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Tim Weis

Published in Calgary Herald (Feb. 10, 2012), Financial Post (Feb. 10, 2012), Ottawa Citizen (Feb. 10, 2012), Edmonton Journal (Feb. 10, 2012), The Vancouver Sun (Feb. 10, 2012), The Star-Phoenix (Feb. 10, 2012), Victoria Times-Colonist (Feb. 10, 2012), Montreal Gazette (Feb. 10, 2012)

By Tim Weis

Canada is quietly emerging as a renewable energy leader, but it will take the same political focus currently being put toward oilsands to ensure we retain and grow the jobs that are being created in the country's emerging clean energy sector.

Nathan Lemphers

Published in The Vancouver Sun (Dec. 18, 2010)

By Nathan Lemphers

Imagine going into a bank to apply for pre-approval for a mortgage. You don't have a steady income, so instead you present 10 cheques. They're one-time-only payments from anonymous sources and they don't amount to much of a down payment.

The bank would tell you to go home, get a steady job and come back when you've got long-term employment. Until then, you're wasting their time.

Simon Dyer

Published in iPolitics (April 4, 2012)

By Simon Dyer

If you followed coverage of the federal budget last week with an eye to environmental issues, you could be excused for thinking Canada’s environmental review process is a tangled web of unnecessary red tape that is stifling investment in Canada’s energy sector. 

Nathan Lemphers

Published in The Mark (Jan. 11, 2012)

By Nathan Lemphers

Apparently Canada is open for business but closed to criticism, no matter how constructive. This is the clearest conclusion that can be drawn from Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s open letter to Canadians, in which he attacks advocates of responsible oil-sands development as “radicals” and dismisses the concerns of thousands of Canadians who want to have a say in the decision of whether to build Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

Clare Demerse

Published in iPolitics (May 17, 2013)

By Clare Demerse

Clare Demerse, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, explains why Canada's reluctance to take leadership on climate policy makes Keystone XL a tough sell.

Clare Demerse

Published in Ottawa Citizen (March 4, 2013)

By Clare Demerse

The release of a controversial U.S. State Department environmental impact assessment late last week signalled a new phase in the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. The already-tense process looks set to get even more fraught as the technical phase starts to wrap up and the decision shifts squarely into the political arena.

Clare Demerse

Published in iPolitics (June 26, 2013)

By Clare Demerse

Clare Demerse, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, unpacks the implications of U.S. President Barack Obama's latest speech for Canada and the Keystone XL pipeline.

Clare Demerse

Published in The Toronto Star (Sept. 5, 2013)

By Clare Demerse

As Stephen Harper’s natural resources minister, Joe Oliver already spends a lot of time going to bat for Canada’s oil and gas industry.

But at a meeting of Canadian energy ministers in Yellowknife last month, Minister Oliver took his support to another level. There, he made an eloquent pitch that developing our resources is a new kind of nation-building and an opportunity we are obliged to seize.

We have reached a “pivotal moment” in our history, he said, one where “the easy assumptions of the past are giving way to new realities.” I think he’s entirely right about that — but not at all in the way he meant it.

Clare Demerse

Published in iPolitics (Feb. 14, 2013)

By Clare Demerse

With another round of rallies against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline planned for this weekend — and in the face of a clear commitment to tackling climate change in President Obama’s second term — Canada’s environmental record is coming under fresh scrutiny in the U.S.

The government’s answer to its U.S. critics? We’re not so different, you and I.

Clare Demerse

Published in Globe and Mail (Feb. 25, 2014)

By Clare Demerse

Over the last few months, debates about pipelines have become a staple of the news in Canada. In 2014, we can expect to hear a lot more about Energy East, a major west-to-east pipeline that would carry over one million barrels of crude per day. We need a venue for a meaningful discussion about the impacts — both positive and negative — of growing oilsands production.

Dan Woynillowicz

Published in Globe and Mail (June 1, 2012)

By Dan Woynillowicz

Canada needs more light and less heat on the economic impacts of oilsands expansion.

When it comes to energy issues, the list of things that are apparently too “divisive” to discuss seems to grow by the day — from climate change and pollution reduction, to a national energy strategy, and most recently the impacts of booming oilsands development across the Canadian economy.

Dan Woynillowicz

Published in Hill Times (March 5, 2012)

By Dan Woynillowicz

Over the past several years, Canada’s diplomats abroad have been engaged in an extensive and coordinated defense of the oilsands. They have been armed with speaking points developed with the oil lobby’s help, and even given license to threaten a “trade war.” Nowhere has this campaign been more intense than in Europe, where the European Union (EU) is poised to implement climate change policy that clearly labels oilsands imports as a more polluting source of oil than conventional crude.

Jennifer Grant

Published in Calgary Beacon (Aug. 25, 2011)

By Jennifer Grant

Thousands of Americans — many of them high-profile, law-abiding citizens — will be risking arrest over the coming weeks to send a message to their president about importing oil from Canada's oilsands: "Just say no."

Jennifer Grant

Published in Hill Times (Aug. 27, 2012), Stratford Beacon Herald (Sept. 4, 2012)

By Jennifer Grant

Amid all the controversy over pipeline projects recently, one critical fact is being overlooked: government regulators have already approved more than 5 million barrels per day of oilsands production, and we could reach that milestone just over two decades from now.

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