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Trudeau is betting against himself on climate

12.22.16 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Sure, bitumen has a market in 20 years – if climate action fails Prime Minister Trudeau let his mask slip the day he approved two new heavy oil export pipelines: “There isn’t a country in the world that would find billions of barrels of oil and leave it in the ground while there is a […]

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Kinder Morgan tankers delivering oil to California, not Asia

12.20.16 | Media, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 20, 2016 Kinder Morgan tankers delivering oil to California, not Asia At current oil prices, Trans Mountain simply accelerates heavy oil sales to U.S. BURNABY – After loading up at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge marine terminal last week, the oil tanker Overseas Luzon has arrived at Long Beach, California – where refineries […]

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Will Trudeau cling to Trump … or China?

11.16.16 | Commentary, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

Oil minister dismisses Keystone, favours oil tankers to Asia The election of Donald Trump to the White House last week instantly revived hopes for the Keystone XL pipeline. Blocked by President Obama, the line would drain nearly a million barrels a day of Canadian crude to the most lucrative market in the world for heavy […]

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What Trump’s win can teach progressives

11.10.16 | Commentary, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

How do we harness the power of emotion to elect decent people? Yesterday I wrote about how local resistance can slow down climate change, even under a Donald Trump presidency. But we can’t win just by playing defence. One day we’ll need to change who’s in charge. To do that, we can learn from Trump […]

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How do we save the climate from President Trump?

11.09.16 | Commentary, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

The power of local resistance in the face of destructive political forces.  I was in my last year of high school when U.S. President George W. Bush decided to invade Iraq. Driven by grief and a sense of helplessness (I couldn’t even vote, let alone in America) I did the only thing I could: I […]

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Liberals ready to sacrifice three MPs for Kinder Morgan

10.05.16 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Gains in Alberta will offset B.C. blowback, sources say Trudeau government officials believe approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline and oil tanker project will jeopardize three Liberal seats in B.C. in the next election, according to a source who requested anonymity. However, the Liberals believe the move could also make them competitive in four new Calgary-area […]

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Pipeline panel proves critics correct

08.26.16 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Why did Kinder Morgan panel chair publish her opinion before hearings conclude? Can you imagine a judge publishing her opinion on a criminal trial before either side has finished presenting evidence? Such an extraordinary legal error would trigger an immediate mistrial. Yet when the chair of a panel reviewing a major pipeline proposal submitted an […]

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Letter shows Trudeau ready to break promise on Kinder Morgan

08.11.16 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Oil tanker approval would betray written commitment by Liberals. Sitting in a Burnaby hotel ballroom this week across from three sheepish federal pipeline panelists, I couldn’t help but remember a conversation I had with Justin Trudeau one year ago. “All I want to know,” I asked at a campaign stop, “is does your NEB overhaul […]

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