Oct 102018

Image Harry Taylor, 6, played with the bones of dead livestock in Australia, which has faced severe drought.  Credit  Brook Mitchell/Getty Images By Coral Davenport   INCHEON, South Korea — A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change […]

Oct 052018

Victory: The Trans Mountain legal saga is over October 5, 2018 Dear Sandra, It’s official. The legal battle over the Trans Mountain project is over and won. The federal government announced Wednesday that it will not appeal the Federal Court of Appeal ruling that quashed its approval of the Trans Mountain project. This means that […]

Oct 052018

Staring down opposite ends of the same pipeline You, in Saskatchewan.  Me in BC.  We’re staring down opposite ends of the same pipeline. BC – – West Coast: prevent death of coastal waters by oil spills and super size tanker traffic  – – means stop the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline Expansion  – – means stop […]

Sep 092018

 by Kevin Taft Canada is fortunate indeed to have a court system that produces rulings of the depth and quality of the Federal Court of Appeal’s judgment on the Trans Mountain Project. Covering 254 pages, it is clearly written, well informed, and thoughtful to the point of wisdom. In an era when democracy itself seems […]

Sep 092018
2018-04-19  Kevin Taft on what turned Rachel Notley from crusading critic to big oil crusader,   National Observer

 by Kevin Taft  Alberta Premier Rachel Notley I (Kevin Taft) spent four years in the Alberta legislature with Rachel Notley, from 2008 to 2012. I liked and admired her and was delighted when she became premier in 2015. Today when I watch her on pipeline and oil issues I ask myself, what happened to the […]

Sep 052018

RELATED TO: 2018-08-30   VICTORY: We’ve defeated Trans Mountain, from EcoJustice (the lawyers who argued the case) EXCERPT: . . .   the Federal Court of Appeal struck down the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project — effectively slamming the door shut on a project that, as it turns out, was never approved legally […]

Aug 302018

RELATED:  Reply to: the Court Decision on the TransMountain (Kinder Morgan) Pipeline is “a big mistake”   From: Devon Page, Ecojustice Sent: August 30, 2018 Subject: VICTORY: We’ve defeated Trans Mountain   Just moments ago, the Federal Court of Appeal struck down the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project. It’s been a […]

Aug 302018

Sandra, I’m speechless. This morning, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline approval. This is a huge victory for Indigenous rights, for communities and for our planet. All I have to say today is thank you. To the Indigenous Peoples who have led this movement in since day one, to the […]

Aug 292018

French environment minister quits live on radio with anti-Macron broadside Angelique Chrisafis in Paris Emmanuel Macron’s climate commitment to “make this planet great again” has come under attack after his environment minister dramatically quit, saying the French president was not doing enough to meet environmental goals. Nicolas Hulot, a celebrity environmentalist and former TV presenter, […]

Aug 252018
2018-08-06   Comment on "Estimates of exceedances of critical loads for acidification", includes connection tar sands - nuclear - university.

THE REPORT is at: 2018-07-13   “Estimates of exceedances of critical loads for acidifying deposition in Alberta and Saskatchewan” (water and land, nitrogen and sulphur from oil sands)   COMMENT:    I  conclude this is a good news story, taking place over 12 years! Serendipity:   In June 2006 I sat beside a water scientist who told […]