Babel-on-the-Bay: Lies. And Trudeau-Trump lies.

You have come to expect it in the daily reports from the American White House. You know that the man in the White House tells lies. You just do not expect it from the guy in charge in Ottawa. And you already knew that the guy in charge at the White House does not give ...

The Disaffected Lib: Norway’s StatOil Bails on Tar Sands, Takes Half-Billion Dollar Loss

The Norse know a couple of things about oil – how to make money from oil and how to hold onto it. It’s how their government amassed the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund now worth a million kroner for every man, woman and child in the country. We, especially Alberta, might have done well to ...

The Disaffected Lib: Stephen Harper’s Oily Comeuppance

A Saudi prince once said that the Stone Age didn’t end because man ran out of stones.  The Age of Oil may be headed for the same fate.  A Goldman Sachs outlook suggests the price of crude oil will hover around $45 a barrel for the next year or so and could even hit $20. ...

The Disaffected Lib: "Extraordinarily Dirty" – What Obama Thinks of Athabasca Bitumen

Barack Obama didn’t pull any punches in giving his opinion about Alberta’s bitumen. Obama said he was still not sure whether he would approve Keystone, the $8-billion TransCanada Corp. project that would send oil from Alberta and the Northern U.S. to refineries in Texas. But he was more critical than ever, telling a South Carolina ...

The Disaffected Lib: Newsweek’s Obituary for the Athabasca Tar Sands

Is it time for the Barons of Bitumen to wave the white flag?  That seems to be the case according to an article from the latest NewsWeek, “Keystone and the Riddle of the Tar Sands.” …some of Alberta’s crude has made its way to market, but so much slower than it could have, or was ...

The Disaffected Lib: Whether You Support Pipelines or Not, Here’s Something We Can Surely Agree On.

No secret I’m opposed to both Kinder Morgan and Northern Gateway.  A sizeable majority of British Columbians are of the same mind but a significant minority supports the pipeline initiatives.  In situations like this it can be helpful to seek out areas of agreement, common ground. Here’s an idea we should all be able to ...

The Disaffected Lib: B.C. Economist Slams Bitumen Scam

She’s even using the “F” word, as in fraud.   And Robyn Allan says the fraud, on the Canadian people, is being perpetrated by the federal and provincial governments, Big Oil, Enbridge, a rightwing think tank, a major bank and, of course, their media waterboys. In her latest critique Allan makes several points: . Bitumen is ...

The Disaffected Lib: Washington and Beijing Talk the Talk, Now Must Learn to Walk

They’re the world’s two biggest national economies and the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases.  It’s encouraging then that the United States and China have announced an agreement to “accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gases by advancing cooperation on technology, research, conservation, and alternative and renewable energy.” Their joint statement goes to the heart ...

The Disaffected Lib: There’s Still a Chance

 Here’s what you need to know.   Today there is 25 per cent more atmospheric CO2 than there was in 2000. On the books right now are plans for the construction of 1,200 more coal-fired power plants that will create emissions equal to another China, today’s greatest greenhouse gas emitter ahead even of the United States. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Giant Tar Sands Lakes for Athabasca

Big Oil has figured out it’s way too expensive to fill in their bitumen mines with soil and far, far cheaper to simply transform them into lakes. Here’s the kicker.   Big Oil says we’ll have to wait for several generations to find out whether these lakes turn into pristine ponds or toxic pits.   They call ...

The Disaffected Lib: Hey Canada, Do You Really Want to Talk?

Having a conversation with a bitumen booster is like talking to a climate change denier.  It’s impossible to have a broad-reaching discussion, covering all the bases.   That’s because the Tar Sanders have some bases they want to bypass.   They want to narrow the conversation to play into their greatest strengths and ignore everything else.   And ...

The Disaffected Lib: Bitumen’s Oh So Dirty Little Secrets

There are some things that never come up when discussing the Athabasca Tar Sands or shipping bitumen to China. The difference between bitumen and conventional oil never comes up.  Bitumen isn’t oil.   In it’s processed, or upgraded, form its a sludge that has to be diluted and heated in order to pump it through pipelines.  ...

