Forests and Climate Change

Saying no to CO2

James Hansen is a physicist and head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space

Studies in New York. He is also a well known climate change expert and activist. Earlier this month he travelled to Alberta to address a public hearing into Total's plans to expand its Joslyn oilsand mine.

Here is an edited version of media interviews with Hansen.

Question: Why are you in Ft. Saskatchewan at the Total hearing, making your first appearance in front of Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board?

Answer: Because coal and unconventional fossil fuel are the key to limiting climate change in the future. They only make sense to develop to a small number of companies and stockholders. For the overall public, especially for young people, they are a very bad bargain because they increase C02 emissions.

Q: Why should we halt all oilsands' expansion plans?... Read more »

Joint Review Panel holds strong against Government attempts to undermine sustainability for the Mackenzie Gas Project

Edmonton, Alberta–  The Joint Review Panel has responded with strong words to the federal and NWT governments' proposed rejection or modification of many of the JRP's key recommendations for the Mackenzie Gas Project. Yesterday the JRP reiterated the necessity of their recommendations being implemented if the project is to contribute to sustainability and to avoid significant adverse impacts.

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Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

OCTOBER 7, 2010 EDMONTON — The Joint Review Panel should not approve TOTAL’s Joslyn North tar sands mine, said Sierra Club Prairie, in its final submissions today at the ongoing hearings. After days of expert testimony and cross-examination, Total’s proponents were unable to deny the negative environmental impacts of their new mine proposal. The evidence presented by NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen pertaining to climate change impacts, Petr Cizek pertaining to the gaps in accounting for cumulative negative effects, and Dr. Bill Donahue regarding water contamination were particularly condemning.... Read more »

RELEASE: Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

OCTOBER 7, 2010 EDMONTON — The Joint Review Panel should not approve TOTAL’s Joslyn North tar sands mine, said Sierra Club Prairie, in its final submissions today at the ongoing hearings. After days of expert testimony and cross-examination, Total’s proponents were unable to deny the negative environmental impacts of their new mine proposal. The evidence presented by NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen pertaining to climate change impacts, Petr Cizek pertaining to the gaps in accounting for cumulative negative effects, and Dr. Bill Donahue regarding water contamination were particularly condemning.... Read more »

Poster child for oil sands

Drew Zieglgansberger politely shows off as he tours visitors around Cenovus Energy Inc.' s Christina Lake oil sands project, an operation the industry believes will define the future of energy developments in northern Alberta.

He challenges them to spot seismic lines that cut never-ending swaths out of boreal forest, which are there but harder to spot from the ground now that their paths are jagged and narrower than in the past. He boasts how the wooden mats his company uses for machinery roads when installing pipelines reduce environmental destruction. He points out dirt bridges that serve as wildlife crossings built over suspended snakes of pipeline.

Christina Lake, after all, is essentially a drilling project, rather than a strip mine.... Read more »

            

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