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Peter Kent’s green agenda: Clean up oil sands’ dirty reputation

The oil sands have a new defender: freshly minted Environment Minister Peter Kent, who calls Canada’s tarry resource an “ethical” source of energy that should take priority in the U.S over foreign producers with poor democratic track records.

He balked at naming rival overseas suppliers that should take a back seat to Canadian oil-sands petroleum, saying he didn’t want to upset diplomatic relations. Read more »

Posted January 12, 2011 by Anonymous

Minister vows not to let emissions rules hamper oil-sands investment

Citing the tentative economic recovery, new Environment Minister Peter Kent says the Harper government will not impose any greenhouse-gas reductions on the oil patch that discourage investment.

Canada, which has committed to roughly matching U.S. efforts on fighting climate change, is watching carefully as the Obama administration rolls out new emission rules for power plants and refineries.


Posted January 12, 2011 by Anonymous

Wild Lands Advocate December 2010, Vol. 18, No. 6

The December 2010 issue of Wildland Advocate (Vol. 18, No. 6) is available for download from the AWA website.


  • Wild Ecosystems and Climate Change – the Seminal Work of Dr. Camille Parmesan
  • Alberta’s Climate Change Future is Here Already
  • Climate Change and Water in Alberta: Are we Dammed?
  • Climate Change and Biodiversity on Alberta’s Southern Eastern Slopes
  • Point/Counterpoint: Population Growth and the Future of Wilderness
  • ‘Potatogate’ Victory: People Power Does Work!
  • Read more »

Posted December 20, 2010 by AEN

Moving Forward from Bill 29

Following the withdrawal of the draft Alberta Parks Act, the Alberta Wilderness Association has posted its letter to the Alberta Minister of Tourism, Parks, and Recreation (pdf) in order to "emphasize those critical elements which must form the basis of any parks legislation."

Posted December 13, 2010 by AEN

Field Notes: News from AEN Member Groups

Melissa Gorrie posts on the Ecojustice Canada blog about the Carbon Capture and Storage Statutes Amendment Act and why Albertans…

"…should be concerned about the risks the government is taking with their health and the ecosystem and must call on government to amend this legislation before it is implemented."

Over at the Pembina Institute blog, Jennifer Grant posts about the ERCB's apparent "flip-flop" on the rules for oilsands tailings production; David Dodge introduces us to Pembina's new Executive Director; and Clare Demerse reports on the just-concluded UN climate talks in Cancun.

Posted December 13, 2010 by AEN

ELC News Brief Vol. 25 No. 1

The Environmental Law Centre has posted the first issue of the new look News Brief (Vol. 25 No .1) to their website. The issue is about "land use planning in the Lower Athabasca region and features articles on interpreting the Land Use Framework, biodiversity in the region and two related Federal Court actions." Read more »

Posted December 9, 2010 by AEN

Implementation of Watershed Plans: Approaches, issues and recommendations

The Environmental Law Centre has made available to view or download the materials from their "Implementation of Watershed Plans: Approaches, issues and recommendations" webinar.

Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) are at various stages of creating and implementing water and watershed management plans. There are numerous questions about how implementation of watershed plans is best achieved and what policies may be useful for meeting plan outcomes.

Posted October 28, 2010 by AEN

Wild Lands Advocate October 2010, Vol. 18, No. 5

The latest issue of the Wildlands Advocate is now available from the Alberta Wilderness Association website.


  • The Illusion of Integrity
  • What is Happening With the New Provincial Parks Legislation?
  • Do Mountain Bikes Belong in the Backcountry? Absolutely.
  • A Sordid Affair: Mountain Biking in Canada's National Parks
  • The Willmore: Stronger Management... What's So Evil About World Heritage Status?
  • Potatogate: Turning Endangered Species Habitat into Potato Chips
  • Read more »

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

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