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Correspondence concerning President Obama's Keystone XL "climate test" Received under an Access to Information request
Email correspondence concerning U.S. President Obama's Keystone XL "climate test" from staff at Canada's embassy in Washington.
This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.
Briefing Notes for Minister Joe Oliver in response to IEA's World Energy Outlook 2012 Received under an Access to Information request
Briefing notes prepared by Natural Resources Canada for Minister Joe Oliver, relevant to the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.
This backgrounder features new analysis showing that producing enough bitumen to fill the Keystone XL pipeline would lead to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and inhibit Canada’s ability to meet its climate targets.
Challenges to exporting Canadian oilsands crude overseas An overview of significant short-term barriers and market uncertainties facing Canadian oilsands exports
There are several barriers that make exporting Canadian oilsands to overseas markets (and most notably Asian markets) a challenging prospect in the near future. This briefing note discusses the most likely options to transport oilsands beyond the American Midwest, where the export market is currently saturated with oilsands exports and new Bakken shale oil production.
Pipeline and Tanker Trouble The impact to British Columbia's communities, rivers, and Pacific coastline from tar sands oil transport
This report highlights the environmental risks associated with the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry more than half a million barrels of raw oilsands crude oil (known as bitumen) daily across important salmon-bearing rivers, coastal rainforests, and sensitive marine waters in British Columbia.
Keystone XL in context: oilsands and environmental management Two decades of ineffective policies have left their mark on the Canadian landscape
Filling the proposed KXL pipeline with oilsands will result in nearly a 50 per cent increase in oilsands production. Until environmental management of the oilsands is improved, KXL will cause significant environmental harm due to increased oilsands production.
These briefing materials provide a summary on the impact of oilsands development on land, species at risk, First Nations, water and tailings and greenhouse gases.
Oilsands and climate change How Canada's oilsands are standing in the way of effective climate action
The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline issued by the U.S. Department of State overlooked key information and context on greenhouse gas emission management in Canada.
This fact sheet and briefing note aim to supplement the dialogue by providing key information on oilsands emissions growth, future oilsands intensity improvements, and the climate policies in effect in Canada at the provincial and federal levels.
This in-depth study, prepared by the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation, explores the significance, benefits and impacts of the recent surge in natural gas production in North America, particularly in light of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.
Comparing the Offshore Drilling Regulatory Regimes of the Canadian Arctic, the U.S., the U.K., Greenland, and Norway
This report compares Canada's Arctic offshore drilling regulatory regime with the regimes of the U.S., the U.K., Greenland, and Norway. The study was initiated by the National Energy Board as part of its Arctic Offshore Drilling Review.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would connect the Canadian oilsands to the U.S. Gulf Coast market. Given the size, scope and market potential of the Keystone project, it would likely result in increased oilsands production.
This briefing note draws from a recent Pembina Institute analysis of the likelihood of near term opportunities for oilsands exports from Canada to Asia via the West Coast.
This backgrounder provides a general overview of life cycle assessment and examines the various analyses of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions conducted to date, and concludes with a recommended checklist for performing a robust life cycle assessment of oilsands greenhouse gas emissions to inform public policy decisions.
The Pembina Institute submitted an Access to Information request to Environment Canada, requesting correspondence on the subect of the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard.
Tackling emissions from industry Federal regulation of industrial greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and the implications for Canada
In the face of new regulations on large industrial facilities along with significant uncertainty posed by legal and legislative challenges in the U.S., Canada urgently needs to implement a comprehensive greenhouse gas reduction plan of its own.
The Pembina Institute submitted an Access to Information request to the Foreign Affairs department, requesting correspondence on the subject of Section 526 of the 2007 U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act — a little known U.S. law, which is intended to reduce the U.S. federal government's reliance on high-carbon fuels.
This briefing note outlines key information about greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oilsands today and in the future. Recent attention to the issue of greenhouse gases in Canada and the U.S. prompted the Pembina Institute to outline key issues in more detail.
In May 2010 U.S. Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman published a draft piece of legislation called the American Power Act, which would set U.S. national greenhouse gas emission targets and establish an economy-wide cap-and-trade system. This briefing note describes some of the provisions of particular significance for Canada.
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