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Pembina Institute welcomes new executive director

An avid birder with an MBA plans to continue “tough but fair” approach

13 Dec 2010

CALGARY, AB — Starting in January, Ed Whittingham will take over as the executive director of the Pembina Institute, a 25-year-old sustainable energy think tank with offices across Canada.

"Pembina is at its best when we take our excellent research and use it to bring people together from all sides of an issue to find practical solutions," said Whittingham. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a professional and dedicated team." Read more »

Posted December 13, 2010 by AEN

Tailings regulations all bark, no bite

ERCB says it can exempt oilsands operators from meeting its regulations

9 Dec 2010

CALGARY — The Energy Resources Conservation Board has declared it has the power to exempt oilsands operators from meeting its regulatory standards, a move environmental groups say is indicative of the board’s toothless tailings pond management.

The ERCB’s declaration came in response to a review application submitted in August by Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Water Matters. Read more »

Posted December 9, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Environment Commissioner’s report

Federal government is failing to adequately monitor and report on water

7 Dec 2010

Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program, made the following statement in response to the release of the Fall 2010 report of the Federal Commissioner on Environment and Sustainable Development. Read more »

Posted December 8, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts as Canada again ranks near last on climate change performance index

6 Dec 2010

Matthew Bramley, director of the Pembina Institute's climate change program, made the following statement in response to today's release of the annual Climate Change Performance Index, in which Canada finished in 54th place of the 57 countries evaluated:
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Posted December 6, 2010 by AEN

Climate talks in Cancun: there is still time for Canadian leadership

3 Dec 2010

CANCUN, MEXICO — As the first week of United Nations climate talks in Cancun draws to a close, the stage is set for the arrival of political representatives to open the high-level portion of the negotiations.

Despite a rocky start for the government of Canada, which collected three Fossil of the Day awards on the first day of the talks, the remaining negotiations offer opportunities for Canada to step up and rebuild some climate credibility. Read more »

Posted December 6, 2010 by AEN

NEB should reject unsustainable Mackenzie gas project

Government refusal to implement panel recommendations undermines sustainability

2 Dec 2010

EDMONTON— The National Energy Board should reject the Mackenzie Gas Project given the refusal of governments to implement independent panel recommendations for sustainability, Sierra Club Prairie said.

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Posted December 2, 2010 by AEN

New Pembina analysis shows Canada falling behind the U.S. on regulating climate pollution

2 Dec 2010

OTTAWA — Detailed analysis released today by the Pembina Institute examines the structure and significance of the Obama Administration's plans to start regulating industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions next month. Despite the Government of Canada's stated intent to harmonize its climate change policies with the U.S., there are currently no proposed Canadian federal regulations to limit GHGs from key industry sectors like the oilsands. Read more »

Posted December 2, 2010 by AEN

CAPP withdraws yogurt ad in response to Sierra Club Canada complaint

30 Nov 2010

Ottawa – Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) Council has ruled the contents of the tar sands tailings ponds are “essentially like yogurt” in response to a complaint laid last month by Sierra Club Canada. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) quietly withdrew the ad shortly after the complaint was filed. Sierra Club Canada was barred from public statements until the ruling was issued late Monday, November 29, 2010. Read more »

Posted December 1, 2010 by AEN

Pembina Institute to release new analysis of U.S. greenhouse gas regulations for industry

Experts available to comment on the upcoming U.S. EPA regulations and their implications for Canada in advance of a technical briefing on Thursday

29 Nov 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Pembina Institute representatives are available to comment on the Obama administration's plan to regulate industrial greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act starting in January.  

The Institute will release a detailed analysis of the upcoming EPA regulations at a technical briefing on Thursday in Ottawa, where representatives will explain the new U.S. approach to regulating industrial emissions and what it could mean for Canada. Read more »

Posted December 1, 2010 by AEN

Alberta Shines As Minister Withdraws Bill 29

The bill threatened the natural integrity of Alberta's parks

24 Nov 2010

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is applauding Albertans and the Alberta Government for putting our wilderness first by withdrawing the proposed Alberta Parks Act-Bill 29.  Announced today in the midst of Alberta Legislature, Minister Ady stood up for the protection of Alberta parks as she withdrew the controversial Bill 29 and announced that a public consultation will be held for future parks legislation. Read more »

Posted December 1, 2010 by AEN

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