Action Alert: Send your questions for Alberta's next premier and join online live discussion OCT 5th 11 am - 12pm!!!
Action Alert: Send your questions for Alberta's next premier and join online live discussion!
Alison Redford, Alberta's new designated Premier elect has a, what some people are calling, progressive platform. Just how progressive is Alison Redford? Alison Redford wants to create an authority to direct the government's efforts in the renewable energy sector. Redford's website says that this initiative will be based on the "success' of the Alberta Oil Sands Development Authority. The long and the short is, this authority would prefer large transnational and international partnerships in the deployment of renewable energy over local community control and community profit.
Redford will be online for a live discussion October 5th 11am - 12pm and accepting questions in advance. Submit your questions here! Click the link and submit your questions!
"My objective is to hand over a healthy Alberta to future generations. This ideal guides my thinking on energy issues" says Redford's website. However, her main objective to achieve this around the tar sands is to focus on reclamation rather then a recognizing local Indigenous communities request for a moratorium on new development in the region. As millions of tar sands dollars transfer from the people from whose land it is plundered from to international energy companies, shareholders, and distant profit margins, so too will this policy on renewable energy mean that local people will be shut out of being able to control, design, consent, and benefit from renewable energy deployment. Once again, we will watch the government prop up and favour large energy companies over small, decentralized, community owned power.
While Redford was the only major candidate who mentioned renewable energy deployment in any kind of detail (Mar said he'd leave it up to industry), this so-called "hands off" approach leaves it up to the greenwashing interests of the very companies that are destroying global and local ecosystems to decide when and where it is convenient for them to put up a wind farm.
We need to be out there asking hard questions of our new designated Premier elect to make sure that she truly is looking out for future generations. The province cannot handle more unabated tar sands development. We have too much to lose. So join Redford and the Calgary Herald for a live online discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click the link and submit your questions!
Remember that our Premier is there to be the voice of the people. So we the people need to stand up and question our leaders and guide them down the path we all want to see. Let's tell Redford about the Alberta we want to see. Fair, just, and equitable for our generation and the generations to come.
Action Alert: Join the Public Hearings on the Joint Review Panel on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project!! Sign up and have your voice heard!
The federal Joint Review Panel on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project is holding public hearings starting in January 2012, and you can made an oral statement. These Community Hearings are your only chance to speak directly to the Review Panel. However, the deadline to sign up to present an oral statement is October 6th! Register Now
Sierra Club Prairie recognizes there have been huge problems with the Enbridge JRP process, but engaging at the hearings offers an opportunity to give voice to the opposition within the process. Imagine if we could sign up thousands of people, to pack the rooms, and show the wide breadth of opposition.
Hearings will be held in Alberta as well as BC. However, the actual dates and locations have not yet been set, because the schedule is determined by who signs up. All of us, throughout the province, stand to be impacted by this project through expansion of tar sands development, oil spills and global warming.
There are no age restrictions and anyone can register. You don’t need to be an expert to speak to the panel. Even just a few words would do. Anyone can sign up, but if you want to make a statement you need to register TODAY! We encourage youth, elders, those impacted by tar sands projects and the pipeline, regardless of your geographic location, to stand up and speak up! Together we can stop this pipeline! Register Now ... Read more »
University of Calgary: Backyard wind turbines and solar panels the focus of new renewable energy research chair
CALGARY, ALBERTA, Sep 30, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Imagine your backyard transformed into a mini power station with your very own wind turbine and every house on your street equipped with solar panels. Today, the University of Calgary announced the new NSERC/ENMAX Industrial Research Chair in Renewable Energy at the Schulich School of Engineering to explore ways to implement renewable energy solutions at the household level.... Read more »
CALGARY - Alberta's energy minister says pipeline companies are being victimized by an increasingly hostile environmental movement.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, Ron Liepert noted it wasn't long ago that the pipeline sector went largely unnoticed, but that has changed with TransCanada's (TSX:TRP) plans for the Keystone XL pipeline to ship oilsands product south through the United States.
"I think back to the good old days this pipeline business used to be sort of a sleepy, boring, unnoticed part of the industry. That's not the case anymore," Liepert said.
"I think pipelines have sort of become the baby seals of the environmental groups these days."
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Over 200 protesters objecting to the federal government's enthusiastic support for Alberta's Tar Sands and the Keystone pipeline XL were arrested Monday morning as they attempted to stage a sit-in in the House of Commons.
The protesters wanted the chance to air their grievances with the environmentally reckless policies of the Harper-led Conservatives inside Parliament but were blocked from entering by fenced barricades and over 50 RCMP officers.
The protesters were encouraged by hundreds of boisterous supporters as they passed the media scrum and calmly hopped over police barricades.
Those arrested in the first wave of protesters trying to gain access to the House included chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Maude Barlow, and Dave Coles, the president of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, along with his executive assistant andrabble.ca blogger Fred Wilson.... Read more »