It's time to ask the question: Who benefits from the
Because it's notyou or I.
In a report
released today, ForestEthics reveals that 71% of all Tar Sands production is
owned by non-Canadian shareholders. Oil companies such as Suncor, Canadian
Oil Sands and Husky only look Canadianon the outside. On
the inside, Harper is peddling our oil to the highest foreign bidder.
Environment be damned.
The Harper Government claims it’s promoting
the Tar Sands and pipeline projects on our behalf, but our research shows
that’s just not true. Oil profits are benefitting foreign investors and
foreign oil companies, while Canadians are left with a toxic legacy and
huge clean up bills. That’s not okay.
It's time to set the record straight. I’m airing Harper’s dirty laundry in a
press conference right now and I think Harper and Big Oil will try and bury
this story. However, you can help spread the truth:
take 2 minutes to read
the report. Then join our online protest:
Email the report to your friends. (Forward this message.)
Last month, our Federal Government gutted long-standing environmental laws
designed to protect OUR land, air, and water.
They are threatening our
fisheries, fresh water and coastline with oil spills and destroying old
growth boreal forest and endangered caribou habitat to expand Tar Sands
I am a Canadian and a mother. I want my children to grow up
in a Canada that they can be proud of, a Canada that leads the world
towards a clean energy economy, and a Canada that governs in the
interest of its people, not on behalf of Big Oil.
Five minutes is
all it takes. Read the report and stop the exploitation of our natural
Co-Founder of ForestEthics
ForestEthics Advocacy Board Member
P.S. If you can think of other creative ways to spread this message—in
chat rooms or blogs—then go for it. Take action, make noise. It has never been
Vancouver Island is surrounded by clean, cold water. The
Pacific Ocean cradles the island moderating its climate and providing
livelihoods for many in the fishing industry. One of the successful, modern
fisheries is raising of scallops in the Georgia Strait in Qualicum Bay.
Vancouver Island Scallops have developed a method for
farming the delectable little morsels and until the past few years, been very
successful at it. The scallops are started in the hatchery and when they have
attached to lines are put in nets and placed in the ocean waters. Scallops are
filter feeders so they get their food from plankton floating in the cold
waters. It usually takes about three years before a scallop is ready for
Scallops are called bivalves(two shells). The shells are
made up of chalky material high in calcium carbonate. You know what a scallop
shell looks like if you’ve ever seen the Shell Oil symbol. That’s it.
Unfortunately for the scallops and their shellf…
Most of us are aware of the part that Styrofoam and plastic
bags have played in contributing to the load of plastics in the oceans. Have
you ever wondered what happens to the stuff of tires when they wear down? The
tiny bits that wear off your tires and those of all those other “rubber” tires
around the world mostly ends up in the oceans.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) has
published a report that points to two big polluters – tiny plastic particles
from modern tires and synthetic clothing.
Both contribute about 30% of the overall plastic load being
funneled into our oceans today. These two sources alone are estimated to add
about 9.5 million tonnes annually to our waters.
The IUCN lists the top seven plastic polluters and surprisingly
plastic shopping bags don’t make the list. Following are the seven worst
polluters according to the group. ·Tires – many are not made of rubber any longer
but are a complex mixture including plastics·Synthetic textiles – the gr…
Gas flaring wastes gas and adds to atmospheric warming
The current practise of flaring off methane that is routine
in many gas and oil operations may soon be a thing of the past. Researchers
associated with the University of Washington, Pullman, have developed a new
technique which makes it far less expensive to convert the methane so that it
can be used more easily.
Researchers Jean-Sabin McEwen and Su Ha have tweaked the
catalytic reaction to make the conversion more economical. “Right now, we just waste all those gases,” said Ha.
“If we can efficiently and effectively convert methane from shale or gas fields
to electric power or useful products, that would be very positive.” A large
percentage of the US methane is currently flared off. Methane is a potent
greenhouse gas and contributes a large percentage of the world’s atmospheric
greenhouse gases. One molecule of the gas contributes over 30 times the warming
effect of one molecule of carbon dioxide. Methane
is a useful gas, making up…