New Year: Old Dirty Tricks

January 3, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

It might be a new year but it’s the same old dirty tricks from the folks at the very unethical They are running an advertising campaign accusing leading Canadian environmental groups of being “front groups” paid by “Foreign special interests”. At the same time they have launched a highly misleading website called, which … Read More

Tar sands have trouble ‘getting to market’ – new report

December 13, 2011By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Research & Opinions 1 Comment

Our latest report, Getting to Market: Emerging Investor Risks in the Tar Sands highlights the latest challenge facing the tar sands industry and warns investors to look more critically at industry’s ambitious claims. Download the full report Tar sands extraction projects are moving forward with increasing pace. The industry ambition is to grow production from … Read More

What now? Reading the tea leaves on Keystone XL

November 15, 2011By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured

Written by Steve Kretzmann and Lorne Stockman Last week, the Obama Administration announced that it would “examine in depth alternative routes” for the Keystone XL pipeline and that this process “could be completed as early as the first quarter of 2013”. The Administration pledged to consider “all the relevant issues together”, including climate change, energy … Read More

Dead-End Oil

November 14, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

So the Europeans don’t want it. And by delaying the decision on Keystone XL for eighteen months, it looks like Obama and America doesn’t want it either. Despite one of the most aggressive marketing and public relations campaigns ever seen by the oil industry and Canadian government to try and sell the dirty tar sands, … Read More

President Obama sides with the “many over the money” by effectively rejecting Keystone XL

November 10, 2011By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured 4 Comments

This afternoon, officials at the White House and the State Department announced that they would “examine in depth alternative routes” for the Keystone XL pipeline and that this process “could be completed as early as the first quarter of 2013”. This amounts to an effective rejection of the pipeline.  During TransCanada’s third quarter results call … Read More

“Yes we can, stop the pipeline.”

November 7, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Yesterday, over 12,000 people came from across North America and Canada to the White House to call on President Obama to stop the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The thousands of protesters, some carrying a long black inflatable replica of a pipeline, formed a human chain around the White House. Some chanted “Yes we can, … Read More

A Koch Keystone XL Connection?

November 4, 2011By Steve KretzmannBlog Post, Separate Oil and State

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) recently renewed his request that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce investigate the role of Koch Industries in the Keystone XL pipeline. Waxman, the ranking minority member of the committee, made his request in a letter to committee chairmen Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.). Waxman first asked for … Read More