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Défendre notre fleuve. Complément d'enquête Total toujours roi du pétrole. Le dieu pétrole dévore le Canada, par Nancy Huston. LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Nancy Huston Je suis chez moi, et hors de moi.

Le dieu pétrole dévore le Canada, par Nancy Huston

En encourageant le développement à outrance des industries pétrolières de l'Alberta, Stephen Harper, le premier ministre canadien, met l'humanité en péril. L'humanité de ma province natale, et l'humanité tout court. Pour l'instant, peu de Français le savent : l'extraction du bitume des sables dans l'ouest du Canada est l'entreprise humaine la plus importante de la Terre. Le potentiel pétrolier de ces sables est estimé à 2 500 milliards de barils, assez pour nous nourrir en or noir, au rythme insensé où nous le consommons, pendant encore deux siècles et demi. Lire la synthèse (en édition abonnés) : Au Canada, l'or noir des sables bitumineux mis en cause La façon de nommer ce site vous oblige déjà à vous en montrer solidaire : la majorité des Albertains a adopté le terme officiel de sables pétroliers ; seuls les écolos persistent à les appeler sables bitumineux.

Le maître mot à Fort McMoney est big. La pouponnière de nos bélugas est menacée par la construction d’un terminal pétrolier à Cacouna: sauvons-les ! On dit que les forêts sont les poumons de la terre.

La pouponnière de nos bélugas est menacée par la construction d’un terminal pétrolier à Cacouna: sauvons-les !

Les fleuves et rivières sont ses vaisseaux sanguins. Nous n'héritons pas de la terre de nos ancêtres, nous l'empruntons à nos enfants. Non aux sables bitumineux ! Le projet Oléoduc Énergie Est de TransCanada transporterait 1,1 million de barils par jour de pétrole des sables bitumineux de l’Alberta jusqu’au port de Saint John (NB) d’où le pétrole serait exporté.

Non aux sables bitumineux !

L'entreprise prévoit ainsi convertir un gazoduc existant dans l'ouest et en Ontario et construire un nouveau pipeline qui traverserait le sud du Québec ainsi que le Nouveau-Brunswick. D’une longueur de 4 400 km, ce pipeline serait le plus important de tous les projets de pipelines en Amérique du Nord. Il est également prévu de construire un port pétrolier à Cacouna dans le Bas-Saint-Laurent. Canada’s energy officials take over job of protecting fish from pipelines. Why Canada sucks on climate change. If you were old enough to vote in 2004, then you probably remember the refrain “I’m moving to Canada!”

Why Canada sucks on climate change

It was every disenchanted liberal’s threat after George W. Bush’s reelection. Wags even made a “United States of Canada” map, attaching the Democratic states of the coasts and Upper Midwest to their friendly northern neighbor. The sentiment was understandable. American liberals have longingly observed for decades that most industrialized nations are consistently ahead of the U.S. in adopting their preferred policies: universal health coverage, guaranteed paid sick leave, public child-care services, gun control, mass transit, and a price on pollution.

Non aux sables bitumineux ! Native American groups increasingly at the center of fights over oil and gas. In the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, European settlers stole a lot of land from Native Americans.

Native American groups increasingly at the center of fights over oil and gas

They killed them, they cheated them, and they robbed them of most of the continent. But they made one mistake. Back then good land was fertile land for growing crops. The Great Plains and interior West — dry, dusty, freezing cold in winter and broiling hot in summer — had little to offer. Aboriginal rights a threat to Canada's resource agenda, documents reveal. The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal.

Aboriginal rights a threat to Canada's resource agenda, documents reveal

Since 2008, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs has run a risk management program to evaluate and respond to “significant risks” to its agenda, including assertions of treaty rights, the rising expectations of aboriginal peoples, and new legal precedents at odds with the government’s policies. Yearly government reports obtained by the Guardian predict that the failure to manage the risks could result in more “adversarial relations” with aboriginal peoples, “public outcry and negative international attention,” and “economic development projects [being] delayed.” “There is a risk that the legal landscape can undermine the ability of the department to move forward in its policy agenda,” one Aboriginal Affairs’ report says. September 29, 2013 - Stop Tar Sands Ecocide, Block Canada's Energy East Pipeline. Additional Background The Canadian government and TransCanada Corp. are actively promoting plans for the “Energy East” pipeline that would carry up to 850,000 barrels of crude per day, including tar sands, from Alberta to Eastern markets.

