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Report: ‘A Constellation of Risks’: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development

Report: ‘A Constellation of Risks’: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development

Material Risks: How public accountability is slowing tar sands development (pdf) By: Tom Sanzillo (IEEFA), Lorne Stockman (Oil Change International), Deborah Rogers (Energy Policy Forum), Hannah McKinnon (Oil Change International), Elizabeth Bast (Oil Change International), and Steve Kretzmann (Oil Change International)

October 29, 2014 Read More →

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Corporate climate battles in U.S. and Europe finding way to Canada

Financial Post: Before activist shareholder Engine No. 1 scored a major victory in forcing two directors onto the board of oil behemoth Exxon Mobil Corp., a preview of the battle played out in Calgary. Bâtirente, a Montreal-based retirement fund for union members of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), a trade union, submitted a shareholder […]

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Australia’s Suncorp to stop financing, insuring oil and gas industry by 2025

The Guardian: Major Australian insurer Suncorp will end any financing or insuring of the oil and gas industry by 2025, adding to the group’s existing ban on support for new thermal coal projects. The insurer revealed on Friday it had already stopped insuring, underwriting or directly investing in new oil and gas projects and would […]

August 21, 2020 Read More →

Norway’s investment fund withdraws coal-related holdings, puts others on notice

Reuters: Norway’s $1 trillion wealth fund is excluding some of the world’s biggest commodities firms from its portfolio, including Glencore and Anglo American, because of their use and production of coal. Underlining the growing role of climate considerations for long-term investors, the fund is also excluding German utility RWE, South African petrochemicals firm Sasol and […]

May 13, 2020 Read More →

Norway’s municipal pension fund completes divestment of Canadian oil sands assets

Canada’s National Observer: Norway’s municipal employees pension fund, the country’s largest, has sold its last remaining stakes in companies with operations in Canada’s oil sands, saying holding them does not align with efforts to keep global heating below internationally agreed-upon targets. The fund, Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP), last year dumped stocks that drew more than 30 […]

October 7, 2019 Read More →

‘Oil Companies Incensed by the Idea That They May Be the Next Lehman Brothers’

From The Economist: Oil companies have been incensed by the idea that they may be the next Lehman Brothers. Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, talks of financial regulators trying to “weaponise financial markets against oil and gas”. Patrick Pouyanné, the boss of Total, has urged Mr Carney to “take care of […]

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Low Oil Prices Crimp Tar-Sand Hopes

Bloomberg reports this morning on the declining prospects for Canadian tar-sands development as the price of oil falls. Excerpts from the article by Joe Carroll: “Dangerous and difficult oil fields that looked like goldmines when crude fetched more than $100 a barrel have turned into money pits.” “Even before the oil market collapse began in […]

January 8, 2015 Read More →
Nervous in Tar-Sands Country; Utility-Company Existentialism; Australia Coal Outlook Dims

Nervous in Tar-Sands Country; Utility-Company Existentialism; Australia Coal Outlook Dims

SNOWMOBILE SALES AND HOUSE PRICES ARE DOWN IN FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA, Reuters reports, as residents of the heart of Canada’s tar-sands region grow uneasy about whether the industry can deliver as promised. Nia Williams reports a “sense of unease” across the economy as lower global oil prices cast the future of tar-sands development in doubt. […]

December 16, 2014 Read More →

Our Tar-Sands Outlook, Part 2: Weak Fundamentals

By DEBORAH ROGERS  The tar-sands industry faces numerous vulnerabilities, none of which appears insurmountable on its own. Taken as a whole, however, these vulnerabilities create a daunting constellation of risks, as we explained last week in a report we published. That report, which we published with Oil Change International, examined the top 10 large tar-sands […]

November 4, 2014 Read More →

Our Tar-Sands Outlook, Part 1: Costly Opposition, in Perpetuity

By TOM SANZILLO The bottom line on the financial analysis we published last week around Canadian tar-sands development is that public opposition has cost and will continue to cost the industry billions of dollars in lost revenues. These are not untold billions. Our analysis shows that half of these lost revenues from 2010-2030 — $17 […]

November 3, 2014 Read More →

Tar Sands Report: $31 Billion Lost Revenue to Date; Expansion Unlikely to Proceed as Protests Mount

IEEFA IS OUT THIS MORNING WITH A REPORT ON THE GROWING “Constellation of Risks” facing the oil-production development of tar sands. The full report is posted just below this item. Here’s the text of the press release: Report: Tar Sands Producers Face a Growing ‘Constellation of Risks’ as Public Opposition Hits Industry’s Bottom Line

$31 Billion […]

October 29, 2014 Read More →