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Peter Julian has just announced he’s running for the leadership of the Federal New Democratic Party (NDP).

He wasn’t even on my radar, but now I’m very interested. These are some very bold, clear visions for the party; reject oil pipelines, invest in renewable energy, respect indigenous rights to oppose projects on their territory, inclusiveness to people with disabilities, eliminate university tuition, go after tax havens & the 1%, massive investments in affordable housing.

DAMN.

As The Guardian points out, Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was the first senator to bring up the proposed Keystone XL pipeline—a major climate-related issue that the Obama administration is expected to make a decision on in the coming months.

“It would be very good thing if the president right now rejected the use of tar sands oil in the Keystone pipeline,” Kaine said. “Why would we embrace tar sands oil and backslide to a dirtier tomorrow?”

Environmental advocates have been urging the administration to reject the 1,660-mile pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas, on the basis that it would increase the country’s contribution to climate change. Oil from the tar sands produces more emissions over its lifecycle than conventional oil.

In his big climate speech last summer, President Obama said that the pipeline should be approved only if it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” The State Department’s final environmental impact analysis did not find that the pipeline would, but another study recently questioned that analysis.

“I don’t want to bury my head in the tar sands,” said Kaine.

–Kate Sheppard

theunknownspartan  asked:

Could you describe me a neo liberal? Please? I'm kinda confused on the meaning and if Trudeau is one

Here’s a definition:

Neoliberalism is a policy model of social studies and economics that transfers control of economic factors to the private sector from the public sector. It takes from the basic principles of neoclassical economics, suggesting that governments must limit subsidies, make reforms to tax law in order to expand the tax base, reduce deficit spending, limit protectionism, and open markets up to trade. It also seeks to abolish fixed exchange rates, back deregulation, permit private property, and privatize businesses run by the state.

Justin Trudeau is a Neoliberal.

-He’s considering selling Canada’s airports & ports to the private sector:

Liberal Flirtation With Privatizing Airports Sets Off Alarm Bells

Privatizing Canada’s airports would bring costs for travellers and profits for corporations

-Is running an infrastructure bank which will likely lead to privatization of infrastructure:

Opinion: Trump and Trudeau plan to sell out our public infrastructure

Trump and Trudeau are gunning to massively privatize infrastructure – and it’s going to cost you - Behind the Numbers

Without any mandate, Trudeau pushes privatization

Liberals redirect $15B to infrastructure projects that ‘generate revenue’ for private investors

Some more links on Justin Trudeau’s Neoliberalism:

Trudeau’s criticism of ‘corporate elites’ rings hollow

Millions promised for Indigenous kids is subsidizing mining companies, internal documents show

If Trudeau Really Blames Corporate Elites, Why Did He Sign CETA?

Don’t be fooled by ‘good-looking Liberals:’ Fonda on Trudeau’s climate action

Bay Street pressured Liberals to break promise to close CEO tax loophole, documents show

How Trudeau Is Screwing Over the Generation That Got Him Elected

Justin Trudeau’s giant corporate giveaway | Martin Lukacs

Trudeau cabinet approves Trans Mountain, Line 3 pipelines, rejects Northern Gateway

Canada could face ’20 Standing Rocks,’ says Mohawk chief as Ottawa rejects need for ‘consent’

Justin Trudeau is also keeping Stephen Harper’s weak climate change targets (and has seemingly no way of meeting these targets with all his pipeline approvals). He’s also keeping Stephen Harper’s cuts to healthcare transfers. He’s rejected calls to improve Canada’s healthcare system by covering prescription medication.

Washington Post gives Obama 4 Pinocchios for his Keystone Pipeline lies

You know it’s bad when the Washington Post stops pulling their punches on Obama.

from WaPo:

“I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf. It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs. We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that’s something that we very much support.”

– President Obama, interview with WDAY of Fargo, N.D., Feb. 26, 2015
President Obama, seeking to explain his veto of a bill that would have leapfrogged the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, in an interview with a North Dakota station repeated some false claims that had previously earned him Pinocchios. Yet he managed to make his statement even more misleading than before, suggesting the pipeline would have no benefit for American producers at all.

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As we have noted before, when the president says “it bypasses the United States,” he leaves out a very important step. The crude oil would travel to the Gulf Coast, where it would be refined into products such as motor gasoline and diesel fuel (known as a distillate fuel in the trade). Current trends suggest that only about half of that refined product would be exported, and it could easily be lower.

