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Are Greenpeace's stunts outrageous or essential?

The Alberta Environment Network consists of a wide variety of environmental non-governmental organizations — from large national organizations to small grassroots groups. AEN members employ a variety of tactics to achieve their environmental goals. Amongst the most controversial, are the direct action and civil disobedience tactics employed by Greenpeace in their oil sands campaign.

David Berry's piece in Alberta Views — The Disobedient Albertans — examines Greenpeace's tactics in Alberta, including the perspectives of a couple other AEN member groups.

Posted June 1, 2010 by AEN

Summer Hours Begin at BikeWorks!

Summer has officially begun at BikeWorks! We are now open 6 days a week and eager to help you get your bike in good shape and rolling smoothly over the summer. Read more »

Posted June 1, 2010 by AEN

Harper plays wallflower on climate

The Pembina Institute's Clare Demerse writes about the Harper government's goal to "harmonize" our climate policy with that of the United States; and compares Canada's climate policy to a character from a romantic comedy — "the girl so afraid of being alone that she'll settle for anyone." Read more »

Posted June 1, 2010 by AEN

Environmental Law Centre speaks about Bill C-9

Environmental Law Centre Executive Director Cindy Chiasson appeared on CBC Radio's The Current to talk about the significant changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act that are buried in the federal government's omnibus budget bill, Bill C-9.

Listen to the interview on the CBC website.

Posted May 26, 2010 by russ

Let the sun shine in

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released two new roadmaps — Solar Photovoltaic Power & Concentrating Solar Power — suggesting that solar power could provide up to 25% of global electricity production by 2050. The Pembina Institute's Tim Weis blogs about the findings and the policy shifts required to fully realize solar power's potential. Read more »

Posted May 21, 2010 by AEN

Canada trailing pack in race for clean energy future

The Pembina Institute's Clare Demerse gives us the highlights of the new report, Measuring Up: Benchmarking Canada’s Competitiveness in a Low-Carbon World,  from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE).

Canada ranks just behind the U.S. and finishes ahead of Italy and Russia. France, Germany and the U.K. take the top three spots. So while our government is adamant that we must harmonize Canada's climate policies with the U.S., there are actually much better role models among our G8 peers.

Link to the post on the Pembina Climate Change website. Read more »

Posted May 20, 2010 by AEN

Addictive but lucrative

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, there is increasing debate about the role of Alberta's oil sands as an alternative to offshore drilling to supply American energy needs. The Sierra Club's Executive Director, John Bennett, joined CBC Radio's alberta@noon to discuss the issue and take listeners' calls.

You can listen to the program here.

Posted May 19, 2010 by AEN

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Eight conservation groups, including AEN members CPAWS and Greenpeace, and the Canadian forest industry have signed off on one of the largest conservation agreements in the world. The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement covers 72 million hectares of publically owned forests — an area twice the size of Germany.

Posted May 18, 2010 by AEN

The geography of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions

The Pembina Institute's PJ Partington has crunched the numbers and come up with some interesting insights regarding the discrepancy between Alberta's contribution to GHG emissions and to economic growth.

What jumps out right away is that Alberta is responsible for over half (52 per cent) of Canada's emissions growth since 1990, despite being responsible for only 18 per cent of GDP growth and 19 per cent of the growth in population. Combined with Saskatchewan, the two provinces account for an astonishing 74 per cent of national GHG growth, but only 20 per cent of Canada's GDP growth and 19 per cent of population growth.

Link to the post on the Pembina website

Posted May 14, 2010 by Anonymous

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