September 29, 2013 - Stop Tar Sands Ecocide, Block Canada's Energy East Pipeline

The $12 billion, 4,400 kilometer pipeline would lead to massive tanker exports from the Atlantic coast to send crude to the much larger and more profitable markets of India, China, and Europe. The 55-year-old Mainline natural gas pipeline would be converted to transport oil between Saskatchewan and Quebec and connected with new pipeline in the west to Empress, Alberta, and in the east to Quebec City and Saint John, New Brunswick. Canadian PM to Obama: Let’s make a deal on Keystone!

Looks like Canada is getting desperate.

Canadian PM to Obama: Let’s make a deal on Keystone!

The country’s leaders and its oil industry really, really want the Keystone XL pipeline built so they can ship tar-sands oil from Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. But the Obama administration keeps postponing its decision on the pipeline. TransCanada plans colossal trans-Canada oil pipeline. While the Obama administration dithers over whether to approve TransCanada’s planned Keystone XL pipeline, the pipeline builder announced Thursday that it will pursue an even bigger project connecting Alberta’s tar-sands oil fields with refineries in the nation’s east.

TransCanada plans colossal trans-Canada oil pipeline

The 2,700-mile, $12 billion Energy East Pipeline would carry 1.1 million barrels per day, making it more than a third larger than Keystone XL, which is intended to carry 800,000 bpd. Blame Canada: Greedy for oil money, the country is turning into a rogue petrostate. When I recently interviewed Canadian artist Franke James, whose outspoken appeals to her government for climate action landed her on Ottawa’s shit list, I was taken aback to hear her casually refer to her country as a “petrostate.”

Blame Canada: Greedy for oil money, the country is turning into a rogue petrostate

I knew Canada’s been spending gobs of federal money to promote its tar-sands agenda, but I didn’t realize our mild-mannered northern neighbor was approaching the ranks of Saudi Arabia and Nigeria in its single-minded embrace of oil as the nation’s lifeblood. An unforgiving article in the latest Foreign Policy magazine lays out how conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been aggressively pursuing development of the Alberta oil sands and remaking the country in the political image of the George W.

Bush-era United States: Over the last decade, as oil prices increased fivefold, oil companies invested approximately $160 billion to develop bitumen in Alberta, and it has finally turned profitable. Oil-sands expansion conditionally approved despite ‘significant’ effects on wildlife. Federal and Alberta regulators have conditionally approved Royal Dutch Shell’s multibillion-dollar Jackpine oil-sands mine expansion despite their findings that it would have a number of adverse environmental impacts. A joint review panel, appointed by the federal Environment Minister and the provincial energy regulator, ruled that the project’s effects on wildlife and vegetation will be significant, but that it is nonetheless in the public interest.

British Columbia opposes big tar-sands pipeline. The Canadian province of British Columbia has come out in formal opposition to a plan for a massive pipeline system that would carry bitumen from Alberta’s tar-sands fields to a coastal port, pointing out the significant dangers of oil spills. But we’re not talking about the Keystone XL pipeline here. We’re talking about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project, a pair of pipelines proposed to carry tar-sands oil west across B.C. to a port in the town of Kitimat — effectively a backup system in case America rejects Keystone XL. Climate Change Blog: RELEASE: Victory as British Columbia Government Opposes Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline. The decision means it is highly unlikely the Northern Gateway pipeline [ search ] - to carry Alberta’s filthy tar sand bitumen to China - will commence any time soon, and that it has effectively been stopped. Ecological Internet is pleased to have successfully been the first to lead international opposition to the project, achieving with many others the second major delay to the flawed proposal.

