Required Reading on Alberta "Green Plan"

Andrew Nikiforuk, writing today in the Globe and Mail, offers this analysis on the Alberta government's abdication of responsibility when it comes to managing its tar sands bounty.

Thanks to Mr. Stelmach's baby-steps approach to carbon pollution, the world's largest energy project will continue to be the country's largest growing source of ice-melting and water-evaporating gases for years to come.”

ExMoMoMoMoMoMoMo

HOUSTON - Exxon Mobil Corp. posted the largest annual profit by a U.S. company – $40.6 billion in 2007 – as the world's largest publicly traded oil company benefited from historic crude prices at year's end.

Exxon also set a U.S. record for the biggest quarterly profit, posting net income of $11.7 billion for the final three months of 2007, besting its own mark of $10.71 billion in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Harper Government Muzzling Environment Canada Scientists

A Canwest New Service story just hit the wire reporting that all Environment Canada scientists now must refer all media queries to Ottawa where communications officers will help them respond with “approved lines.”

According to documents obtained by Canwest, this new policy is in place to “ensure there are no “surprises” for Environment Minister John Baird and senior management when they open the newspaper or turn on the television.”

Last Day of Voting for the Canadian Blog Awards

This is your last chance to vote for DeSmogBlog in the Canadian Blog Awards.  

The polls will close at the end of day January, 31st.

If you haven't voted here are the categories we've been nominated in:

Best Group Blog

Best Blogosphere Citizen

If you have voted, thanks so much (we hope you voted for us!).

Canadian Government Sacks Science Advisor

Mainstream Media Ignore the Story


The Canadian government is closing the Office of the National Science Advisor (ONSA) and sacking its principal, Dr. Arthur Carty, a move that has garnered virtually no attention from the mainstream press.

The Harper government's hostility to science seems to match that of the Bush administration, at least. Canada has been boldly out of step internationally on climate policy and Harper's Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn recently fired the head of Canada's Nuclear Safety Commission because she had refused to let political and commercial considerations trump safety concerns.

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