A report released in February by IHS Energy, which consults for energy companies, concluded that “Canadian crude making its way to the USGC [Gulf Coast] will likely be refined there, and most of the refined products are likely to be consumed in the United States.” It added that “for Gulf refineries, heavy bitumen blends from the oil sands are an attractive substitute for declining offshore heavy crude supply from Latin America.” It concluded that 70 percent of the refined product would be consumed in the United States.

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Finally, note that Obama said Keystone was just for Canadian oil, and “we should be focusing on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers.” But actually, Keystone would help U.S. oil producers in North Dakota and Montana. TransCanada, the builder of the pipeline, has signed contracts to move 65,000 barrels a day from the Bakken area –and hopes to build that to 100,000. That’s nearly 10 percent of the region’s production.

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The truth is, of course, that Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline because he is ideologically opposed to America having energy independence.  His alliances with environmental groups are only half of the equation. The other half is the crucial part of Obama’s ideology that influences virtually all of his policy making: that the United States has led the world for too long and that our influence and successes should be redistributed to other countries around the world. 

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This polar bear is excited that President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline XL. 

Canada has the world’s third-largest oil reserve, and it’s worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Nearly all of that crude is contained in Alberta’s oil sands. Getting the oil from underground and into your car requires an extraordinary mining effort that has significant effects on the environment and is expensive.

In a world concerned about climate change and in which oil prices have plummeted, the oil sands industry faces an uncertain future.

Environmental activists have celebrated a few victories recently. Last month, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported oil sands crude from land-locked Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, giving producers access to the world market.

Another victory for environmentalists came when Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced that her government will limit carbon emissions from the oil sands business at 100 million tons a year. That could put a damper on the industry’s projected growth and prevent Alberta from taking full advantage of its huge oil reserve. That is, unless companies can figure out how to develop the resource and prevent carbon pollution. Shell believes it has a solution.

In November, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden was among dignitaries who turned a big, yellow ceremonial valve to mark the opening of the Quest carbon capture and storage project.

It captures about one-third of the carbon dioxide emissions from Shell’s oil sands upgrader plant. Then the company injects that CO2 deep underground so it stays out of the atmosphere.

Between Cheap Gas And Carbon Caps, Oil Sands Face Uncertain Fate

GIF: Annette Elizabeth Allen and Alyson Hurt/NPR

Obama administration to reject Keystone pipeline

The Obama administration will announce it has rejected the Keystone pipeline project, say sources, and will cite concerns about climate change as a key reason for the decision. The pipeline would have linked a span from Canada’s oil sands to the Gulf Coast, moving as many as 830,000 barrels of oil a day. Opponents said it would bolster America’s dependence on fossil fuels, and create fewer jobs than promised. - The Wall Street Journal


Watch an announcement from President Obama at 11:45 am ET, and follow the story, on Breaking News.

Howdy from Alberta!

Over the next few days I’m traveling through the Canadian province of Alberta. “Howdy” may seem like a strange greeting in Canada, but in some ways Alberta has a lot in common with Texas. 

The Canadian Finals Rodeo is getting under way in Edmonton. But I’m here for the other thing Alberta shares with Texas: oil. Specifically Alberta’s “oil sands” or, as some call it, “tar sands”. I want to learn more about the business, its future and efforts to reduce its environmental effects. 

I started Friday in Fort Saskatchewan where Shell executives and dignitaries posed for a photo at the company’s new Quest carbon capture and storage project.

The guy in the middle, in the red tie, is Ben van Beurden, the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell. He’s here because Quest is a big deal for Shell, which has a large investment in Alberta’s oil sands.

One of the criticisms of oil sands is that they require extra processing to make them usable. This project captures about 1/3 of the carbon dioxide emitted at Shell’s Scotford Upgrader and then injects it deep underground, so that it doesn’t contribute to climate change. 

My description makes that sound like a simple process but, as you can see, the Quest project is anything but simple. 

It took nearly three years to build and huge subsidies: C$740 million from Alberta and C$120 million from Canada. Still van Beurden sees this as a model that he hopes others will follow. 

My trip to the Quest project was cut short by related news that broke Friday: President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline

That sent me into a sort of rodeo of my own–a news rodeo–wrangling reaction interviews, roping key facts and then herding my stories through production to meet deadlines. 

Now the trip is back on track and soon I’m headed north to Fort McMurray to see the oil sands business first hand. 

Jeff Brady