The Disaffected Lib: Cooking the Carbon Books

Maybe it’s time to put a cork in China’s hydrocarbon pipelines.  A study published in Nature reveals that irregularities in China’s energy consumption data suggest total carbon emissions from the People’s Republic could be as much as 20% greater than stated.   That would be the equivalent of the CO2 emissions of Japan, itself one of the top ...

somecanuckchick dot com: It’s the tar sands, stupid!

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; Act II, Scene ii, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare The Athabasca tar sands have always been, are now, and will always be known as… the Athabasca tar sands. Why? Because the tar sands’ consistency is actually similar ...

The Disaffected Lib: Harper, You Punk, Man Up!

Those goddamned self-righteous Tories like nothing better than to preach responsibility except when they get a chance to dodge it themselves.   And, when a chance does arise, they’ll use their full bag of tricks – secrecy, deception, manipulation, fear mongering – to get really stuck into their dodge. And so far I figure Harper’s biggest ...

The Disaffected Lib: World Bank, Countries Must Value Their Natural Capital

Hey, Steve Harper, are you listening?   The World Bank is calling.   They want Canada, and every other country, to start putting values, okay price tags, on all their natural capital.   Forests, peatlands, coasts, water, wildlife – everything should be costed out.   That way you can do a bit of math and figure out the mega-billion ...

The Disaffected Lib: Our Perverted Petro-Prime Minister and His Big Oil Pals Caught Again

Are Harper and his ilk just born liars?   Can their warped, Born Again brains even recognize truth? Courtesy of The Tyee, the latest Northern Gateway pipeline outrage.  It now turns out that pipeline is designed to carry 60% more toxic sludge bitumen than claimed that could translate into many hundreds of additional tankers passing through ...

The Disaffected Lib: Another Tar Sands Fantasy Challenged

To hear Big Oil and its political minions tell it, the Athabasca Tar Sands will be restored to their pristine state once the black sludge is finally gone.   This stands right up there with their promise, lo these many years, that they’re going to capture their carbon emissions and bury them safely underground.  Of course ...

The Disaffected Lib: In Defence of Dalton

Weighing the respective merits of the Athabasca Tar Sands and Canadian manufacturing is a hot button issue.  Ontario premier McGuinty found that out when he state, quite rightly, that one of the impacts of the Athabasca bitumen is to strengthen the Canadian dollar which, in turn, undermines competitiveness in the Canadian manufacturing sector. McGuinty only ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Dead Wolves of Athabasca

The next victims of Steve Harper’s bitumen fetish are to be thousands of grey or timber wolves.   Harper passed a death sentence on them, slaughtering one species supposedly to take himself off the hook for endangering another. Expanding Tar Sands production is contributing to the decline of caribou herds.  Harper’s solution is to again alter ...

The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Dirty Little Tar Sands Warning

Steve Harper has been warned – the Athabasca Tar Sands pose a “significant environmental and financial risk” to Alberta. That warning came in a secret report prepared for Wayne Routers, the clerk of the Privy Council Office, the federal government’s top civil servant. The industry has suggested that a shift in oilsands extraction to use ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Tar Sands – Environmentally Inconsequential

University of Victoria professor Andrew Weaver has supposedly dropped a bombshell – the Athabasca Tar Sands are inconsequential to the problem of global warming.   Or that is at least what the reporter who crafted the story wants you to believe. I have linked to the story from the Globe & Mail and I’ll let you ...

The Disaffected Lib: Tutu Targets Tar Sands

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and seven other Nobel laureates have written British prime minister David Cameron warning that Athabasca Tar Sands bitumen “threatens the health of the planet.”  The group is urging the UK to support European moves to classify Athabasca bitumen as highly polluting.  Last November, the Guardian revealed that the UK government has been ...

The Disaffected Lib: Are the Petro-Pols Setting Canada Up For a Crash?

Michael Ignatieff referred to it as the “beating heart of the Canadian economy in the 21st century.”  Prime ministers, Liberal and Conservative alike, have dared to dream of Canada as a global “energy superpower.”   Stephen Harper has led the charge as no other, championing high-risk pipeline projects to the American south and British Columbia’s pristine ...

The Disaffected Lib: What Could Bring the Tar Sands to Heel and Cost Canadians a Gazillion Dollars

A Saudi prince once quipped, “the Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones.”   His point was that the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.  He is right.   There are a number of factors that will render oil energy unviable well before it’s exhausted. When I finally ...