021: Blockades, lobbying, media campaigns, and other forms of advocacy grounded in Indigenous rights have stopped or delayed nearly 1.6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, or nearly 25% of the combined emissions of the United States and Canada, the Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International concluded in a blockbuster report.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Wildly Optimistic’ to Expect Energy Regulator to Embrace Net-Zero, Veteran Energy Executive Warns

The Canada Energy Regulator is so closely tied to the fossil industry that it can’t be counted on to produce independent advice on the country’s path to net-zero—yet it’s considered the leading source of in-house energy modelling the Trudeau government has at its disposal, according to an independent expert commenting on the CER’s deeply flawed energy futures report released last week.

A cap on oil and gas emissions, a 75% methane reduction this decade, a net-zero electricity grid by 2035, a mandated 50% target for electric vehicle sales by 2030, and a renewed commitment to international climate finance are among the elements of the mandate letter issued to Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault Thursday afternoon by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Fossil Emissions Cap, 75% Methane Cut Lead Guilbeault’s 39-Point Mandate Letter from Trudeau

A cap on oil and gas emissions, a 75% methane reduction this decade, a net-zero electricity grid by 2035, a mandated 50% target for electric vehicle sales by 2030, and a renewed commitment to international climate finance are among the elements of the mandate letter issued to Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault Thursday afternoon by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

As the federally-owned Trans Mountain Pipeline slowly returns to service after the longest outage in its 68-year history, a senior pipeline executive is pointing to the vulnerability of British Columbia’s energy supplies, while critics call for a faster shift off fossil fuels.

Flood Damage Produces Calls to Rethink Trans Mountain as Pipeline Slowly Reopens

As the federally-owned Trans Mountain Pipeline slowly returns to service after the longest outage in its 68-year history, a senior pipeline executive is pointing to the vulnerability of British Columbia’s energy supplies, while critics call for a faster shift off fossil fuels.

Aligning climate targets with a 1.5°C future, aiming to at least halve absolute emissions by 2030, and issuing annual reports on the climate impacts of investments are among the best practices put forward for Canada’s five biggest banks in a report issued yesterday by Investors for Paris Compliance.

Take ‘Concrete, Rapid Steps’ to Decarbonize, Investors Urge Big Five Canadian Banks

Aligning climate targets with a 1.5°C future, aiming to at least halve absolute emissions by 2030, and issuing annual reports on the climate impacts of investments are among the best practices put forward for Canada’s five biggest banks in a report issued yesterday by Investors for Paris Compliance.

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Federal Energy Modelling Ignores Net-Zero Target, Locks In High-Carbon Investments, Analysts Warn

One of the key federal agencies responsible for charting Canada’s energy future is under fire for failing to include a full net-zero scenario in its latest annual modelling report released last week.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) gets special billing as “Big Foreign Oil’s apex lobby group” in a new study that contrasts the trickle of international funding to climate campaigners with the overwhelming influence of foreign fossils in driving up Canada’s oil and gas production and greenhouse gas emissions.

‘Big Foreign Oil’ Influence Drives Canadian Fossil Production, GHG Emissions, Report Warns

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) gets special billing as “Big Foreign Oil’s apex lobby group” in a new study that contrasts the trickle of international funding to climate campaigners with the overwhelming influence of foreign fossils in driving up Canada’s oil and gas production and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is setting Canada up for climate failure with a report that projects increasing oil and gas production through 2032, relies overwhelmingly on unproven carbon capture technologies, and runs counter to decarbonization analysis and commitments from international agencies, the recent COP 26 climate summit, and the latest federal Speech from the Throne, according to climate policy and campaign groups responding to the report.

Energy Regulator Projects Rising Oil Output through 2032, ‘Sets Canada Up for Climate Failure’

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is setting Canada up for climate failure with a report that projects increasing oil and gas production through 2032, relies overwhelmingly on unproven carbon capture technologies, and runs counter to decarbonization analysis and commitments from international agencies, the recent COP 26 climate summit, and the latest federal Speech from the Throne, according to climate policy and campaign groups responding to the report.

