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Dirty Oil Sands Ad Greets Alberta Premier in Wyoming

When Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach flew into Wyoming for the Western Governor's Association meeting this week he undoubtedly saw the full page ad in the Casper Star-Tribune decrying his province's massive oil sands operations.

Organized by Environmental Defence, and its partners ForestEthics and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the idea behind the ad was to reach out to U.S. Governors to expose the truth about Canada's dirty tar sands.

A full copy of the oil sands advertisement can be downloaded from the Environmental Defence website.

Wind Power Outpaces Nuclear, China Outpaces Itself

A new report issued by the Worldwatch Institute finds that new wind power installations outpaced new nuclear power plant construction by 10-to-1. Globally, the wind industry added 20,000 MW of new capacity last year, while the nuclear industry added less than 2,000 MW.

A big surprise for the author of the report was the massive upswing in wind installations in China:

“The biggest surprise is China, which was barely in the wind business three years ago but which in 2007 trailed only the United States and Spain in wind installations and was fifth in total installed capacity. An estimated 3,449 mega­watts of wind turbines were added in 2007, bringing China's provisional total to 6,050 megawatts and already exceeding the govern­ment's target for 2010.”

Canada Passes Major Climate Bill - Government Ignores It

You know how Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, but lost the election?

Well, in a way, that's kind of what happened in Canada recently.

Last week, a Bill called The Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-377) received a majority vote in the House of Commons and if enacted would be the toughest climate legislation passed by any national government in the world.

Environment Canada Report Pans Harper Government's Climate Plan

A new Environment Canada report “discreetly” posted on the Department website shows that the Canadian government's climate change plan will reduce greenhouse gas by a fraction of what was originally promised.

According to an article by Mike de Souza at Canwest News Service:

The plan shows that many existing climate change measures such as the transit tax credit, regulations to increase biofuels production and the banning of incandescent light bulbs will result in a fraction of the greenhouse gas emission reductions that they were previously estimated to achieve.”

Is General Motors Ditching the Hummer?

General Motors has announced the closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, affecting 10,000 workers, as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

On the Hummer, General Motors CEO, Rick Wagoner said GM is:

undertaking a strategic review of the Hummer brand, to determine its fit with GM's evolving product portfolio” in light of changing market conditions. [my emphasis]

Your Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act Talking Points

Dan Weiss at the Center for American Progress has assembled a list of the “Top Ten Industry Arguments Against Action on Global Warming… and Why They  Are Wrong” for the upcoming debate on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act.

These will no doubt come in handy in the comments section of the blogosphere over the coming weeks. 

1,700 Scientists and Economists Call For Immediate Action on Greenhouse Gas Reductions

More than 1,700 of the nation's most prominent scientists and economists today released a joint statement calling on policymakers to require immediate, deep reductions in heat-trapping emissions that cause global warming.

Polar Bear Listed as a "Threatened Species" by the US Department of the Interior

The US Department of the Interior has just announced that is has listed the Polar Bear as a “Threatened Species” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Here's a copy of the news release, analysis to follow shortly on what this means for oil exploration in Alaska:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced that he is accepting the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The World's Top Gas Guzzlers

Any guess who the largest gas guzzler is in the world?

According to the World Resources Institute, here are the world's top consumers of motor gasoline per capita broken down by region. All units are in liters per person.

Burning the Future: Coal in America

Want to learn the harsh realities of so-called “clean coal.”

Director David Novack's documentary Burning the Future: Coal in America, will air on the Sundance Film Channel on May 13th. David told us that the DVD of his film will be out in a few weeks.

Here's a clip.

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