A Marriage Made for Mordor

March 27, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

As the oil price continues to delay development in the controversial and dirty oil sands, two Canadian oil companies have responded by consolidating their operations and merging. When Suncor Energy and Petro-Canada announced earlier this week that they were to merge to create Canada’s largest oil company, Suncor’s president and CEO Rick George said: “I … Read More

Co-Op Funds Tar Sands Legal Challenge

February 26, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

The fight over tar sands is definitely hotting up. Britain’s leading “ethical” bank, the Co-operative will announce today that it is to help fund a legal challenge by the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, which claims the boom in dirty tar sands extraction is destroying their ancestral hunting lands.

Obama Agrees: There is “No Silver Bullet”

February 20, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Never has a President’s words been scrutinised in so much detail, with people looking for a sign or slip about what he is thinking. Analysts and journalists have poured over his remarks during his brief trip to Canada on NAFTA, Afghanistan, climate change, clean energy and tar sands.

Obama Bets on Unproven Carbon Capture “Technology”

February 18, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

Eight months ago, in June 2008 President Obama was trying to improve his green credentials. The press were reporting how Obama may “Say no to Canadian tar sands”. One press report at the time noted that “Barack Obama took aim at the Alberta oilsands, declaring he would break America’s addiction to ‘dirty, dwindling, and dangerously … Read More

One Hours Profit for 500 Dead Ducks

February 10, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

The images last year of some 500 dead and dying ducks drowning in a toxic tailings pond was not one that Canada wanted the world to see. They wanted to keep the downside of Canada’s dirty tar sands business secret. But the images of the dying birds flashed around the world much to the annoyance … Read More

Canadian Begins Tar Sands Charm Offensive to Obama

January 14, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

No one would envy the size or serious nature of President Obama’s inbox when he takes office next week: the deepest recession for decades, America’s economy in freefall, conflict in the Middle East, climate change to name just a few. There will be pressing issues at home and abroad. You would think that given the … Read More

Shell Postpones Second Oil Sands Project

November 28, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

A few months ago it was all boom in Alberta. There was a labour shortage, skills shortage and the dollars were pouring in. Not any more. One by one the investments are drying up, as the crunch hits and the oil price bounces around the $50 mark. Oil giant Shell has announced it is delaying … Read More