Mercury rising

Recent studies confirm once again that Arctic region populations have dangerous levels of mercury in their blood. Coal-fired power plants are the main source of this potent neurotoxin. Canada and the US are switching from coal to natural gas, but then are exporting their coal to countries that are much less concerned about mercury emissions from power generation. Airborne mercury travels the globe. It will come back to haunt Canadians who think it's no longer their problem. Read More

Is the TMEX pipeline a future stranded asset?

The US and Canada, rely heavily on fossil fuel production and exports. But the surging market penetration of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency improvements, and climate emission policies will substantially reduce the global demand for fossil fuels. As the demand for fossil fuels declines and the price of oil falls, the impact on the oil industry in the US and Canada is severe--curtailing production and stranding their assets. The oil sands are exceptionally vulnerable, and the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline by the Canadian government looks like a colossal mistake. Read More

More bang for the buck? Oil trains and pipelines

The oil train disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec, happened five years ago. As pipeline capacity tightens, oil companies are choosing trains to move their petroleum products. Flammable and volatile, these cargoes are an enormous risk for communities situated along the tracks. But building more pipelines is not the solution. The modern world is going electric--powered by renewable energy. Fossil fuels are the also-rans. Read More

Fracking is bad for your health

Two US physicians groups have issued a comprehensive assessment of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, whish sets out in great detail just how fracking is bad for your health. And the health of the planet also--because fracking releases much more methane than is being reported by regulatory agencies. Read More

Permafrost locks in tons of mercury–until it thaws

The Arctic permafrost contains nearly twice as much mercury as all other soils, the ocean, and the atmosphere combined. The permafrost is thawing--potentially releasing large quantities of this neurotoxin into the environment. The Minamata Convention on Mercury--which came into force last year and which is intended to curtail mercury emissions from anthropogenic sources like coal-fired power plants, may prove to be almost irrelevant. Read More

Scott Pruitt digs virtual coal

Scott Pruitt, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency continues to impress: he lied on TV about the number of jobs generated in the coal industry over the last six months: he said “since the fourth quarter of last year to most recently added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector. In the month […] Read More

Fossil fuels’ massive pollution

Clean stuff filthy stuff So we all know that burning coal and oil to generate electricity is bad for the climate. CO2 levels refuse to level out–we broke through the 400 ppm barrier earlier this year. And the folks at the UN who are reporting on the Paris accords have just acknowledged that what we […] Read More