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When Canada signed the Kyoto Protocal, they agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 6% from their emission levels in 1990. In 2007 the Alberta Tar Sands used about 360 billion cubic feet of Natural gas to produce about 360 million barrels of oil. Destruction of Muskeg (Peat bogs) leads to the release of Methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (Co2), both are greenhouse gases.

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By 2005 Canada was clearly going in the wrong direction (2nd pair of bars on the left of the chart). In 2011 Canada rejected an extended Kyoto Protocol after 2012.

Tar Sands oil production is greenhouse gas intensive, says EPA Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles in her 2010 letter to the State Dept concerning States Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the 1,700 mile Keystone pipeline. Tar Sands oil production creates 82% more GHG than conventional oil production.

The Spotlight is on Canada and thier right wing governments decision to go for the big bucks, to light the fuse on the worlds biggest bitumen carbon time bomb, the Alberta Tar Sands.

What would the big man Al Gore say?

"Forward On Climate" Rally - February 17, 2013, 12:00 pm, Washington, DC

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"Forward On Climate" Blogathon: February 11 - February 15, 2013
Diary Schedule - All Times Pacific


Please join tens of thousands of Americans on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Feb. 17 from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm to urge President Barack Obama to take immediate action on Climate Change.  

President Obama has now listed Climate Change as an important part of his second term agenda. Legislative proposals and debate will occur in Congress.  President Obama can take executive action to move Forward on Climate now; he can reject the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  A recent study in Canada has linked tar sands with cancer, something First Nations groups have reported for years - with the result being increased cancer rates, deformed wildlife, and a variety of other negative impacts.  President Obama can also direct the Environmental Protection Agency to set carbon standards for power plants.

Let your voice be heard.


Our Daily Kos community organizers (Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, citisven, boatsie, JekyllnHyde, rb137, and peregrine kate) coordinated this blogathon with Bill McKibben of to help spread the word.

  • Monday, February 11

7:30 am: A Siegel.
11:00 am: citisven.
1:00 pm: Shaye Wolf, Climate Science Director for Center for Biological Diversity.
3:00 pm: Van Jones, President and Co-Founder of Rebuild the Dream.
4:00 pm: Glen the Plumber.
5:00 pm: Kitsap River.

  • Tuesday, February 12

11:00 am: Allison Fisher, Outreach Director for Public Citizen's Energy Program.
1:00 pm: Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President of the Hip Hop Caucus.
3:00 pm: gregladen.
5:00 pm: WarrenS.

  • Wednesday, February 13

11:00 am: Jeremy Bloom.
1:00 pm: Congressman Ed Markey, Democratic Candidate for 2013 United States Senate MA Special Election.
3:00 pm: FishOutofWater.
5:00 pm: Roger Fox.

  • Thursday, February 14

11:00 am: Marty Cobenais (Ojibwe), U.S. Pipeline & Heavy Haul Resistance Organizer for Indigenous Environmental Network. Liveblogging with Tom Goldtooth (Dine' and Dakota), Executive Director of IEN and Oglala Sioux Tribal Vice President Tom Poor Bear.
1:00 pm: rb137.
3:00 pm: James Wells.
5:00 pm: jlms qkw.

  • Friday, February 15

10:00 am: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer of Green For All.
11:00 am: Agathena.
3:00 pm: DWG.
5:00 pm: JekyllnHyde.

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  •  Canadian politics is, at present, tragic (14+ / 0-)

    I am at present so ashamed of my wonderful adopted country.

    There are five parties, four of them would do something about climate change. The government (with a majority) gets about 38-9% in the polls, but would be returned with a majority at the moment. The best chance to get those thugs out of government in Ottawa is to get at least three parties to cooperate and desist from competing in ridings where they are likely to finish 3rd or 4th.

    My riding is typical in many ways: the Conservatives win it with 40ish percent -- the NDP (social democrats)finished second, close behind were the Liberals and the Greens get 5% or more. In total the three left parties would win easily even while losing the farm and rural areas that surround the core city. For all I care each of the three left parties could puut in a name and someone could pick one out of a hat.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:39:21 AM PST

  •  Under capitalism (9+ / 0-)

    our governments, regardless of nation-state, are handmaidens of the economic system.  Organized power expects governments to prop up corporate profit and, if possible, generate economic growth.  Canada has tar sands, and so for Canada tar sands are the objects of corporate profit and economic growth.

    This will continue until either 1) the global warming holocaust arrives or 2) the people demand otherwise.

    "There's nothing heroic about earning profit." -Odo, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    by Cassiodorus on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:24:20 AM PST

  •  nice to wake up to discover (4+ / 0-)
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    elwior, JekyllnHyde, northerntier, DawnN

    2 diaries from blogathon on Rec list ... Kitsap River's from last night and yours rising.

  •  Maybe IF the Americans shift course, Canadians (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, ontario

    will do the same over time. It seems clear that the Conservatives in Ottawa have to some extent been taking their cues from the right-wing tenor of the U.S. climate debate. I hope if Obama works to shift the debate back somewhat toward sanity that that will embolden the swing voters up north.

    Very sad to see Canada, a nation I've admired for so long, becoming more like us -- in the bad ways.  

    "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by Kombema on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:47:36 AM PST

    •  For Reference, the US would look like Lichtenstein (1+ / 0-)
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      We would sit about seventh from the left at +19.6% increase from 1990 to 2005 and a -5.5% decrease from 2005 through 2010.  I haven't been able to find good 2012 numbers.  Obama has pledged to reduce by 17% from 2005 numbers by  2020, which should put us right around our 1990 levels or a bit lower.

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:35:01 AM PST

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  •  We can't win by putting out fires. (4+ / 0-)
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    orlbucfan, ontario, Roger Fox, DawnN

    The XL pipeline is a fire, deep water drilling is a fire, arctic drilling is a fire, Ecuadorian Amazon drilling is a fire...

    Global warming could very well mean the end of civilization as we know it.  But I think we environmentalists need to have a reasonable discussion as to where to put our limited resources to stop this catastrophe.

    I personally believe we simply can't try to match the huge resources of the fossil fuel industries.  Look how successful their propaganda campaign to muddy the waters about global warming has been.  Even environmentalists now use the term climate change (highly promoted by Frank Luntz).

    Our only hope is to make Alternative energy cheaper than fossil fuels.  Solar panels are already competitive with coal produced gas, and we can make it competitive with NG by removing incentives to drill and providing incentives to put up PV's.  A better battery changes the world and makes electric cars competitive with gas.  We have to push for more research dollars.  Google's self driving car could easily be a game changer.

    The deep water horizon made no difference to drilling.  We stopped off shore oil for awhile and now it's opening up again.  When gas hits $4.00 a gallon, people don't give a shit about global warming, they want cheap transportation and environmentalists become tree hugging obstructionists that are costing them a lot of money.

    I think Obama sees this, and behind the scenes has been trying to make clean energy, cheap energy, and fossil fuels expensive.  

    We don't have the time to be taking the wrong approach, so we better think hard about how to confront this monster.

    •  Your comment ignores some practical realities (0+ / 0-)

      In northern climates like Michigan natural gas is extensively used for both space and water heating.   There isn't any electric heat solution powered by solar energy available for
      conventional retrofit residential construction......and attempting to drop natural gas residential and commercial heating by switching to electric heat isn't practical or desireable.

  •  You can't equate the decision of the Keystone (0+ / 0-)

    XL pipeline and treat it as though it is some kind of go/no-go decision on use of Canadian tar sands synthetic crude.

    The reason is that a great many of the petroleum refineries in the midwest are already running a great deal if not majority of their production on Alberta tar sands synthetic crude.

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