Oil Sands

Media Release

Honour commitment to the G20 — eliminate fossil fuel subsidies

OTTAWA - Sierra Club Canada supports the federal government's international commitment to eliminate subsidies to the oil and gas industry. The estimated $2 billion in tax breaks and incentives would be of greater benefit to Canada invested in green jobs and producing renewable energy.

"Two billion dollars invested in renewable energy could close a coal plant and create hundreds of new green jobs in Nova Scotia," said  John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. Read more about Honour commitment to the G20 — eliminate fossil fuel subsidies

Media Release

Report Shows the Worst Tar Balls Coming from Canada

Tar Sands Invasion Details Risks of Expensive, Dirty Oil Source

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the oil spill disaster in the Gulf deepens, Canada's oil industry is taking advantage of the catastrophe to offer its dirty oil as an alternative to offshore drilling. A report released this week crushes that myth. Tar Sands Invasion: How Dirty and Expensive Oil from Canada Threatens America’s New Energy Economy details the enormous financial and environmental costs associated with what has been termed the largest and most destructive project on the planet. Read more about Report Shows the Worst Tar Balls Coming from Canada

Event

Heartland Reality Tour 2010

May 29 2010 - 4:00pm

Exposing the social, health and environmental costs of industrial development in Edmonton's back yard.

On behalf of Citizens for Responsible Development - a group of concerned farmers and residents in the Fort Saskatchewan area - we would like to invite you, or a representative from your group, to accompany other Edmonton area community leaders on a special 1 day tour of the Industrial Heartland on Saturday, May 29th. Read more about Heartland Reality Tour 2010

Story

Gulf spill exploited to paint oil sands green

In the wake of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice has joined Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach to beat the drum for the oil sands. Prentice recently portrayed the oil sands as a less environmentally risky alternative to offshore drilling. The Pembina Institute's Danielle Droitsch takes Minister Prentice and Premier Stelmach to task for "using their positions to sell the oil sands" rather than acting "as stewards to province's resources, ensuring responsible development of the oil sands and proper regulation of oil sands operators." She concludes:

The Gulf oil spill is not an opportunity to claim the oil sands are something they're not - safer, cleaner or more secure. The spill should serve as a grave reminder of what can happen if oil is not developed responsibly. Moreover, the spill should set in motion a cleaner, carbon-free energy future, where we don't depend on risky, environmentally damaging fossil fuels at all.

Link to posting on the Oil Sands Watch website. Read more about Gulf spill exploited to paint oil sands green

Event

Creativity & Possibility: Alternative Responses to the Oil & Gas Industry

Jun 11 2010 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Public Speakers Series

Oil & The Arts: Creative Responses to the Energy Economy

How do oil and art mix? How are visual artists, performance artists, and writers responding to the oil and energy economy? How are artists and curators representing, documenting, and archiving Alberta’s oil economy? What is the role of public art in contemplating the issues arising from Alberta’s oil economy? This speaker series will feature local and international artists, activists, and critics whose creative work addresses these questions and responds to the energy economy.

June 10: Creativity & Possibility: Alternative Responses to the Oil & Gas Industry
Peter von Tiesenhausen, Artist Read more about Creativity & Possibility: Alternative Responses to the Oil & Gas Industry

Location

Natural Resources Engineering Facility (NRE) 1-001
University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB
Event

Oil & the Arts: Protest & Promotion

Jun 4 2010 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Public Speakers Series

Oil & The Arts: Creative Responses to the Energy Economy

How do oil and art mix? How are visual artists, performance artists, and writers responding to the oil and energy economy? How are artists and curators representing, documenting, and archiving Alberta’s oil economy? What is the role of public art in contemplating the issues arising from Alberta’s oil economy? This speaker series will feature local and international artists, activists, and critics whose creative work addresses these questions and responds to the energy economy.

June 3: Protest & Promotion
Mike Hudema, Greenpeace
Eriel Deranger, Rainforest Action Network Read more about Oil & the Arts: Protest & Promotion

Location

Natural Resources Engineering Facility (NRE) 1-001
University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB
Event

Art as Activism, Public Art, and Artist as Citizen

May 21 2010 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Public Speakers Series

Oil & The Arts: Creative Responses to the Energy Economy

How do oil and art mix? How are visual artists, performance artists, and writers responding to the oil and energy economy? How are artists and curators representing, documenting, and archiving Alberta’s oil economy? What is the role of public art in contemplating the issues arising from Alberta’s oil economy? This speaker series will feature local and international artists, activists, and critics whose creative work addresses these questions and responds to the energy economy.

May 20: Art as Activism, Public Art, and Artist as Citizen
Brenda Kim Christiansen, Painter, Artist, Edmonton
Sherri Chaba, Artist, Edmonton
Ian Mulder, Muralist, Edmonton Read more about Art as Activism, Public Art, and Artist as Citizen

Location

Natural Resources Engineering Facility (NRE) 1-001
University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB
Event

The Politics of Art & Oil

May 14 2010 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Public Speakers Series

Oil & The Arts: Creative Responses to the Energy Economy

How do oil and art mix? How are visual artists, performance artists, and writers responding to the oil and energy economy? How are artists and curators representing, documenting, and archiving Alberta’s oil economy? What is the role of public art in contemplating the issues arising from Alberta’s oil economy? This speaker series will feature local and international artists, activists, and critics whose creative work addresses these questions and responds to the energy economy.

May 13: The Politics of Art & Oil
Imre Szeman & Maria Whiteman, University of Alberta
Sheila Muxlow, Sierra Club Read more about The Politics of Art & Oil

Location

Natural Resources Engineering Facility (NRE) 1-001
University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB

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