Concerns expressed over the inability to cleanup spilled bitumen in water apply equally to the flawed Keystone XL pipeline, for which President Obama is now clear to deny approval. Pledge to defeat the planet-killing trade deal. Enbridge launches multimillion-dollar ad campaign to combat B.C. pipeline opposition. Enbridge Inc. said Tuesday it is launching a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign in British Columbia promoting its Northern Gateway pipeline project in response to stiffer opposition than it anticipated over the $5.5-billion Alberta-to-Kitimat proposal. "You are going to see a much higher visibility for Enbridge over the next few days. In newspapers, in television and online," said Paul Stanway, manager of Northern Gateway communications for Enbridge. "It's become quite apparent that the debate has become a provincewide issue. " The same day Enbridge announced its campaign, which the company said will cost several million but less than $5 million, Greenpeace activists hung an anti-pipeline banner from the Lions Gate Bridge.

Cosmetics retailer LUSH also joined the anti-Enbridge pipeline campaign by posting "Stop Enbridge" signs in its windows. "This is a mounting campaign. Holder said the ad campaign is part of a corporate outreach program. Top 10 Facts About the Alberta Oil Sands. Canadian Oil Sands Flyover. Canadian Oil Sands Flyover. Canadian Oil Sands Flyover. Feds ‘abdicate’ responsibility for environment, have no plan. Nelson Mandela in Ottawa, May 15, 1992 Dec. 5, 2013 The Hill Times archives Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Ottawa in May 1992. The honorary Canadian who helped end apartheid in his country died on Dec. 5 at 95 years old. Governor General David Johnston said, "When history speaks of the very best examples of humanity, we will speak of Nelson Mandela.

" Bill C-38: the Environmental Destruction Act. Packing so many attacks on nature into one bill, Harper bets, will confuse citizens. Here's what's at stake. Ominous omnibus: 70 federal laws changes within one bill, so why is Harper limiting exposure and debate? Usually when the Harper Conservatives bring in a new law, there is a big roll-out. No Enbridge Tankers/Pipeline in BC Great Bear Rainforest! Gateway Designed to Pump Far More Crude than Advertised. Pipes could carry 60 per cent more than now proposed. Result: hundreds more tankers off BC's coast. How many mega-tankers a day? If feds approve Gateway, they'll fast track later expansions, history shows.

British Columbians are becoming more aware of two major oil pipeline proposals -- Enbridge's Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline. These pipelines have been advanced by the government of Canada on behalf of large, multinational oil companies as well as the Chinese government's mega national oil companies, Sinopec, PetroChina and China National Offshore Oil Company. Oilsands Advocacy and Memo. Documents show Enbridge concerns about Tides Canada. Oil firms aid federal Tories in selling EU trade deal. Dina O'Meara, Calgary Herald; With Files From Postmedia.

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012 Representatives of Canada's energy services industry have backed the federal government's push for a trade agreement with the European Union, saying the deal will increase their competitive edge. "As an individual company providing services in the Canadian market place and marketplaces around the world, we understand the necessity and the importance of having a diversified client base," said Murray Cobbe, chair of pressure pumping giant Trican Well Service. "And I know our clients here in Canada when they go to export their product, be it oil or gas, they really understand the need for diversified purchasers.

" Cabinet ministers, senators and Conservative MPs fanned out across the country Friday, selling the merits of a CanadaEU free-trade pact in 18 different events, arguing that myths have overtaken the realities of the deal. Emma Gilchrist: Prime Minister By Day, Oil Exec By Night. Tories accused of being ‘one of most anti-environmental governments in the world’ Canada's Economy: Pipeline Approval Necessary To Boost Employment, Government Says. Budget bill contains environment policy overhaul - Politics. The government's budget implementation bill introduced today contains the sweeping changes to environmental reviews that were announced last week as well as other "major legislative changes," according to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

At more than 400 pages, the bill is packed with measures contained in the March budget, including allowing for changes to the eligibility age for the Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits. Media Release: Imagine Canada Reacts to Budget 2012. PDF Version Ottawa, March 29, 2012 – Imagine Canada, the national umbrella organization for charities and public benefit nonprofits, is pleased that the government will “continue to explore social finance instruments” and we encourage the acceleration of these efforts as the sector seeks to meet growing demand with ever constrained financing.

Tides Canada recognized as leader in transparency and governance. As the accusations continue to fly around the integrity of Canadian charities, national nonprofit Imagine Canada has named Tides Canada one of the country’s top organizations in terms of transparency, governance and good management. Saskatchewan: Tar Sands. TransCanada Reapplies For Keystone XL Permit.

Canada Minister: Opponents To Tar Sands Are Foes Of Canada.