Nearly 70% of New York voters have backed an amendment to the state’s climate law to grant all residents the right “to clean air and water and a healthful environment,” potentially laying the groundwork for lawsuits against fossil fuel polluters and developers.

New York’s Right to Healthful Environment Sets Stage For Aggressive Climate Action

Nearly 70% of New York voters have backed an amendment to the state’s climate law to grant all residents the right “to clean air and water and a healthful environment,” potentially laying the groundwork for lawsuits against fossil fuel polluters and developers.

Some Indigenous communities in northern Alberta say they’re being handed a choice between terrible options as the federal government develops regulations to allow treated tailings from tar sands/oil sands operations to be released into the environment. One advocate is calling the prospect of tailings releases into the Athabasca River an “international human crime”.

Indigenous Communities Face ‘International Human Crime’ as Ottawa Considers Tailings Pond Releases

Some Indigenous communities in northern Alberta say they’re being handed a choice between terrible options as the federal government develops regulations to allow treated tailings from tar sands/oil sands operations to be released into the environment. One advocate is calling the prospect of tailings releases into the Athabasca River an “international human crime”.

One year after ordering the owners of the Coastal GasLink pipeline to fix multiple environmental violations identified along its 670-kilometre construction route, and being more or less ignored, the British Columbia government of Premier John Horgan is trying again. 

Coastal Gaslink Failed to Fix Multiple Environmental Violations, B.C. Officials Say

One year after ordering the owners of the Coastal GasLink pipeline to fix multiple environmental violations identified along its 670-kilometre construction route, and being more or less ignored, the British Columbia government of Premier John Horgan is trying again. 

The RCMP’s mandate to enforce Canadian law is clashing with Wet’suwet’en First Nation sovereignty and opposition to the Coastal GasLink project’s development, raising deeper questions about how the two legal systems can coexist on the same landmass.

Coastal GasLink Conflict Exposes Deep Legal Issues on Indigenous Sovereignty, Analysts Warn

The RCMP’s mandate to enforce Canadian law is clashing with Wet’suwet’en First Nation sovereignty and opposition to the Coastal GasLink project’s development, raising deeper questions about how the two legal systems can coexist on the same landmass.

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Leaked PR Video Reveals Latest Bid to Rebrand Tar Sands/Oil Sands

Desperate to get the public in its corner as it wrestles with its own imminent decline, Canada’s fossil industry has come up with a novel marketing message: tar sands/oil sands make beautiful (or, at least, non-ugly) things to play with.

Alberta's oil and gas regulator has rolled out new rules aimed at addressing the growing problem of inactive and abandoned wells in the province, but critics say the industry should be forced to do even more to clean up after itself.

Analysts Look for More as Alberta Sets New Rules for Abandoned Wells

Alberta’s oil and gas regulator has rolled out new rules aimed at addressing the growing problem of inactive and abandoned wells in the province, but critics say the industry should be forced to do even more to clean up after itself.

As the east coast reels from last week’s savage rainstorm, and British Columbia struggles desperately for traction with another atmospheric river coming ashore, observers are urging the Liberal government not to forfeit what remains of Canada’s inbuilt resilience, and to embrace the “build back better” agenda it promised in 2020.

Extreme Weather Brings Continuing Pain to East and West as Ottawa Urged to ‘Build Back Better’

As the east coast reels from last week’s savage rainstorm, and British Columbia struggles desperately for traction with another atmospheric river coming ashore, observers are urging the Liberal government not to forfeit what remains of Canada’s inbuilt resilience, and to embrace the “build back better” agenda it promised in 2020.

A pandemic aid program to help oil and gas companies cut their methane emissions will be revisited now that the industry is back on its feet, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Friday.

Ottawa to Rethink Methane Reduction Subsidy after Scathing Enviro Commissioner Report

A pandemic aid program to help oil and gas companies cut their methane emissions will be revisited now that the industry is back on its feet, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Friday.