Tar Sands

We're about to see how serious Europe is about climate change

Posted by sgelmini — 22 January 2014 at 11:58am - Comments
Wind park Gunfleet Sands in the North Sea
All rights reserved. Credit: Paul Langrock / Greenpeace
The UK government has been lobbying against a binding European target for renewable energy

If you’re concerned about the impact runaway climate change is likely to have on our planet, then you might want to keep an eye on what’s happening in Brussels today. At around midday, the European Commission will unveil a major package of measures on climate and energy. They are likely to cover a range of vital issues from cutting polluting carbon emissions to promoting clean energy, from regulating fracking to banning the most polluting transport fuels.

In awe of people power after major tar sands success

Posted by jossg — 23 February 2012 at 2:48pm - Comments
Tar sands mine in the boreal forest of Canada
All rights reserved. Credit: Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace
A major success for people power as a vote on tar sands oil in the EU today

I’m having one of those moments when I’m genuinely in awe of what people power can do when there’s enough of us working together to take on the most polluting companies in the world.

Rex Weyler on tar sands and Keystone XL

Posted by Anders79 — 15 February 2012 at 12:28pm - Comments

A discussion between Anders Lorenzen, from SW London Greenpeace, and Rex Weyler one of the early Greenpeace pioneers, who's still active today.

Major victory over Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, but more battles to come

Posted by bex — 19 January 2012 at 5:34pm - Comments
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Rubbish piled up on the barren ground of the tar sands outside Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

President Obama has just said no to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was to carry tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas. Despite a fierce lobbying campaign by oil companies and by Canada's Harper government, Obama spiked the pipeline - in part thanks to an unprecedented and global grassroots uprising.

Canada: climate criminal

Posted by Rex Weyler — 12 January 2012 at 4:14pm - Comments
At dawn on the opening day of the UN climate summit in Durban, Greenpeace brands
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At the UN climate summit in Durban, Greenpeace brands the Harper government 'CLIMATE FAIL'

At the dawn of the 21st century a new political regime has transformed Canada from global hero – once standing up for peace, people, and nature – to global criminal, plunging into war, eroding civil rights, and destroying environments.

As Canada protects the polluters, the people hold the key to stopping tar sands expansion

Posted by bex — 13 December 2011 at 2:52pm - Comments

With the decision by Canada to pull out of the Kyoto protocol, it's clear that the Canadian government cares more about protecting the polluters (particularly the tar sands industry) than the people. But our new report shows that the people hold the key to stopping the growth of tar sands oil production - and investors would be wise to take note.

Ministry blocks anti-tar sands law, so we block ministry's front door

Posted by jamie — 28 November 2011 at 12:13pm - Comments

Right now, 50 activists are blockading the Department for Transport with two immobilised cars parked in front of the entrance. Why? Because our government is trying to scupper EU legislation that will block tar sands oil - the dirtiest, most polluting form of oil there is - from being sold at UK petrol pumps.

EXPOSED: Canada's secret tar sands lobbying of UK ministers

Posted by petespeller — 27 November 2011 at 1:29am - Comments
Syncrude Oil Operations in Alberta Tar Sands
All rights reserved. Credit: Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace
View of smoke plumes emitted from the Syncrude upgrader plant north of Fort McMurray.

Documents obtained by The Cooperative and Friends of the Earth Europe through Freedom of Information requests and shared with Greenpeace reveal numerous high-level meetings between Canadian ministers, oil executives and British government officials focused on the UK’s position on a new EU policy that would significantly restrict tar sands oil coming into Europe.

Shutting the door on tar sands fuel in Europe

Posted by Charlie Kronick — 14 October 2011 at 5:15pm - Comments
Greenpeace supporters deliver messages protesting about tar sands to Whitehall

Last week, the European Commission announced a key change to legislation that could virtually stop the import of fuel made from tar sands into the EU. If it becomes law, it would make tar sands projects an even more risky bet for energy companies and investors.

Photo essay: Oil on Lubicon Land

Posted by bex — 23 June 2011 at 10:32am - Comments

From deepwater drilling in the Arctic to the Tar Sands in Canada, oil companies are going to ever greater extremes to squeeze the last drops of oil from the Earth. And where oil companies pile in, environmental destruction follows.

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