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Why is Canada far behind other countries in switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources?

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It is depressingly ironic that, while many other countries are steadily switching from fossil fuels to clean and renewable sources of energy, Canada’s federal and provincial governments squabble over building yet another pipeline to British Columbia—one that, with the existing Trans-Mountain pipeline, would nearly triple the delivery capacity from 300,000 barrels of oil a day to 890,000. And the planned new Kinder Morgan pipeline would carry the thickest and dirtiest oil of all: bitumen. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blithely claims that this massive increase in the extraction of oil from the tar sands is not incompatible with saving the environment from global warming. He proudly points to his government’s carbon pricing policy as evidence of a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He projects emissions will fall by 90 megatonnes by 2022, conveniently not mentioning that this reduction, even if achieved, will still be inadequate. It will fall far below…

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Time to take the Leap

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“Canadians believe that Canada and the provinces can become world leaders in addressing climate change.”

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Support growing for fossil fuel divestment at MUN

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Divest MUN says decision by university’s Board of Regents to strike an advisory committee to study the question of fossil fuel divestment is a “positive sign”.

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Calling for ethical and financial prudence

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Divest MUN is asking Memorial University to make its divest from fossil fuels.

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United Church to divest from fossil fuels

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Global movement grows in Canada’s faith community, strengthening the call to combat climate change on moral and ethical grounds.

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Lower oil royalties expected to last a decade: Dept. of Finance

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Official government projections for provincial oil royalties look bleak. We must adjust to life after the boom.

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Demanding economic, social and climate justice

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Following a weekend of nationwide protests, and as Canadian politicians host their counterparts from the rest of the Americas in Toronto this week, people are asking: What will it take for Canada and its provinces to decarbonize their economies and join the growing global movement toward clean, renewable energy.

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Climate change confusion and what we can do about it

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Memorial University climatologist Joel Finnis answers questions from The Independent about climate change denial, how the future looks for both Newfoundland and Labrador in a warming world, fossil fuel divestment, and whether or not “ethical” oil development is possible.

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MUN faculty support divestment, president defends big oil

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After MUN’s faculty union voted overwhelmingly in support of fossil fuel divestment to tackle climate change, Memorial University President Gary Kachanoski touted the school’s “ethical investment policy”. Problem is, that policy has not yet been enacted.

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#JeSuisPasAndy

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On the culture and consequences of climate change denial in Newfoundland and Labrador…

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NL Premier Paul Davis talks climate change

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On April 15, one day after NL Premier Paul Davis attended a climate summit in Quebec City that brought together most provincial and territorial leaders, Davis answered questions by phone about how Newfoundland and Labrador is responding to the climate crisis and the province’s “responsibility to be in oil”

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MUN and the Arctic Oil Frontier

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Memorial’s strategic investments in Arctic oil pose environmental risks in the region and to the planet

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Divest MUN joins Global Divestment Day of Action

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Memorial University’s fossil fuel divestment group launched its first direct action Thursday at Grenfell Campus, using impromptu theatre to talk about climate justice

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Can’t touch this: Arctic oil and NL

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The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador didn’t get the memo about climate change

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On the place of work

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The place of work shapes our lives, by its presence as well as its absence

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2014: Newfoundland & Labrador ‘Year in Review’

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We need a ‘bigger picture’ perspective if we’re to achieve the large scale change we desperately need. The Independent was there to cover the stories that mattered most in 2014. Help us do it again this year: #GoIndy2015!

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Fracking moratoria could cause “domino effect” in North America, including NL

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Three major decisions this week to ban fracking in New York, New Brunswick and Quebec indicate what some say could be the beginning of the end for fracking in Canada and the United States

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Students set to bring fossil fuel divestment to province

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They’ve been planning for more than a year, and now a group of students at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus is launching a movement to remove the university as an accomplice in the fossil fuel industry’s massive contribution to climate change.

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