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Norway’s Oil Savings Just Hit $1 Trillion. Alberta Has $17 Billion. What Gives?

By James Wilt

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund just hit a grand total of US $1 trillion dollars.

Just in case you’re wondering, 12 zeroes looks like this: $1,000,000,000,000

The number is 2.5 times Norway’s annual GDP and serves as the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. It has also somewhat predictably triggered a new round of consternation among Albertans, mourning the state of their own fund currently worth a measly $17.2 billion. What the heck is up? Read more.

Four’s Company: Where NDP Leadership Candidates Stand on Energy and Climate Policy

By James Wilt

While there are only four candidates left in the race — Guy Caron, Jagmeet Singh, Charlie Angus and Niki Ashton — there are an enormous number of combined proposals related to energy, climate and environmental policies.

We take a look at what’s on offer from the NDP candidates. Read more.

New Government and B.C.’s Natural Gas: What Changes are Coming Down the Pipe?

By Christopher Pollon

With the rise of B.C.’s new NDP government, forged with the support of the B.C. Greens under climate scientist Andrew Weaver, there is now an opportunity to reset and find more realistic ways to tap the wealth of natural gas in the Peace region.

“The idea that there is going to be a big mega project like Petronas [Pacific NorthWest LNG] was nothing but a pipe dream,” says Weaver. “The real question is, what are we going to do with the resource?” Read more.

What That 205-Page BCUC Report on the Site C Dam Actually Said

By Judith Lavoie

A much-anticipated preliminary report from B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) has raised numerous questions about the Site C dam, underlined the extent of missing and out-dated information and pointed out unknowns surrounding the largest and most expensive infrastructure project in B.C.

In the case you don't want to plough through 205 pages, we’ve answered five burning questions about the preliminary report. Read more.

What Canada Needs to Do Now (But Isn’t) to Prevent the Worst Impacts of Climate Change

By James Wilt

With devastating hurricanes hitting the Caribbean islands and southern United States, massive wildfires displacing thousands in northern Manitoba and British Columbia and catastrophic flooding in India and Bangladesh killing more than 1,200 people, many Canadians are understandably anxious about what’s to come.

Yet Canada, which warmed at about twice the global average between 1948 and 2007, is still almost entirely unprepared for the impacts of those events, according to experts. Read more.

How Syncrude and Friends Benefitted from ‘Creative Sentence’ in 2010 Oilsands Duck Deaths

By Janice Paskey

The lethal mix of migratory birds and oilsands tailings ponds are in the news again this month.

On September 20 we learned another 123 birds died or will be euthanized after landing on a Suncor tailings pond. And on September 27, Syncrude Canada appeared in court for failing to prevent the deaths of blue herons at an Alberta oilsands site, the very same crime the company was convicted of in 2010 after an estimated 1,600 ducks met the same fate on one of its tailings pond.

Convictions like Syncrude’s are supposed to help to prevent the deaths of waterfowl on oilsands sites. So why are we here again? Read more.

Alberta Leadership Candidate Proposes Oil Pipeline to Arctic As World Aims to Get Off Oil

By Gillian Steward

As the leadership contest for Alberta’s newly formed United Conservative Party heats up, it’s no surprise pipeline politics are front and centre.

As four major oilsands pipeline projects from Alberta sit abandoned, stalled or awaiting review, one contender is proposing to beat the pipeline gridlock through an entirely new route.

It wouldn’t be through the west or east coast but through the Arctic — namely Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world, nestled in Hudson Bay. r34.

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