Category Archives: Energy from Oil

TEN LOST YEARS WITH THE HARPER GOVERNMENT, Part 1

By Jim Harding It’s good that the Harper Conservatives dropped the term “Progressive”. It’s also good that they didn’t call themselves “Reform”. The existing Conservative Party isn’t “conservative” in any normal sense of the term; they don’t want to conserve … Continue reading

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FRACKING AND TAR SANDS: TWIN THREATS TO SASKATCHEWAN WATER: Part 1

BY Jim Harding A workshop on “Saskatchewan Oil Impacts” was held in Regina January 24-25, 2014. It was organized by oil industry researchers Emily Eaton, geography professor from Regina and political science professor Angela Carter from Waterloo. It was attended … Continue reading

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LITTLE AND BIG FACTS ABOUT NEIL YOUNG’S “HONOUR THE TREATIES” TOUR

BY Jim Harding Neil Young and Diana Krall’s Honour the Treaties tour will be over by the time you read this. But the political fall-out will carry on.  I am mostly interested in the impacts of the tar-sands on air, … Continue reading

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PURSUING THE PIPELINE PIPE-DREAM

Prime Minister Harper’s view that Alberta’s tarsands will be the economic motor for the Canadian Energy Superpower is starting to unravel. Alberta faces a $6 billion revenue shortfall and will face a $4 billion deficit. Last year it predicted “only” … Continue reading

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THE “OIL RUSH”: WHERE’S THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY?

Our leaders aren’t really leading; they are following. They are following a big myth, even a delusion several centuries in the making that the economy can continue to expand without ecological blowback putting biodiversity, water quality, human wellbeing and our … Continue reading

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WHAT’S RADICAL ABOUT THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE NORTHERN GATEWAY PIPELINE?

The Syrian regime blames its domestic uprising on “foreign-supported terrorists”. The Harper regime joins the international chorus condemning Syria’s suppression of the democracy activists.  Then the Harper regime blames “foreign-funded environmentalists” for trying to stop Canadian jobs from Enbridge’s Northern … Continue reading

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Why We’d Better Learn from the Gulf Oil Spill

Saskatchewan’s economy is second only to Alberta’s in oil and gas export. The fossil fuels mostly go south to the US, which, along with China, is the biggest energy glutton on the planet. This is an inherently unsustainable energy system … Continue reading

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