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Tue, 2008-11-18 15:35Mitchell Anderson
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Bad News for Big Oil

Oil industry operatives are sweating bullets over whether the incoming Obama Administration will be keen to buy “dirty oil” from Alberta tar sands. The early news for them is not good.

The president-elect last week sent Jason Grumet, a policy adviser mentioned for a possible energy post, to an environmental conference in Washington to offer reassurances that there would be swift movement on climate change legislation. Observers feel this is an early sign that Obama is taking a hard line on carbon.

Mon, 2008-09-08 13:20Kevin Grandia
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Polar Bear Army Deployed for Canadian Election

With the Canadian federal election off to the races, DeSmogBlog has deployed an army of polar bears across Canada that will be working to raise the profile of climate change issues, especially around the environmental impacts of Alberta's oil sands operations.

The campaign is called the Arctic Front, and many of our regular readers will remember that we began this campaign during the Alberta provincial election earlier this year. Since then we have expanded our capabilities and now have polar bears stationed across the country, ready to get out the message at town hall forums,debates, rallies and other events.
Wed, 2008-07-02 14:05Kevin Grandia
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McCain and Obama Stand United on Canada's Oil Sands

Barack Obama made headlines across Canada last week over his proposed national “low carbon fuel standard.” Such a proposal, if implemented, would be a serious hit to Canada's oil sands operations, which emit about 3 times the amount of greenhouse gas to produce when compared to the production of a conventional barrel of oil.

Not nearly as prominent in the Canadian press was an article in the Washington Times the week before reporting that presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain's shares a similar view as Obama on a “low carbon fuel standard.”

Wed, 2008-07-02 11:46Emily Murgatroyd
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Dirty Oil Sands Ad Greets Alberta Premier in Wyoming

When Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach flew into Wyoming for the Western Governor's Association meeting this week he undoubtedly saw the full page ad in the Casper Star-Tribune decrying his province's massive oil sands operations.

Organized by Environmental Defence, and its partners ForestEthics and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the idea behind the ad was to reach out to U.S. Governors to expose the truth about Canada's dirty tar sands.

A full copy of the oil sands advertisement can be downloaded from the Environmental Defence website.

Thu, 2008-05-29 07:50Ross Gelbspan
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Time Out(ed) On The Tar Sands

I consider Time to be one of the more forward-looking periodicals when it comes to the environment.

But the editors messed up in this week's edition. The June 2 Time carries a breathless feature about the potential petroleum bonanza in Canada's tar sands.

The article's authors are so giddy with the testosterone rush of big-ass earth-moving machines that they forgot what a multifaceted disaster this “bonanza” would be. The magazine quotes tar men in Alberta as they marvel at their own ability to move mountains … literally

Thu, 2008-05-01 10:58Kevin Grandia
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Dead Ducks a Disaster for Alberta Oil Sands

If Canadian weren't questioning the environmental impact of the Alberta Oil Spill Sands they are now that 500 ducks died by just simply landing on one of the many toxic lakes of tar sludge created by the oil sands process.

We've been following this story very carefully and updating our Oil Sands Facebook group, join up and send it around to your friends to help spread the message.

Here's a video clip of the dead ducks:

Wed, 2008-04-30 10:45Kevin Grandia
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Alberta Oil Sands Pioneer Says Environmental Problems Must be a Priority

Former Imperial Oil scientist, Clement Bowman is one of the chemical engineers who helped unlock the commercial potential of Canada's oil sands and he's now saying that the Canadian government must urgently take the necessary steps to clean up the huge environmental impacts of the oil sands projects.

Unless they're solved, a number of us feel the oil sands have almost hit a wall,” says Brown.

Wed, 2008-04-23 14:38Emily Murgatroyd
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DeSmog Oil Sands "Arctic Front" Spotted in New Delhi

The latest sighting of Arctic Front polar bear activity has been in our outpost in New Delhi.

As regular readers know, we have an army of big, mad polar bears deployed across Canada that can pop up anytime to raise awareness about the damaging environmental impacts of the Alberta Oil Sand operations.

But did you know we now have outposts in New Delhi, Romania, Israel, the United Kingdom, Australia and many other countries around the world?

We'll keep you posted. If you would like to keep up-to-date on the Arctic Front and other DeSmog activities, consider signing up for our weekly DeSmog newsletter by going here.
Mon, 2008-02-25 16:31Emily Murgatroyd
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Check out the Arctic Front Facebook Group

If you haven't heard about our latest DeSmog project, the Arctic Front, you can read all about it in our special DeSmogBlog section.  

And if you're a big Facebook-er (who isn't these days), please join our Arctic Front Facebook group and add your name to the growing number of people (almost 200 already!) concerned about the environmental impacts of the Alberta oil sands. 

Mon, 2008-02-25 11:17Terrance Berg
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Petro Firms Seek Partial Oil-Sands Moratorium

Apparently we polar bears aren't the only ones asking the Alberta government to “press pause” on breakneck oil-sands development. Even some oil companies believe that certain areas should be spared the teeth of their power shovels, a Globe and Mail report reveals.

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